Vote for the 2020 LEED Homes Awards Project of the Year
For the second year in a row, the USGBC LEED Homes Awards has opened up the voting for the Project of the Year to the public. Here is your chance to support the project that you feel best represents excellence in green building. Our judges used these elements when making their decisions on all the awards categories—please feel free to use the same criteria when making yours: impact/equality, design, sustainability, and health and wellness.
Get familiar with each of this year's finalists by reviewing the projects below, and then cast your vote. The voting window is between June 22 and 29, and all the LEED Homes Awards winners, including Project of the Year, will be announced In mid-July.
View a slideshow of the Project of the Year nominees:
Project of the Year nominees
3365 Third Ave | Bronx, New York
3365 Third Avenue is one of over a dozen buildings in Bronx Pro Group’s portfolio that support the organization’s mission “to develop quality housing that is both affordable and sustainable with an increasing focus towards community-building.” As part of Bronx Pro’s goal to develop affordable housing, 3365 Third Ave. consists of 30 studio to four-bedroom apartments for a population with low and moderate incomes, including formerly homeless families. Learn more.
The Arroyo | Santa Monica, California
The Arroyo is a 100% affordable housing project for families that has 64 dwelling units, two community rooms, on-site laundry, an outdoor homework patio and an elongated central open courtyard with a half-court basketball area. The building is located within a five-minute walk of a train station and bus lines, is 10 minutes to the beach, and is within an active urban center. Learn more.
Freedom Commons | Syracuse, New York
Mayor Ben Walsh said, “Freedom Commons helps address a growing need in Syracuse for quality and affordable housing, coupled with resources to help formerly incarcerated residents reintegrate into the community. This project is a shining example of the burgeoning revitalization of the South Side (Syracuse) and will serve as a beacon of hope to those seeking a second chance.” Freedom Commons consists of 54 total apartments, with 43 affordable units designated for individuals or families with incomes at or below 50% of the area median income. Learn more.
GPD 346 Highland | Weston, Massachusetts
346 Highland was conceived as a demonstration to show that luxury and sustainability are compatible. The team preserved a historic1897 farmhouse through a gut rehab, reusing most of the existing structure while expanding it harmoniously in New England vernacular style. The design had to appear organic and natural on the site, satisfy the town’s Historical Commission guidelines, be beautiful and high-quality, and meet the lifestyle expectations of contemporary families. Through a combination of design, materials and technology, the project achieved these goals while creating an efficient and healthy home that earned numerous certifications, most notably LEED Platinum. Learn more.
GREENLAB | Dallas, Texas
Designed as a beacon for the future, GREENLAB is an ongoing living lab and catalyst for change to inspire and teach architects, developers, designers and contractors about intentionally integrating smart systems and green technology. GREENLAB simultaneously promotes the burgeoning concept of aging in place known as universal design. This LEED Platinum custom home is not just a collection of green systems; it is a holistic, integrated approach to reducing the carbon footprint of a home while elevating comfort for all ages and abilities.
Iconia Cubos Luxury Living | Guadalajara, Mexico
Iconia Cubos is a mixed-use complex. It consists of two residential towers with 100 living units each, a high-rise hotel with 380+ rooms and a mall connecting the three buildings. The site also provides three basements for covered parking. It is located at the confluence of two of the most important avenues and is a landmark in the city. This project was designed by the developer Hotel HistóricoIG SA De CV, which characteristically brings to its projects high-performance features and concern for the environment and the users. Iconia Cubos Luxury Living is a high-density project located in former sub used land within the city. Learn more.
Mulberry Center | Las Vegas, Nevada
The past house was 2,170 square feet; the remodel transformed it into a 7,523-square-foot home. This design was purposely unique and different from a typical Las Vegas home. Phil Kean, the architect, decided to draw on inspiration from Palm Springs. A major component of the redesign was the mulberry tree. The entire design was based around the tree and it was the reason the location was selected. Learn more.
Park Mozaik A Block | Ankara, Turkey
Park Mozaik A Block is a multifamily residential building housing 40 units, with a total gross floor area of 95,572 square feet. Park Mozaik A Block is part of the residential campus project Tepe-Mesa Park Mozaik, which is one of the first residential campus projects in Turkey to achieve LEED certification. Tepe-Mesa's commitment to sustainability is reflected in the fact that all LEED certification soft and hard costs are met by the joint venture and not reflected to the apartment sale or lease prices. This gave an opportunity to middle-income families to dwell in and enjoy the advantages of a green building. Learn more.
Sikes Residence | Cincinnati, Ohio
This LEED Gold home started with a unique site: an infill lot in the historic Clifton Gaslight neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was walkable to a business district that still had amenities such as a grocery store and movie theater, but was also adjacent to a wooded area, leafy and secluded. One reason the site had not been previously developed was steep terrain and large existing trees that were important to the community. As a result, site design was paramount. Learn more.
Sitka Apartments | Seattle, Washington
Located in Seattle’s South Lake Union urban center, the 500,625-square-foot, seven-story mixed-use project covers 384 units and a full block. It has unique entrances at every street frontage, each representing an environmental characteristic of the Northwest—mountains, meadows, forests and waterways—which act as passageways into the tree-filled courtyard for both residents and the public. The project’s rooftop community garden, vegetated roof areas and indoor/outdoor entertainment zones were designed to connect residents to the environment. The concept of nature in the city is most clearly expressed in the property’s interior courtyard, which features a running stream, tree-covered hilltops nestled between rock walls and an imaginative take on a treehouse. Learn more.