Denver-based New Town Builders has received national recognition for its sustainable and mainstream building practices by being named “Green Builder Home of the Year/Production Builder” by Green Builder magazine.
The editors of the magazine described the winning entry as a “zero-net-energy performance (home) at an affordable price.”
The winning home is based upon the way NTB constructed the home in Stapleton.
Zero-energy means the home produces as much energy as it uses, on average, over the course of a year. Green Builder focused on the home at 8146 E. 35th Ave., but NTB offers the zero-energy package on any new single-family home, including the new development at Castlewood Ranch in Castle Rock.
In the story about the zero-energy home in this month’s edition (headlined “Way Above Average”), Green Builder said NTB was able to achieve zero energy by focusing on “low-tech essentials.”
“It’s fairly easy to improve HERS (Home Energy Rating System) ratings with better windows, higher efficiency furnaces and other bells and whistles, but New Town Builders wanted to develop a replicable strategy for hitting net-zero-energy using (mostly) standard materials,” according to the article.
“They achieved that using simple but effective techniques, such as staggered 24-inch, on-center stud framing to allow for more insulation, and use of a ‘California Corner’ that allows for insulation at corners – a common weak point in many stick-framed homes.”
In its award application, NTB explained that the goal with this zero-energy home was to “mainstream” it into the Denver market, just as the company had managed to mainstream the concept of energy efficiency as a primary “selling point,” along with standard photovoltaic energy and use of Colorado Pine Beetle (Blue Stained Pine) lumber.
“We are honored to receive this energy-efficiency award from Green Builder magazine, and we owe a tip of the cap to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which consulted with us on this project for long hours,” said Gene Myers, chief executive officer of NTB.
Many of New Town Builders’ energy-saving techniques are on exhibit at the NTB Building Science Center, 8126 E. 35th Ave., Denver. Mike Carey at 720-941-0359 can arrange a tour of the center and a zero-energy home.
If you are interested in buying a home in Stapleton, please visit COhomefinder.com.
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