Awards and CertificationsBrian Alpert2021-03-26T11:59:34-04:00
BPC Homes Earn Top Industry Awards and Certifications
BPC Green Builders and BPC’s high-performance green homes keep winning building industry awards and earn residential green building and healthy home related certifications. Most earn more than one certification. BPC homes have earned some of the highest awards and industry certifications such as LEED for Homes Platinum.
Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Scores
BPC homes also 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.
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Governmental Certifications and Awards
The US Department of Energy (DOE)
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 BPC homes today are engineered to meet or exceed the US DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program certification standards.
DOE National Housing Innovation Awards
2020 Winner – National Housing Innovation Awards
The US Department of Energy named a Net Zero contemporary dream home built by BPC Green Builders as a winner of the 2020 National Housing Innovation Awards in the category of Innovation in Custom Homes (For Buyer). This is the fifth DOE National Housing Innovation Award BPC has received.
2017 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 a winner of the 2017 National Housing Innovation Awards in the category of Innovation in Custom Homes (For Buyer). This is the fourth DOE National Housing Innovation Award BPC has received. BPC’s project was one of 9 finalists from across the US in this category.
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 received. BPC’s project was one of fifteen finalists from across the US. (Download the DOE’s case study for this project.)
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS Certifications
ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS are voluntary programs developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote energy efficiency and improved indoor air quality for businesses and consumers. ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS were developed as standards for certifying new homes. All BPC homes are built or renovated to meet the criteria for both certifications. Most of our projects exceed the ENERGY STAR criteria substantially.
Both ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS certification standards are incorporated into the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification standards.
All homes BPC builds meet or exceed ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS certification standards.
Green Building Organization Awards
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.
For the 2020 ZEC, BPC Green Builders, Inc. and its principals, Mike and Chris Trolle were awarded the Peter Harding Service Award in recognition of BPC’s long history of building extremely energy-efficient, high-performance, near-zero energy and net-zero energy homes, their dedication to building green homes and their winning 4 Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge Homes in the past.
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.
On March 12, 2019, BPC Green Builders was honored for significantly incorporating green practices into their culture and operations at TownVibe’s Sixth Annual Green Awards’ ceremony in Ridgefield, CT.
Home Builder Associations
NAHB Research Center
National Green Building Standard™ Emerald 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.
HOBI Awards sponsored by the Connecticut Home Builders Association
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.
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.