The award winners of the 2020 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge, which helps promote the utilization of the HERS® Index have been announced by Matt Gingrich, Board President of RESNET, and Paul Duffy, President of the Canadian counterpart Canadian Residential Energy Services Network (CRESNET) at the 2020 RESNET Building Performance Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. “With over 2.7 million homes rated in the US, the 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. “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 Paul Duffy. This was the 7th year for the awards at the RESNET Conference. There were a total of 11 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® Drain Water Heat Recovery System, two were special President’s awards based on a fleet of HERS new home ratings, sponsored by Icynene – Lapolla and two were Net Zero awards including PV Solar applications sponsored by Dow. In addition, the Enbridge Innovation Award sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution was presented to the winner and the runner up. This international award went to the builder in the US or Canada that HERS rated a home demonstrating energy/resource innovation in new home construction.” The 2020 Cross Border Challenge award winners are: RESNET President’s Award The winner is Executive Homes, Oklahoma for having 100% of the homes they built with a HERS Index Score 52. Pictured above, from left to right: Alex Trinidad, President and General Counsel of Executive Homes; Matt Gingrich, RESNET Board President; Steve Baden, RESNET Executive Director; Rod Buchalter of RenewABILITY Energy Inc., Chairman of the Cross Border Builder Challenge Committee CRESNET President’s Award The winner is Heathwood Homes, GTA of Ontario for having 100% of their homes built in 2019 with a HERS Index Score of under 52. Pictured above, from left to right: John Godden, CRESNET; Paul Duffy, CRESNET Board President; Jimmy Neto, Brookfield Residential; Silvana Ramirez, Brookfield Residential; Tim Campanale, Campanale Homes, and Rod Buchalter of RenewABILITY EnergyInc. Chairman of the Cross Border Builder Challenge Committee. Other 2020 Cross Border Builder Winners include: • Net Zero American Builder – Zero Net Now, New York with a HERS Index Score of -11 • Lowest HERS Index Score American Custom Builder – Zero Net Now, New York with a HERS Index Score of 26 • Lowest HERS Index Score American Production Builder – Lennar Minnesota with a HERS Index Score of 41 • Lowest HERS Index Score Canadian Production Builder – Brookfield Residential, Ontario with a HERS Index Score of 39 • Lowest HERS Index Score Canadian Mid Production Builder – Campanale Homes, Ottawa with a HERS Index Score of 36 • Lowest HERS Index Score Canadian Custom Builder – Tribute Homes, Ontario with a HERS Index Score of 40 • Enbridge Innovation Award – Enbridge Innovation Award – Geranium Homes, Ontario for their “HERS H20 PROJECT” Winners in all Low HERS Index Score categories each won a free Power-Pipe® Drain Water Heat Recovery System from Renewability Energy Inc as part of their awards.