Awards and Certifications

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BPC Green Builders Homes Regularly Earn Top Industry Awards and Certifications

BPC Green Builders and BPC’s high performance green homes have won and keep winning building industry awards and earn residential green building and healthy home related certifications. Our homes have earned some of the highest awards and industry certifications given.

BPC homes consistently achieve excellent “Home Energy Rating System” (HERS) scores. HERS scores don’t just say a home is energy efficient. It proves it and shows exactly how energy efficient it is.

Check out the  Home Energy Ratings System (HERS) scores our projects have received.

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Governmental

The US Department of Energy
Zero Energy Ready Home Certification

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has established a certification standard for home energy efficiency called the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home. The general aim is for a home to generate as much energy as it uses, if not more. All new BPC homes are engineered to meet the certification standards of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program.

DOE National Housing Innovation Awards

Zero Energy Ready Housing Innovation Award grand winner 2015

2015 Grand Prize Winner – National Housing Innovation Awards
The US Department of Energy named a Passive House certified colonial style custom home built by BPC Green Builders as the Grand Prize winner of the 2015 National Housing Innovation Awards for Custom Innovation on the Path to Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes. This is the third DOE National Housing Innovation Award BPC has receivedBPC’s project was one of fifteen finalists from across the US.  (Download the DOE’s case study for this project.)

Housing Innovation Award 2015 PDF
Zero Energy Ready Housing Innovation Award winner 2014

2014 National Housing Innovation Award
In 2014 the DOE chose a Passive House certified cottage as one of 22 national winners of its 2014 National Housing Innovation Awards for Custom Innovation on the Path to Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes. This is BPC’s second National Housing Innovation Award. (Download the DOE’s case study for this project.)

Housing Innovation Award 2014 PDF
Zero Energy Ready Housing Innovation Award winner 2013

2013 National Housing Innovation Award
In 2013 the DOE chose a new contemporary-style home in New Fairfield as one of 21 national winners of its 2013 National Housing Innovation Awards for “Custom Innovation on the Path to Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes.” (Download the DOE’s case study for this project.)

Housing Innovation Award 2013 PDF

 

US Environmental Protection Agency
Energy Star Certification

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote energy efficiency for businesses and consumers. ENERGY STAR has developed a standard for certifying new homes. All BPC homes are built or renovated to meet the ENERGY STAR certification criteria. Most exceed the criteria substantially

Green Building Organizations

Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)

Passive House is a certification program that has done groundbreaking technical work in the field of building science to dramatically improve the energy performance of new homes and buildings around the world. PHIUS is a US offshoot of that program.

In 2015, a new Historic Colonial-style home in Watertown was certified.

In 2014, a new cottage-style home in Danbury built by BPC became the first Passive House certified by PHIUS in Connecticut.

Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge sponsored by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund

For the 2014 ZEC, a new house built by BPC in Watertown was the winner of the award 3rd place award and Honorable Mention.
View video of BPC’s 2014 ZEC Winner

For the 2013 ZEC, a new house built by BPC in Danbury was the winner of the award for the Lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index without Renewable Technologies.
View video of BPC’s 2013 ZEC Winner

In 2012, a new house built by BPC in New Fairfield was the winner of the award for the Lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index without Renewable Technologies.
View video of BPC’s 2012 ZEC Winner

In 2010, the Kantor House won 3rd prize in this annual competition focused on low-energy homes.
View video of BPC’s 2010 ZEC Winner

US Green Building Council
LEED for Homes

The USGBC named The Taft School Faculty Residence built by BPC as the Outstanding Single-Family Project in the US for 2015. The Taft School faculty home serves as a high-performance residence and learning lab for students. It is Connecticut’s first building to achieve LEED Platinum certification under the Building Design and Construction rating system for Homes using the new and more stringent LEED v4. The design and construction process is used as a teaching tool for science classes. The students monitor the energy use and there is also a vegetable garden, chickens and a rain garden on site as part of a comprehensive sustainability site.

2015 LEED Silver: a fully renovated colonial style house in Ridgefield. (70s Colonial Update)

2015 LEED Platinum:  a new Historic Colonial-style Home in Watertown. (Passive House Colonial)

2014 LEED certified: a new Neo-Traditional-style Home in Ridgefield.

2013 LEED Platinum: a new Contemporary-style Home in New Fairfield. (Candlewood Mountaintop Contemporary)

2013 LEED Gold: a new Neo-Traditional-style Home in Norwalk. (Classic Single-Gable Design)

2012 LEED Platinum: a new Contemporary-style Home in Norwalk. (Green Contemporary Home on the Sound)

2010 LEED Platinum: a fully renovated and expanded cape-style house in Ridgefield. This was the first home certified at the platinum tier in Fairfield County. (Reimagined Cape)

2009 LEED Platinum: a new Adirondack-style Home in New Canaan. (A Taste of the Adirondacks)

2007 LEED Silver: a new Neo-Traditional-style home in Bethany became one of the first LEED certified homes in the country during the pilot phase of the program.

The Connecticut Green Building CouncilUS Green Building Council Connecticut Chapter logo

In 2015, the CTGBC chose a new Colonial-style home built by BPC for its “Award of Honor,” its top residential award each year.

In 2013, the CTGBC chose the Lawrence House for a Merit Award.

In 2012, the CTGBC chose the Costigan House for a Merit Award.

In 2010, the CTGBC chose the Kantor House as “The Most Intriguing Residence in Connecticut”.

In 2008, the CTGBC chose a new Saltbox Home built by BPC as “The Most Intriguing Residence in Connecticut”.

 

Green Builder magazine

Green Builder magazine selected the Kantor House as the outstanding home in the US for its “Best Use of Advanced Building Technology” for their 2010 Green Home of the Year Awards program. An article on the house was published in their December “Awards” issue.

NAHB Research Center’s National Green Building Standard™ Certification

In 2009, a New Adirondack-style Home in New Canaan was certified at the top Emerald tier. This certification means a project has been independently verified by an accredited third-party and received National Green Building Certification.

Home Builder Associations

HOBI Awards sponsored by the
Connecticut Home Builders Association

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2011 Best Energy Efficient/Green Remodel in Connecticut
BPC won for a Renovated Colonial in Ridgefield.

2006 Best Energy Efficient/Green Home in Connecticut
BPC won for a new Saltbox Home in Norfolk.

2004 Best Energy Efficient/Green Home in Connecticut
BPC won for a new Four-Square Victorian Reproduction Home in Redding.

Health-Related

American Lung Association Health House

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In 2000, BPC completed a new, Super-Insulated Home in Roxbury, becoming the first and only builder in Connecticut to complete a home that meets the rigorous requirements of the ALA Health House program.

This national program has pulled together the expertise of top building scientists to establish criteria for every aspect of a home’s construction and operation to ensure high standards for indoor air quality, as well as other performance qualities including energy efficiency.

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