Mandalay Homes Wins Two Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy
For the third year in a row, Mandalay Homes is awarded the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award at the Excellence in Building Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado October 26, 2015.
Mandalay Homes received not only the Grand Award in the ‘Production Builder’ category, but also an award for the most Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) certifications in 2015 nationwide. This is a significant accomplishment for Mandalay Homes because the DOE Builders Challenge program represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. Mandalay Homes along with other progressive home builders nationwide, participate in paving the way for the rest of the U.S. housing industry in providing Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) that are better for the nation, communities, and individual homeowners and sharing best practices throughout the industry demonstrated in the field.
David Everson, the President of Mandalay Homes, has risen to this challenge since setting the company’s focus on energy efficiency back in 2012. In 2013 Mandalay was the Grand Award winner of the DOE Housing Innovation Award in the ‘Affordable Builders’ category. In 2014 they proudly took home the DOE award in the ‘Production Builders’ category, as they have again this year in addition to winning this year’s Grand Award.
Geoff Ferrell, Manager of Construction and Energy Efficiency stated, “We made a 100% commitment to DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes. No matter where you go in our developments, regardless of the price point, everything we build meets a HERS 50 maximum. We have been working on perfecting this for three years now. Most of our homes are coming in at 46 to 47, whereas a year ago it was 48 and 49. This a result of better craftsmanship as the trades understand better how to get the most out of the products and technologies we are using.”
The DOE is not the only entity to recognize Mandalay Homes for their energy efficient building efforts. In May of 2015 year Mandalay received an EPA Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for their outstanding commitment to indoor air quality. They are the first builder to earn both the EPA and DOE awards. According to Everson, Mandalay Homes has its sights on becoming the first U.S. production home builder to meet the stringent qualifications of the U.S. Passive House certification.