Homebuilders win Power Builder award


The Green Cottage by Holland-based builder Cottage Home. Photo via fb.com

A pair of homebuilders in the region have won a Power Builder award from a national council focused on sustainable building.

Holland-based Cottage Home and Grand Rapids-based Habitat for Humanity of Kent County won the LEED Homes Power Builder award from the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, D.C. last month, recognizing their leadership and innovation in green building.

The two West Michigan organizations were among 25 Power Builder honorees. It was the first time Power Builders were named during the council’s annual LEED Homes awards.

To be considered a Power Builder, organizations must have LEED certified 90 percent or more of their homes or units built in 2015.

Cottage Home has built more than 100 sustainable homes since it began focusing on LEED criteria in 2008. It has 31 LEED certifications, including 13 platinum-level certifications.

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is nearing more than 150 homes completed in the region that have achieved LEED certification.

“Homes represent a critical piece of the buildings industry and our daily life,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “We applaud these amazing honorees for their significant contribution to greening the residential sector by implementing strategies that positively impact the environment and enhance the health and well-being of their occupants.”

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