Dwell Development Receives 2020 Housing Innovation Award for their Flora Farmhouse project from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dwell’s Flora Farmhouse wins DOE’s prestigious Housing Innovation Award, which recognizes the nation’s leading innovators in zero energy building.

Dwell Development was announced a U.S Department of Energy 2020 Housing Innovation Award Winner in the Custom Spec category. The DOE Housing Innovation Awards celebrate the nation’s very best in zero energy ready home innovation and honor forward-thinking builders at the cutting edge of home energy savings, comfort, health and durability.

Dwell Development’s Flora Farmhouse was selected by an elite panel of national building industry experts. The 2,850 square-foot home is located in a highly walkable location near the heart of Georgetown, Seattle’s oldest and most eclectic neighborhood known for its vibrant art scene. The 5-Star Built Green home features a free-flowing open floor plan filled with natural light, airy living spaces, and seamless indoor/outdoor living.

The home’s design includes an array of reclaimed, local, and recycled materials and features an innovative combination of green building techniques and systems including rooftop solar panels, airtight building envelope, high performance windows, thick walls packed with insulation, high efficiency heating, and solar thermal technology for hot water.

Judges scored each application based on various criteria, including energy performance metrics, land development, design, quality construction, sales and marketing, consumer education, and business metrics. Flora Farmhouse is Dwell Development’s fourth home honored with a DOE Housing Innovation Award. The builder’s Ballard Emerald Star Zero Energy Home, Seattle’s first Emerald Star Certified Home, was awarded 2016 Grand Winner in the Custom Spec category. Dwell’s 2018 Genesee Park Net Zero home and 2015 Columbia City Reclaimed Modern home both won awards in the Custom Spec category as well.

Next up, the DOE’s panel of esteemed judges will determine this year’s Grand Winners for each of their seven award categories:
-Custom Buyer (<3000 >3000 square feet)
-Custom Buyer (>3000 square feet)
-Custom Spec
-Attached Single Family
-Affordable Multifamily

Grand Winners will be announced on September 29th during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) Virtual High Performance Home Summit 2020. Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovations Award website to learn more about the winners and upcoming awards ceremony. To learn more about Flora Farmhouse, view the home’s media kit or visit the Flora Farmhouse project page.