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Habitat NOVA Named as a Top Ten High Performance Homes Winner at the 2017 Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

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Habitat NOVA Named as a Top Ten High Performance Homes Winner
at the 2017 Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

RICHMOND, VA — [April 21, 2017] — On Thursday, April 20, just two days before Earth Day, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) was honored at Viridiant’s Sustainable Leadership Awards, receiving the award for Top Ten High Performance Homes Winner.

The annual awards recognize the region’s premiere developers, builders, architects, government officials and other industry professionals for their work in advancing the benefits of sustainable building through the EarthCraft family of green building programs. Habitat NOVA was honored on Thursday evening at a ceremony in downtown Richmond which brought together close to 200 individuals representing home builders, non-profit and for-profit housing providers and developers, affordable housing advocates and those interested in creating green housing opportunities in Virginia. Awards were presented in a variety of categories to cover new construction, renovation, single family homes, multifamily housing and more.

Habitat NOVA was recognized for its transformation of a dilapidated 19,670 square foot property, located on Clayborne Avenue in the Lee District of Fairfax County, into two new detached, single-family homes constructed to EarthCraft Gold standards. Designed by Sanchez Palmer Architects and PC & Triad Engineering, Inc., the two story, three bedroom/two bath homes were constructed with energy-efficient features to help ensure sustainable affordability for the Habitat NOVA homeowners.

“We deeply appreciate Viridiant’s recognition of our most recent green housing projects. Our two single-family properties are preeminent examples of how our partnerships with area business owners and major corporations result in building sustainable, energy efficient homes for our Habitat families,” offered Rev. Jon Smoot, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. “For example, we partnered with GRID Alternatives to install eight panels on each Clayborne home, which feeds energy back into the power grid and gives each homeowner family credits for the energy generated. In addition, HardiPlank exterior siding was installed for its extreme durability and low-maintenance requirements. And thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and donors – many of whom dedicate time and talent to build alongside our homeowner families – we can keep our construction costs low and effectively utilize a diverse array of green building resources.”

“It’s an honor to recognize the dedicated individuals who continue to amaze us with their passion for high performance home building,” said KC Bleile, Executive Director of Viridiant. “This year’s nominees and winners exceed building expectations with their cutting edge projects that are transforming today’s housing market and serve as proof that the science of sustainability can deliver a housing future that is more affordable, more durable and more liveable.”

For more information about the 8th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards, visit

About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
As a vanguard community leader known for ensuring strong and stable communities, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) has a stellar 25-year reputation of helping families invest in themselves and their communities through affordable homeownership. Thanks to the support of generous donors and volunteers, we have built or rehabilitated more than 95 homes in Fairfax and Arlington as well as the cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, and Alexandria and improved the lives of hundreds of people. Learn more at

About Viridiant
Viridiant is a non-profit organization committed to supporting sustainable building processes through education, consultation, and certification. Through these efforts, Viridiant helps to set a path for businesses and homeowners to create structures that are more affordable, more livable and more durable. Learn more at

About EarthCraft
The EarthCraft program was created in 1999 by a partnership between Southface Energy Institute and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and was brought to Virginia in 2006. Operated by Viridiant in Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland, EarthCraft is a family of green building certification programs designed to address climate, energy and water issues unique to the southeastern United States.
The program serves as a blueprint for energy and resource-efficient single family homes, multifamily structures, renovation projects, community developments, light commercial buildings and sustainable preservation projects.



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