Recognizing Virginia’s High Performance Home of the Year
Viridiant, formerly Earth Craft Virginia, held their annual awards ceremony recognizing leaders in the field of energy efficient and sustainable construction on Thursday, April 19.
In opening remarks delivered to the assembled nominees, KC Bleile, Executive Director of Viridiant explained the purpose of the awards. “Each year, our nominees and winners amaze us with their cutting edge projects that are transforming today’s housing market and serve as proof that the science of sustainability can deliver a housing future that is more affordable, more durable and more liveable. It is truly our honor to recognize the work of these dedicated teams and their passion for high performance home building.”
The award for the Top High Performance Home of the Year went to Old Dominion Innovations’ very first Earth Craft Certified home, making the accomplishment even more noteworthy.
The 2093 square foot single family dwelling, constructed in Louisa County, Virginia, was conceptualized by the design team of Jennifer Radakovic and Laura Pitcher. Featuring Structural Insulated Panel construction over a Superior Walls basement, the ultra efficient structure earned an impressive Home Energy Rating System score of 10; and an EarthCraft score of 175. Elements such as passive solar design, an energy recovery ventilator, 100% LED lighting, mini split heat pumps, Solar Thermal water heating, Energy Star Certified appliances and a 6.8kW Solar PV System with a battery backup combined to enhance to the home’s sustainable, low energy footprint.
Steve Fitchett, President of Old Dominion Innovations, explains the concept behind the home. “The homeowners are invested in responsible lifestyle choices. They were deeply committed to creating a home that had the lowest possible environmental impact, and that’s reflected in what we achieved. Every aspect of the home’s design was geared from the beginning towards sustainability and energy efficiency.”
He continues, “We worked hard, along with outstanding suppliers, subcontractors and designers, to create a custom home that surpassed expectations. Our team has decades of experience, but it’s rare that you get an opportunity to incorporate so many of today’s most advanced green building technologies in a single project. Winning this award, especially because it is our first Earth Craft home, is a very special honor. The project was nominated alongside some truly outstanding homes by some notable firms, so to rise to the top of that group of assembled talent is a testament to the dedication and hard work that went into this. We are grateful to be recognized as an industry leader with the EarthCraft Single Family Debut Award as well, and look forward to showcasing our capabilities on future projects.”
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