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Housing Innovation Awards

Photo of a line of Housing Innovation Awards statues lined up on a table.The U.S. Department of Energy's Housing Innovation Awards recognize the very best in innovation on the path to zero net-energy ready homes. The awards, presented on October 4, 2013, at a breakfast ceremony during the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2013 in Irvine, CA, showcase a number of the Building Technologies Office residential programs under one umbrella event.

DOE Challenge Home Builder Awards Orange Arrow

Presented to DOE Challenge Home builders who are leading a major housing industry transformation to zero net-energy ready homes. The DOE Challenge Home designation is the symbol of excellence in home building. Only a select group of the top builders in the country meet the extraordinary levels of excellence and quality specified by U.S. Department of Energy guidelines.

Systems Builders
Custom Builders
Production Builders
Affordable Builders

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Participating Contractors 

Presented to participating contractors who have demonstrated innovative business practices that mark them as leaders among their peers. The award winning contractors take measured risks and unique approaches to realize success in their local HPwES markets. They exhibit outstanding professionalism, build strong customer relationships, and apply building science solutions to improve homes. Only contractors that take part in rigorous training, apply the whole-house approach, adhere to program requirements, and continuously improve their workmanship through quality assurance measures can engage with Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® as participating contractors.

Excellence in Building Science Education Award

Presented as a joint award with the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC) and DOE to advance the state of building science curricula across the United States and Canada.

Patrick Huelman, Associate Extension Professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota, has received the Excellence in Building Science Education Award from the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC). Professor Huelman is recognized for his exemplary work teaching building science and preparing a generation to produce buildings that are energy efficient, healthy, comfortable, and durable.

Building America Top Innovations 

Twenty recipients contributed to 10 Building America Top Innovations that are transforming the market.


Building America 2013 Top Innovations


Award Recipient

Advanced Technologies and Practices
1. Next Generation Advanced Framing PHI
2. High-Performance Ducts CARB
3. High-Efficiency Furnace Blower LBNL
4. High-Efficiency Window AC NREL
House-as-a-System Business Case
5. Zero-Energy Ready Single-Family Homes BA-PIRC
Effective Guidance and Tools
6. Exterior Rigid Insulation Best Practices VBSC
7. Window Replacement, Rehabilitation, & Repair Guide BSC
8. Quality Management System Guidelines PHI
9. Building America Solution Center PNNL
Infrastructure Development
10. Standardized Data Sharing System (HPXML) NREL

Thank you to BASF for making the Housing Innovation Awards breakfast possible. Also, thanks to DuPont for supporting the DOE Challenge Home Builder Awards and MASCO for supporting the Building America Top Innovation Awards.