2017 RESNET Cross Border Challenge Awards Announced

March 21st, 2017 - Posted by Laurel Elam under RESNET News

The award winners of the 2017 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge, which helps promote the utilization of the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index were announced by Roy Honican, President of the RESNET Board of Directors and John Godden, President of the Canadian counterpart, CRESNET, at the 2017 RESNET Building Performance Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The RESNET Cross Border Challenge is a friendly competition between American and Canadian home builders to determine just how energy efficient builders can build. There were a total of nine builder awards presented for this year’s competition; five were based on having the lowest HERS score for their specific category, sponsored by Power-Pipe®; two were special President’s awards based on a fleet of HERS new home ratings, sponsored by Icynene; and two were Net Zero awards including PV Solar applications sponsored by Dow.

The highlights of the awards are the RESNET President’s Award for the American Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes rated with a HERS score under 54 and the CRESNET President’s Award for the Canadian Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes rated with a HERS score under 54.

The RESNET President’s Award for the American Production Builder was awarded to KB Homes.  RESNET Board President Roy Honican presented the award to Jacob Atalla, Lee Elingburg, and Lisa Belt of KB Homes at the General Session of the RESNET Conference.

Jacob Atalla, Lee Elingburg, and Lisa Belt of KB Homes, Paul Duffy Icynene and Roy Honican, RESNET

The CRESNET President’s Award for the Canadian Production Builder with the highest percentage of homes rated with a HERS score under 54 was awarded to Starlane Homes of Vaughan, Ontario.  CRESNET Board President John Godden presented the award to Anthony Zanini, CRESNET HERS Rater for Starlane Homes.

John Godden of CESNET, Anthony Zanini, CRESNET HERS Rater and Paul Duffy of Icynene

Brookfield Residential won an unique distinction in that it received both the Canadian and U.S. Lowest HERS Index score of a Production Builder.  Brookfield was recognized for a HERS Index score of 42 in the U.S. and a score of 34 in Canada.

Jim Sanford and Brian Stamm of the Colorado Division of Brookfield Residential, Paul Duffy of Icynene, Tiago Moura and Jimmy Neto of the Toronto Division of Brookfield Residential and John Gooden of CRESNET.

Other 2017 Cross Border Challenge winners are:

  • Net Zero American Builder – Greenhill Contracting of New Platz, NY, with a HERS Index score of -11
  • Lowest HERS score American Custom Builder – Garbacik Construction,of Rochester, NY with a HERS score of 22
  • Lowest HERS score Canadian Mid Production Builder – Highmark Homes of Whitby, Ontario with a HERS Index Score of 43
  • Lowest HERS score Canadian Custom Builder – Signature Homes of Kingston, Ontario with a HERS score of 40
  • Net Zero Canadian Builder – Doug Tarry Homes of St. Thomas, Ontario with a HERS score of 1

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Cross Border Challenge builder winners.

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