2015 RESNET – CRESNET Cross Border Builder Challenge Awards Announced

March 5th, 2015 - Posted by Laurel Elam under RESNET News

The award winners of the 2015 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge, which helps promote the utilization of the HERS Index Score were announced by Steve Baden, Executive Director of RESNET, and John Godden, President of the Canadian counterpart CRESNET at the 2015 RESNET Building Performance Conference in San Diego, California.

The Cross Border Challenge is a competition among U.S. and Canadian Builders on achieving the lowest HERS Index Scores.  There are six categories of awards:

  • RESNET President’s Award for the American Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes rated under HERS score 55
  • CRESNET President’s Award for the Canadian Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes rated under HERS score 55
  • Net Zero Energy American Builder with the Lowest HERS Index Score (including PV)
  • Lowest HERS Index Score American Custom Builder (< 50 homes HERS rated per year)
  • Lowest HERS Index Score Canadian Production Builder (> 50 homes HERS rated per year)
  • Lowest HERS Index Score Canadian Custom Builder (< 50 homes HERS rated per year)
  • Net Zero Energy Canadian Builder with the lowest HERS Index Score (including PV)

The 2015 RESNET President’s Award was issued to KB Homes.  RESNET Board President Jim Petersen along with the co-sponsors of the award and Rod Buchalter of RenewABILITY Energy Inc.  and Paul Duffy of Icynene presented the award to Jacob Atalla of KB Home.

Rod Buchalter, Jim Petersen, Paul Duffy and Jacob Attala

The 2015 CRESNET President’s Award was awarded to Brookfield Residential.  CRESNET Board President, John Godden, along with the co-sponsors of the award and Rod Buchalter of RenewABILITY Energy Inc.  and Paul Duffy of Icynene presented the award to Bob Stewart of Brookfield Residential.

John Godden, Paul Duffy, Bob Stewart and Rod Buchalter

The winners of the CRESNET and RESNET President’s Awards each won an insulation package from Icynene. Products  included Icynene Classic Max and Classic Plus Low Density spray foams and Icynene ProSeal and ProSeal Eco, Medium Density spray foams.

As part of the competition American and Canadian builders were recognized for the lowest HERS Index Scores in their category:

  • Net Zero Energy American Builder – Robert Dykins  of South Glastonbury, CT –HERS Index of -23
  • Lowest HERS Index Score American Custom Builder – Greenhill Contracting of New Paltz, NY – HERS Index Score of 26
  • Net Zero Canadian Builder – Wrighthaven Homes of Elora, ON – HERS Index Score of -1
  • Lowest HERS Index Score Canadian Production Builder – Brookfield Residential of Toronto, ON- HERS Index Score of 41
  • Lowest HERS Index Score Canadian Custom Builder – Tobey Developments of Brighton, ON – HERS Index Score of 36

Each winner in all Lowest HERS Scores categories won a free Power-Pipe® Drain Water Heat Recovery System.

“With well over 1.5 million homes having been rated in the US and issued a HERS Index Score, the Home HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is now being measured in the US and Canada. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance,” noted Steve Baden of RESNET.

“The RESNET Cross Border Challenge is a friendly competition between American and Canadian Home Builders to determine just how energy efficient builders can build,” noted John Godden of CRESNET.

  • Ross Elliott

    Can’t wait for the Cross Border EnerGuide Challenge when HOT2K v.12 is launched this year, rating houses by actual modeledl energy use. Go Canada!

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