Two Trails Clients Win Three Out of Four Best in Green Residential Design: 2014 Professional Builder Magazine Design Awards

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The third annual Professional Builder Design Awards honor the best in residential design. More about all the winners can be found in the January issue of Professional Builder or at

Two Trails is very proud to see our clients take home three of the four awards in the green category for the award program. The Green Platinum Award went to Robert Arkin of Florida Green Home Design Group and Architect Ari Sklar for the 2020 Aton project in Miami, FL. The sleek modern project features an abundance of concrete and glass. Given the area’s history of severe weather, the team made sure the project’s renewable energy systems resisted storms. The solar panels can withstand winds of 160 mph. The low–E windows are built to withstand a category 5 strength winds. The rainwater cistern and the home’s reflecting pool are both lined with a nontoxic epoxy that renders the water potable in the event of an emergency. The project received a LEED Platinum Certification.

The Green Silver Award went to NWC Construction for the 2013 New Southern Home project in Bella Isle, FL. The Florida Panhandle’s Seaside Chapel inspired the home design aspects. The home features high-efficiency HVAC, spray foam insulation in the walls and ceiling, low-E windows and advanced framing techniques to save materials. The project received a LEED Silver Certification.

The Green Bronze Award went to Marc Rutenburg Homes and Marc-Michaels Interior Design for the Zero Energy America, Castaway III project in Palm Harbor, FL. The home demonstrates extreme green building with net-zero electric bills. The 4,552 sg/ft home was built to be both beautiful and as green as possible. The project received a LEED Platinum Certification.

Two Trails is delighted to have our client’s projects succeed with building green. "They all deserve to be recognized for their outstanding work on their respective projects." - Smith COO of Two Trails Green Building Consulting.

About Drew Smith | Two Trails, Inc. was founded in 2001, by an innovative builder who set out to change the methodology of conventional building science. Drew realized that the only way to change the industry was to become the resource for the knowledge on how to implement healthy, sustainable projects. He “hung up his hammer” and opened one of the first green building, consulting firms in the nation.

By helping to develop standards for the American Lung Association, National Home Builders Association, Florida Green Building Coalition, and USGBC LEED for Homes by either writing the standard or testing the viability of the standard in the field, he was able to provide his firm with a thorough understanding of the science of building sustainable, healthy, environmentally conscious, and affordable solutions for the building industry. He was “green” before “green” was more than a color. Our President, Drew M. Smith, LEED AP BD+C, was the founding President of the Florida Green Building Coalition and is the first Governor appointed Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida. Two Trails, Inc. provides hands-on consulting making it easy to achieve certification.

About Two Trails, Inc. | Two Trails, Inc. is one of the nations premier Green Building Consulting firm established in 2001. We provide green consulting services nationwide for commercial, residential, remodeling, and developments seeking to obtain LEED certification and/or LEED commissioning by USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), National Green Building Standard (NGBS), Energy Star by the U.S. Department of Energy, & Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) certifications.

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