The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of its 2023 LEED Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and home builders that have demonstrated leadership in the residential green building marketplace. This year’s recipients were from around the globe and were named across a variety of categories, with Project of the Year awarded to India-based DLF for The Crest, a residential development designed for urban living.
“At a time where energy bills are skyrocketing and there are record heat waves across the world, ensuring that our homes are able to withstand the effects of climate change and extreme weather is more important than ever,” said Peter Templeton, president and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. “Everyone deserves to live in a home that is energy-efficient, resilient, and that provides the highest level of comfort, and is safe and healthy for occupants. Each of this year’s awardees exemplifies these attributes.”
Green homes play a pivotal role in reducing our environmental footprint, fostering a sustainable and responsible way of life. Beyond curbing energy and water consumption, green homes elevate indoor air quality, enhance overall well-being and comfort, save money, and boost market value.
Aakash Ohri, Group Executive Director and Chief Business Officer, DLF Ltd said, “We are honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious award from the USGBC, which reflects our commitment to building a greener future and exceptional communities by integrating various aspects of environmental, social and governance practices. The Crest is a prime example of an environmentally friendly residential development that combines luxury and comfort with proximity to nature and is designed to deliver rapid and measurable environmental benefits and energy savings. Last year, The Crest was recognised as the world’s largest LEED Platinum-certified residential project and this year as ‘Project of the Year’, by USGBC, underscoring our leadership in developing truly world-class, sustainability-focused properties.”
Previously, The Crest also received LEED Gold certification in 2019.
Each winner pursued and successfully achieved LEED certification, the world’s most widely adopted green rating system. LEED-certified homes are designed to provide clean indoor air and help reduce energy and water consumption, resulting in lower utility expenses.
“USGBC envisions a built environment that is transformed by sustainable practices, where every home, building and community contributes to positive environmental and social impact, and these projects embody that vision,” added Templeton.
2023 LEED Homes Award recipients:
2023 Project of the Year
Gurugram, India: The Crest (LEED Platinum)—Located in DLF5, The Crest is a residential development designed for modern urban living. To attain LEED certification, the project underwent a comprehensive evaluation process to assess its energy efficiency, indoor air quality, water use and sustainable construction materials. The building received high scores in various categories, highlighting its energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Other 2023 LEED Homes Award recipients include:
Outstanding Single-Family Projects: Laie, Hawaii: Slice of Paradise (LEED Platinum); Galveston, Texas: 1637 Seaside (LEED Silver); Dexter, Michigan: The 713 Project: For the Journey (LEED Gold)
Outstanding Multifamily Projects: San Francisco: The George (LEED Silver); New Paltz, N.Y: Zero Place (LEED Platinum); Riverside, Calif.: University of California, Riverside North District (LEED Gold)
Outstanding Affordable Projects: Seattle: Orenda at Othello Square (LEED Gold); Kalamazoo, Mich.: The Creamery (LEED Platinum); Chicago: Jefferson Park Apartments (LEED Gold)
Outstanding Developer: AMLI Residential (United States); TriPointe Home (Arizona); Red Sea Global (Saudi Arabia)
2023 LEED Power Builders: The awards also recognize LEED Homes Power Builders, an elite group of developers and builders who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to LEED and residential green building. At least 75% of each Power Builder’s homes/unit count from 2022 achieved LEED certification. Homes at any LEED certification level are eligible for consideration. The 2023 LEED Power Builders include: Active West Builders, AMLI Residential, Brookfield Properties, Frankel Building Group, Fore Property Company, Holland Partner Group, Maracay Homes, MHI Austin, MHI Dallas, Mokulua High Performance Builder, National Community Renaissance, Pearl Homes, Thrive Home Builders, Tri Pointe Homes, Arizona.