Affordable Green Homes Win Shiny Gold Nuggets

Each year, the Gold Nugget Awards recognize builders, developers, architects and land planners with projects in the 14 Western States and all international countries (sorry, rest of the U.S.). Presented by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) during a famously Academy-Awards-like ceremony (for an industry recognition event), these shiny gold stars were created to reward excellence across a wide range of building projects, and this year, KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning have taken 15 Awards of Merit in the 2012 competition’s design and planning category.

Projects for which KTGY were recognized include TerraSol, a 60-unit urban infill development near downtown Salt Lake City that received a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in two categories:  Green Sustainable Residential Community and Single Family Detached Home – under 1,700 sq. ft. In South Jordan, Utah, The Solaris Collection at Daybreak took a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in two categories: Residential Project of the Year – Detached Product and Single Family Detached Home – 1,700 to 2,500 sq. ft.

TerraSol home

image via Garbett Homes

Both of these high-density developments are composed of single-family homes aimed at cost-conscious, eco-minded buyers. Toward that end, they include solar power systems, geothermal heating and cooling, and that super-tight building envelope necessary to achieve a high degree of thermal efficiency. (The homes here features HERS ratings under 40 in a Climate Zone 5, if you’re wondering .) The residences in both developments were built by Garbett Homes using fiber-cement siding for an “eclectic modern” look.

Another KTGY-designed project, Primera Terra, also received a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in two categories: Residential Project of the Year – Attached Product in an Urban Setting and Multi-Family Housing Project – 30 to 50 du/acre (For Sale or Rent). This  LEED-Platinum-certified development, one of the largest in California, was built by KB Home. Located in the Playa Vista master planned community in Los Angeles County, Primera Terra is comprised of  52 luxury condominiums designed to achieve 40% energy savings over California’s basic new home standards.

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.