The U. S. Green building Council has announced the recipients of the 2010 LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) for Homes Awards recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders who have raised the standard in residential building.
Three New York-area projects earned recognition in such categories as affordable housing projects and developers. Blue Sea Development of New York was honored with the Outstanding Affordable Developer award for three projects: the LEED Platinum General Colin L. Powell Apartments, Morrisinia Homes in the Bronx and the Eltona, the first affordable rental LEED Platinum building in New York state.
The General Colin L. Powell Apartments, a 50-unit midrise building located on a once boarded up street in the South Bronx— built by Blue Sea Development Co. and Habitat for Humanity New York City—earned the Outstanding Affordable Housing Project award.
The apartment complex incorporated long-term affordability through energy savings into its project design and boasts the highest modeled energy savings of any affordable multifamily project in New York City’s Energy Star history.
Other 2010 award categories recognized innovative multi- and single-family projects, production builders, an overall commitment to LEED for Homes and Project of the Year. Category winners include: Postgreen’s 100K House in Philadelphia, for the 2010 Project of the Year award; Sacramento Habitat for Humanity, for the Outstanding Program Commitment award; Artistic Homes for the Outstanding Production Builder award, based on achievements and future commitments to green homebuilding in New Mexico; 3404 Talon Court in Wilmington, N.C., built by ILM Design Build for the Outstanding Multifamily Project award; and Bastyr Student Housing at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash., for the Outstanding Multifamily Project award.
Hundreds of nominations were elicited through a public call. A panel of judges nominated by the LEED for Homes stakeholder community chose the 2010 LEED for Homes award winners.