Sustainable Leadership Awards
Sustainable Leadership Awards

Sustainable Leadership Awards

Thanks to everyone who joined us at our Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards on April 20th, 2017 as we celebrated the region’s premiere building professionals for their work in 2016. We hope you enjoyed the educational sessions, the panel, the awards program, and the networking reception!

On Thursday, April 20th, just two days before Earth Day, regional leaders in the advancement of sustainable design and construction were honored as winners of Viridiant’s Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards. The annual awards recognize the region’s premiere developers, builders, architects, government officials and other industry professionals for their work in advancing the benefits of sustainable building. Winners were announced at a reception held at the Virginia Historical Society which drew over 150 guests. During the program, attendees also enjoyed a housing policy and research panel – “Leveraging Partner Success Towards Economic, Environmental, and Structural Sustainability” with Art Bowen of Virginia Hosuing Development Authority, Andrew McCoy of Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, and Angela Navarro of the Office of Governor McAuliffe, moderated by Bob Adams of HDAdvisors.

“It’s an honor to recognize the dedicated individuals who continue to amaze us with their passion for high performance home building,” said KC Bleile, Executive Director of Viridiant. “This year’s nominees and winners exceed building expectations with their cutting edge projects that are transforming today’s housing market and serve as proof that the science of sustainability can deliver a housing future that is more affordable, more durable and more liveable.”

Winners at this year’s event were awarded based on projects that were completed in 2016. This year’s award winners include:

  • Visionary Award: Mike Toalson, Home Builders Association of Virginia
  • Single Family Developer of the Year: Southern Development Homes – Charlottesville, VA
  • Single Family Builder of the Year: Evergreen Homecrafters – Midlothian, VA
  • Single Family New Construction Project of the Year: Home on Bethel Church Road, New Castle, VA – Shelter Alternatives
  • Single Family Renovation Project of the Year: Home on Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA – Hollyport Ventures
  • EarthCraft Single Family Debut Award: EnviroHomeDesign – Arlington, VA
  • Habitat for Humanity Affiliate of the Year: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
  • Multifamily Developer of the Year: The Franklin-Johnston Group
  • Multifamily New Construction Project of the Year: The Springs Apartments, Arlington, VA – Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
  • Multifamily Renovation Project of the Year: Linden Grove, Christiansburg, VA – Community Housing Partners
  • Top Ten High Performance Homes of the Year
    • Top High Performance Home of the Year: Home on Bethel Church Road, New Castle, VA – Shelter Alternatives
    • #2: Home on Floyd Street, Blacksburg, VA – Shelter Alternatives
    • #3: Home on Bunny Trail Drive, Blacksburg, VA – Shelter Alternatives
    • #4: Home on Louisiana Street, Richmond, VA – Health E Community Enterprises
    • #5: Home on Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA – Hollyport Ventures
    • #6: Home on Clayborne Avenue, Alexandria, VA – Habitat for Humanity Northern Virginia
    • #7: Home on Clayborne Avenue, Alexandria, VA – Habitat for Humanity Northern Virginia
    • #8: Home on 5th Street SW, Charlottesville, VA – Latitude 38
    • #9: Home on Willowlawn Way, Virginia Beach, VA – Benchmark Building Corporation
    • #10: Home on Riverside Avenue, Charlottesville, VA – Latitude 38

Panel Sessions

Three Years of Data: Latest Findings on Virginia’s Energy Efficient Housing Stock

with Andrew McCoy, Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech

Join us as our panelist discusses preliminary findings from a multi-year study undertaken by the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) at Virginia Tech and Housing Virginia. Over the last three years, researchers have measured and evaluated energy use, construction cost and occupant behavior data in EarthCraft Multifamily (ECMF) certified developments. The analysis builds on VCHR’s study “The Impact of Energy Efficient Design and Construction on LIHTC in Virginia”  that reported significant energy and utility savings as well as affordability, comfort and quality of life benefits for residents living in ECMF certified developments.

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Services and Tools to Manage Your Home’s Energy

with Michael Hubbard, Dominion Virginia Power and Sean Evensen-Shanley, Viridiant

This session will cover energy efficient programs and tools for homeowners and builders alike. Dominion Virginia Power will discuss details and successes of its EnergyShare® energy assistance program, a system that offers bill pay assistance, free weatherization and energy-saving upgrades for veterans and anyone who faces financial hardships from unemployment or family crisis. Viridiant will discuss their impact on the environment and people’s lives, as well as new programs being developed to increase that impact. Viridiant will introduce new tools to help both homeowners and builders better understand their energy and water usage and how to make cost effective improvements. Solar, net zero, guaranteed energy bills, and energy benchmarking will be covered.

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