CINCINNATI, OH -- Green Builder® Media, the leading media company focused on sustainable living, announces the winners of its annual Green Home of the Year awards competition.
Judges selected projects that blend sophisticated design, progressive resource-saving technologies, and advanced building science as its Green Home of the Year winners. In addition to the grand prize, categories included best contemporary design, best regional adaptation, best multi-unit project, and best affordable project.
This year's 'grand award winner is a contemporary home in Park City, Utah designed by Jean-Yves Lacroix and built by Garret Strong. Careful site orientation takes advantage of the lot's extraordinary views and maximizes the ability to use solar power for the home's heating and cooling. Green products include Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS), smart glazing, cool metal roofing, efficient appliances, and low flow faucets.
"We chose this project as our Green Home of the Year because of the way it marries sleek European design with high performance," says Green Builder media editorial director Cati O'Keefe. "We received many excellent entries, but this home exemplified how green can be both beautiful and affordable."
Judge Mark Johnson, Director Architect Relations and Education for Masco Cabinetry, selected the home as the grand prize winner because "its green attributes make it easy for the homeowner to live sustainably."
According to Green Builder magazine, "Research has shown that the built environment -- and its proximity to or detachment from nature -- has a profound effect on human psychology... each design choice changes how we interact with a space, how long we may live there, even our relationships with the space. This month's award-winning homes demonstrate a sensitivity to that human element."
Each year, the Green Builder media Home of the Year competition showcases extraordinary projects that integrate the built and natural environments.
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