Utah Home Takes GreenBuilder’s Top Honor

And the winner of the Green Home of the Year is…a contemporary home in Park City, Utah designed by Jean-Yves Lacroix and built by Garret Strong. That’s the news from Green Builder Magazine, whose panel of judges recently chose this home from among “many excellent entries,” according to Green Builder media editorial director Cati O’Keefe. The home was chosen, ultimately, for its combination of beauty, sustainability, and affordability.

The judges were impressed with the careful site orientation of this home, designed to takes advantage of the lot’s views while maximizing the output of the home’s solar hot water system, which takes care of the home’s heating and cooling needs. Other green features include Structural Insulated Panels, smart glazing, cool metal roofing, energy-efficient appliances, and low flow water fixtures.

GreenBuilder Grand Prize Winner

image via GreenBuilder Magazine

“We chose this project as our Green Home of the Year because of the way it marries sleek European design with high performance,” said O’Keefe, in a statement. Judge Mark Johnson, Director Architect Relations and Education for Masco Cabinetry, added that he selected the home because “its green attributes make it easy for the homeowner to live sustainably.”

GreenBuilder Award Winner

image via GreenBuilder Magazine

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.