2018 Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award Winners Announced


  • Builders
  • August 29, 2018
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office announced the winners of the 2018 Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Awards in August. This year’s awards recognize 27 homes from 23 builders across the country, including a Performance Path home built 48% above code by Leading Force in Yakima, Washington.

Leading Force’s owner, Steve Weise, will be co-presenting a session at this year’s Home Efficiency Forum

Grand Winners in each of the five award categories will be announced at the 2018 Housing Innovation Awards Ceremony on October 16 in San Diego, California.

See the Winners

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