The now famous 100K House in Philadelphia is all about maximizing efficiency and design while squeezing the most out of a small budget. The efforts of developer Postgreen and designer Interface Studio Architects was rewarded with the 2010 LEED Homes Project of the Year. Comming in at less than $100 per square foot in construction cost they not only achieved LEED Platinum status, but helped revitalize the Philadelphia neighborhood of East Kensington, and at the same time set the bar for amazing urban revitalization in the US. Read more on our previous coverage of the 100k House.
Habitat for Humanity of Sacramento received recognition with the Outstanding Program Commitment Award for producing high quality LEED Gold Homes. As you know Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing low-income housing for families in need, and they are now one of the leading developers of green homes. The winning project was built and tested to use 60% less energy than a house of comparable size.
Southwest builder Artistic Homes took off with the Production Builders Award for a LEED Platinum home constructed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Not only is the house net zero energy, it is also is on the market for less than $300k, which for the Santa Fe market is a pretty good deal.