Green Builder® Media Announces Home of the Year – And it’s a SIP Home!

Judges for Green Builder® Media have selected a Contemporary Utah Home as Grand Winner

Cincinnati, OH  December 8 2010 – Green Builder® Media, the leading media company focused on sustainable living, announces the winners of its third annual Green Home of the Year awards competition.

Judges selected projects that blend sophisticated design, resource-saving technologies, and advanced building science as the Green Home of the Year winners. In addition to The Home of the Year Grand Award winner, other entrants won in the following subcategories: Contemporary Design, Use of Advanced Building Techniques, Life Cycle Extension, Regional Adaptation, Traditional Neighborhood Development, Multi-Unit Project, Affordable, Neighborhood Home Design, Compact Urban Infill, and Use of Reclaimed Materials.

This year’s Grand Award Winner is a contemporary home in Park City, Utah, designed by Jean-Yves Lacroix and built by Garret Strong of Tall Pines Construction. Careful site orientation takes advantage of the lot’s extraordinary views and maximizes the ability to use solar power for the home’s heating and cooling. Green products include structural insulated panels (SIPS), super-efficient glazing, cool metal roofing, efficient appliances, and low flow faucets.

“The judges chose this project as the Grand Award Winner because of the way it marries sleek European design with high performance,” says Green Builder Media Editorial Director Cati O’Keefe. “We received many excellent entries, but this home is dazzling to behold and also heated and powered almost entirely by the sun.”

Judge Mark Johnson, Director Architect Relations and Education for Masco Cabinetry (NYSE: MAS), selected the home as the grand winner, noting, “Its green attributes make it easy for the homeowner to live sustainably.”

“Research has shown that the built environment and its proximity to or detachment from nature has a profound effect on human psychology,” says Green Builder magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Matt Power. “And each design choice changes how we interact with a space, how long we may live there, even our relationships with the space. These award-winning homes demonstrate a sensitivity to that human element.”

Each year, the Green Builder Media Home of the Year competition showcases extraordinary projects that integrate the built and natural environments. For more information, contact Cati O’Keefe at To read more about Green Builder’s Home of the Year, read the December issue of Green Builder magazine.

About Green Builder Media

Green Builder® Media, LLC is the leading media company in North America focused on responsible growth. With a comprehensive suite of print media, online options, demonstration homes, case studies, training and education vehicles, and live events, Green Builder Media assists building professionals thrive in the emerging green economy. For more information, visit

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The Life Cycle Benefits of SIPS

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS)

Reduce Global Warming


Life Cycle Benefits of SIPS

The basic design concept for SIPS is elegant in its simplicity, and offers several advantages for constructing walls and roofs. There is general agreement that SIPS provide better overall air tightness and practical thermal performance than conventionally framed walls.

– NAHB Research Center

SIPS Environmental Advantage

By providing substantial energy savings and critical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the energy invested in the production and delivery of SIPS yields an exponential benefit to the environment, when compared to traditional stick framing.

The exceptional performance of SIPS as an insulator coupled with low air leakage for the built environment offers the construction industry the tools and technology needed to achieve superior thermal performance while making a significant and restorative contribution to the reduction of global warming.

Read the rest of “Life Cycle Benefits of SIPS” here.