Editor’s Note

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the November/December issue of Green Home Builder magazine. The holidays are here and that means our awards issue is, too! We’re happy to share our winners with you. We had such a wonderful response, and we’re very grateful for your input and votes.

Thrive Home Builders is our Green Builder of the Year for 2016. Thrive delivers homes that are energy-efficient and emphasize air quality and indoor health for homeowners. The pairing is what the industry will think of when they think of ‘green’ homes.

Jamboree Housing Corporation is our Green Developer of the Year and I couldn’t think of anyone more worthy for the recognition, especially at this time of the year. Read all about the amazing lengths they go to in order to ensure housing for those most in need, all in a green and transit-friendly way without ever scrimping on design.

Sierra Crest by De Young Properties is our Community of the Year for 2016. Located in Northern California near the Sierras, the community respects the beauty of its natural surroundings by building to ZNE-ready standards and partnering with Solar City to ensure their carbon footprint as builders and those of their homeowners are as small as possible.

As it is the end of the year, our contributors, each an expert in their field, take stock of the green home building industry as a whole. Julie Jacobson gives us the lay of the land in regards to solar, regulations, and innovations alike. Along the same lines, Megan Wild discusses renewable energy in general and the growth it’s seen in 2016. Manny Hondroulis shares some building science with the strides that have been made this year in sealing up the weak link in the building envelope: the windows. Sandra Adomatis breaks down the tools and techniques the green industry needs to incorporate into their marketing arsenal in order to sell their high-performance homes in the best possible light. And, with winter upon us, Ed Walters discusses the lessons we’ve learned from storms like Sandy and how builders are approaching the rebuilding process in light of disasters of that caliber.

On the same train of thought, our discussion with Vanessa Perry of HUD as our featured interview touches on the changing views on how and where we build homes when it comes to considering the damage and aftermath of Mother Nature’s wrath.

These are 2016 topics that have legs to carry on into 2017 and beyond. Brush up now, enjoy some nog by the fire (or cocktails on the beach if you’re one of the lucky holiday escapees out there), and let these ideas marinate and then come back to 2017 with your game faces on. There will be plenty more to do.
As always, thank you to all of our contributors and to you, the readers. Please enjoy the issue!

Happy Holidays,
Genevieve Smith