Standout examples of green-building and environmentally friendly construction techniques were recognized last week at the ninth annual Sustainable Leadership Awards, presented by Richmond nonprofit Viridiant.
The statewide group, which administers the EarthCraft brand of green-building programs, recognized several Richmond-area builders and projects at a reception held April 19 at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.
Notable local winners included Ashland-based general contractor Old Dominion Innovations, which took home the EarthCraft Single Family Debut Award and the Top High Performance Home of the Year award for a house it built in Louisa that was deemed to be 90 percent more energy efficient than a standard new home.
The house, built on Waldrop Church Road, features a passive solar design, off-grid solar array, structural insulated panel construction, solar thermal system for water heating, and LED lighting, according to the company.
Other high-performance homes that ranked in the top 10 included three Glen Allen-area houses built by Richmond-based Bain-Waring Builders. Two of the homes were built in Grey Oaks Estates; the other is on Stonehurst Estates Terrace.
The conversion of the former Highland Park Public School building into senior apartments was recognized as Multifamily Renovation Project of the Year. The award went to Maryland-based developer Community Preservation and Development Corp.
Other local winners included Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, which was named Habitat for Humanity Affiliate of the Year.
Viridiant, formerly known as EarthCraft of Virginia, presents the awards each year. The group, whose name is derived from the Latin word for “green,” is in its 12th year.