Earth Advantage Institute Announces Winners of First Annual Green Home Builder Awards

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Earth Advantage Institute (EAI), a nonprofit sustainable building organization, is proud to announce the winners of the first annual Green Home Builder Awards.

Hall of fame winner plaque

Hall of Fame Builder of the Year, Solaire Homebuilders

The Portland and southwest Washington region is a national leader in green building standards and high performance homebuilding, with EAI certifying over 12,000 homes in the region using its Earth Advantage® New Homes program. The Green Homebuilder Awards allow Earth Advantage to highlight the regions’ new construction builders who have made that possible.

Builders who certify to Earth Advantage and LEED® standards through EAI submitted applications in August for consideration for this year’s awards. A panel of experts in the green homebuilding arena was assembled to consider the applications and deliver the results. This year’s judges were Nate Bond, vice president of sales for ProBuild; Teresa St. Martin, eco-broker, LEED green associate with Windermere Cronin & Caplin Realty Group; and Alisa Kane, the City of Portland’s development manager in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

The winners were announced today at EAI’s 10th annual golf tournament and luncheon held at McMenamins Edgefield facility. The winners of Builder of the Year in their categories are as follows:

Low Income Builder:                 Willamette West Habitat for Humanity
New Earth Advantage Builder:        Noyes Development
LEED for Homes Builder:            Essex General Construction
Custom Builder:                    Green Hammer
Large Volume Builder:                Quail Homes
Hall of Fame Builder:                Solaire Homebuilders

This year’s awards were generously supported by Energy Trust of Oregon, which developed EPS™, a home energy performance score that provides a clear and quantitative way to compare the energy use of similarly sized homes in Oregon. Learn more at

About Earth Advantage Institute
Earth Advantage Institute works with the building and design industry to implement sustainable building practices. Its nonprofit mission is to create an immediate, practical, and cost effective path to sustainability and carbon reduction in the built environment. The organization achieves its objectives through a range of innovative certification, education, and technical services programs. Residential energy efficiency programs nationwide use the Energy Performance Score label that EAI promotes to estimate savings and measure home performance. Visit Earth Advantage Home Certification online at

For more information, contact:
Erik O. Cathcart
Director of Marketing
Earth Advantage Institute
503.968.7160 x21

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