The Built Green Hammer Awards honor members for their outstanding projects over the past year in different building categories. Check out the winners:
Sage Homes Northwest takes pride in its focus on re-development in the core of Seattle, which reduces urban sprawl and promotes walkability and a sense of community. They have been serving customers since 2006. During the yearlong judging period, they certified 46 homes at the 4-Star level.
Large Production Builder—Isola Homes
Isola Homes is a locally owned company dedicated to building homes that embody the evolving needs of homeowners and communities. They are passionate about sustainable design, environmental stewardship and making valuable and enduring contributions to the communities in which they build. In the past year they certified 105 homes at the 4-Star level.
Multifamily Builder, 1–50 Units—3635 Phinney Ave. N LLC
3635 Phinney Ave N LLC sits under the umbrella of Red Cedar Properties LLC , which develops eco-friendly, liveable, small, smart studios. Their winning project is a 4-Star, 27-unit building in Fremont complete with a solar array.
Multifamily Builder, 51–150 Units—Exxel Pacific
Exxel Pacific is dedicated to sustainability through building design and construction practices, as well as embracing it as a corporate culture. The winning project in the heart of the U-District is a 7-story, 84-unit student housing project with a 3,000 square foot historical renovation incorporated into the design.
Model Remodel is a design-build contractor located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. Building sustainably has been at the forefront of their mission since inception 16 years ago. They always work hard to achieve Built Green certification for remodels of all sizes, even when it is difficult, and they’ve certified two Built Green projects in the past year.
Two surprise categories were also announced! Project of the Year was awarded to TC Legend Homes for their work on the West Seattle Emerald Star, along with homeowners Andri and Veena! TC Legend Homes is no stranger to net zero building, but this was their first Emerald Star project. All of the project’s annual energy use will be covered by solar PV and it also contains a 10,000 gallon rainwater storage and filtration system to collect water for indoor use.
The Built Green Pioneer Awards are given to people who have played an integral role in developing and maintaining the Built Green program.
The first surprise winners were Bryan Bell and Karin Weekly. Bryan and Karin live in zHome, an Emerald Star Built Green project, and ever since they were interviewed by Built Green staff for the post-occupancy study on zHome they have been nothing but supportive of the program, giving home tours and opening their door to media, speaking about Built Green with their neighbors, and serving on panels to talk about their experience. Bryan now sits on the Built Green Executive Committee to lend his perspective as a resident. We are super grateful to have residents of projects get involved in the program, and Bryan and Karin absolutely exemplify that.
The second Pioneer Award recipient was Tadashi Shiga, owner and founder of Evergreen Certified. Evergreen Certified has received an award for their advocacy related to Built Green, but Tadashi deserved to be recognized as an individual for his tremendous support of the Built Green program. He is constantly offering his help, coming up with new ideas, and advocating on Built Green’s behalf to transform the area building market.
Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you for all you do!
Model Remodel photo courtesy Cindy Apple Photography