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2019 Indoor airPLUS Leader Winners

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Image of the Thrive Team 2019 Indoor airPLUS Leader of the YearThrive Home Builders - Leader of the Year Winner

Thrive Home Builders proudly serves the Greater Denver area by building homes with a focus on energy efficiency and indoor air quality. As a national leader and the largest Indoor airPLUS builder in Colorado, Thrive built over 250 homes that earned the Indoor airPLUS label last year. Thrive centers their brand around 3 marketing pillars: Efficient, Healthy, and Local. With an emotional appeal to the customer, they effectively promote healthier homes through print advertisements, social media, and video. Thrive showcases the Indoor airPLUS label and certificate throughout their model homes to show customers they have a trusted and vetted solution for reducing indoor air pollutants. In addition to great marketing, Thrive invests heavily in both technical innovation and internal quality control, creating an Indoor airPLUS-specific manual for each new home and coordinating closely with subcontractors to make sure they implement construction details correctly. With a 25-year history of innovation, they believe indoor air quality is the “next frontier” for high-performance homes and improved quality-of-life. Congratulations to Thrive for another fantastic year and a well-deserved Indoor airPLUS Leader Award!

Image of Energy Inspectors 2019 Indoor airPLUS Leader of the Year AwardEnergy Inspectors - Leader of the Year Winner

Energy Inspectors celebrates their 6th Indoor airPLUS Leader Award after helping multiple production builder clients to make the 100% Commitment to Indoor airPLUS. With 20 years of expertise consulting with home builders, Energy Inspectors knows how to recognize market shifts. Recognizing that home buyers are increasingly interested in how their home affects their health, they knew right away that building healthier homes would be more than a short-lived trend. Because of their passion for improving the residential home building market and a firm commitment to understanding their clients’ needs, Energy Inspectors has taken the initiative to educate their builder clients on this market shift. Their model of supporting builders and promoting Indoor airPLUS participation has been so successful, they have verified over 4,000 Indoor airPLUS qualified homes throughout California and Arizona, with over 1,000 of those verified just this year! Congratulations to Energy Inspectors on another successful year and your 2019 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award!

C&B Custom Homes- Cottonwood, AZ

C&B Custom Homes continues to excel as an independent builder in Cottonwood, Arizona and a champion of the Indoor airPLUS Program. The knowledge, skills, and techniques that have been passed through their company from generation-to-generation are evident in the homes they build. C&B creates homes that are at the cutting edge of health and efficiency, recognizing the growing market for healthier homes with glowing referrals from previous customers. Utilizing effective marketing with the Indoor airPLUS brand and sales tools, C&B Custom Homes has become a magnet for homebuyers seeking a healthier home in Arizona. Having tenured, skilled craftsmen, and a long relationship with a team of subcontractors, C&B has instilled expectations for high quality workmanship that meets the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications. It is their continued commitment and success that has helped drive their competitors to earn both the ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS labels, truly epitomizing the namesake of this award. EPA is proud to have such a dedicated partner earning a 6th consecutive Indoor airPLUS Leader Award--congratulations!

Charis Homes - North Canton, OH

Charis Homes won their first Indoor airPLUS Leader Award last year, and since then they have continued to increase promotion of the Indoor airPLUS brand and the key indoor air quality features in their homes. A premier builder in Summit County Ohio, Charis is focused on providing a quieter, healthier home for homebuyers in their market. Their effort to educate the public on the health aspects of their homes can be seen not only in their construction details and marketing, but also in their community efforts. Charis holds public building seminars on their building process, where they emphasize the importance of indoor air quality. Charis also participates in events with their local HBA and shares programmatic and educational information through their social media pages. EPA is proud to welcome back Charis Homes to the ranks of the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award winners for the second time in 2019!

Fulton Homes - Tempe, AZ

Fulton Homes joined the Indoor airPLUS program in 2014, starting with just over 60 labeled homes that year. After making the Indoor airPLUS 100% Commitment and capitalizing on the growing demand for healthier homes, Fulton continues to grow with 685 Indoor airPLUS labeled homes last year! They work closely with their rater and trade contractors to refine construction details, but they also demonstrate the importance of educating their clients on the value of improved indoor air quality. Fulton has a tremendous marketing strategy that utilizes Indoor airPLUS brochures, decals, banners, radio advertisements, and even Indoor airPLUS-branded tape to call attention to their covered ducts during construction. Having earned the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for a 5th consecutive year, Fulton continues to pursue excellence in the construction and marketing of healthier homes. Congratulations to Fulton Homes on another fantastic year as an Indoor airPLUS Leader! EPA looks forward to continuing this partnership in delivering healthier homes for American families.

Mandalay Homes - Phoenix, AZ

Mandalay Homes has been a committed Indoor airPLUS partner since 2014 and can now brag that they are a five-time winner of the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award. As a long-standing Indoor airPLUS partner, Mandalay Homes constantly seeks to improve its offering to the market and demonstrate to the buying public what a healthier home should look like. By exploring advanced air sealing techniques and including high-performance ventilation and filtration in all their homes, Mandalay truly believes that owning or living in a healthy home should not be an optional upgrade. Having labeled well over 200 Indoor airPLUS homes in Arizona this year alone, Mandalay has proudly made the Indoor airPLUS 100% Commitment and earns this label on every home they build. Congratulations again from the Indoor airPLUS team at EPA--keep up the great work!

Maracay Homes - Scottsdale, AZ

EPA is proud to welcome Maracay to the family of Indoor airPLUS Leader Award winners for the first time. In 2018, Maracay labeled over 200 Indoor airPLUS homes in their home state of Arizona. Maracay has been known for over 25 years as a premier builder of high-quality homes, and they are constantly looking to improve and innovate—which shows in their work. By committing to the Indoor airPLUS Program, they feel confident and take great pride in handing the keys over to clients, knowing they are providing one of the healthiest homes in the marketplace for their buyers. Congratulations to Maracay for stepping up and earning the 2019 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award! EPA looks forward to our continued partnership, innovation, and ongoing commitment to building a healthier America.

Thrive Home Builders - Denver, CO

Thrive Home Builders proudly serves the Greater Denver area by building homes with a focus on energy efficiency and indoor air quality. As a national leader and the largest Indoor airPLUS builder in Colorado, Thrive built over 250 homes that earned the Indoor airPLUS label last year. Thrive centers their brand around 3 marketing pillars: Efficient, Healthy, and Local. With an emotional appeal to the customer, they effectively promote healthier homes through print advertisements, social media, and video. Thrive showcases the Indoor airPLUS label and certificate throughout their model homes to show customers they have a trusted and vetted solution for reducing indoor air pollutants. In addition to great marketing, Thrive invests heavily in both technical innovation and internal quality control, creating an Indoor airPLUS-specific manual for each new home and coordinating closely with subcontractors to make sure they implement construction details correctly. With a 25-year history of innovation, they believe indoor air quality is the “next frontier” for high-performance homes and improved quality-of-life. Congratulations to Thrive for another fantastic year and a well-deserved Indoor airPLUS Leader Award!

E3 Energy, LLC - Flagstaff, AZ

E3 Energy, LLC  has been awarded their 10th consecutive Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for their continued commitment in working with builder partners throughout Arizona to construct and verify over 1,500 Indoor airPLUS labeled homes. As experts in their field who see the value of improved indoor air quality, E3 Energy has been able to simplify the step up to Indoor airPLUS for all but one of their builder clients, helping them capitalize on the value proposition of healthier homes. In addition to educating their builder clients on IAQ, E3 Energy also works to educate the public about healthier homes with an engaging website, showcasing the benefits for homeowners of labeled homes. EPA looks forward to continuing our strong partnership with E3 Energy for years to come--congratulations!

JKP Energy Inspections - Gilbert, AZ

JKP Energy Inspections celebrates their first Indoor airPLUS Leader Award! Formerly known as D.R. Wastchak, JKP has been a long time advocate for Indoor airPLUS, holding classes for their clients, and often having the indoor air conversation with builders that have not made the transition. JKP has shown a commitment to improving indoor air quality in new homes by actively seeking to enlighten their clients to the benefits of Indoor airPLUS through targeted outreach and technical support to those clients. With over 200 Indoor airPLUS homes labeled this year, EPA is proud to honor JKP Energy Inspections with their first Indoor airPLUS Leader Award!

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.- Norwalk, CT

As a dedicated partner and repeat winner in the Rater category, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.  has verified over 500 Indoor airPLUS homes, largely along the East Coast and New England. Taking on a new labeling program for a large construction project can be a big hurdle for builders and developers, but Steven Winters Associates (SWA) is willing to go the extra mile for their clients to ensure additional health protections are included. With deep expertise in mid- and high-rise multifamily projects, as well as a variety of green building programs, SWA consultants have been a valuable resource for multifamily developers seeking to earn the Indoor airPLUS label. EPA looks forward to supporting more of these developers with an ongoing partnership with Steven Winters Associates. The Indoor airPLUS team is proud to award this rating company with their 8th Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for their great work this year--congratulations!

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2018 Indoor airPLUS Leader Winners

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Fulton Homes - Leader of the Year WinnerFulton Homes 2018 Leader of the Year Winner

Since joining the program in 2014, Fulton Homes has gone from building just over 60 Indoor airPLUS labeled homes their first year to over 650 labeled homes in 2017 throughout the greater Phoenix area. A now four-time Leader Award winner, Fulton Homes has proven to be a true champion for Indoor airPLUS. Program awareness and education about indoor air quality was a huge priority for Fulton Homes this past year. With an increased focus to ensure all potential clients and homebuyers are aware of their healthy homes message, Fulton Homes has produced abundant signage, stickers, and collaterals with the Indoor airPLUS brand to highlight their partnership and tell their story. EPA is delighted to present the first ever Indoor airPLUS Leader of the Year Award for a builder to Fulton Homes in 2018--congratulations!

Energy Inspectors 2018 Leader of the YearEnergy Inspectors - Leader of the Year Winner

Through their deep understanding of building science and their client’s needs, Energy Inspectors has helped multiple production builder clients make the 100% Commitment to Indoor airPLUS. As a program champion committed to pushing builders to new heights, Energy Inspectors has verified over 3,000 Indoor airPLUS qualified homes throughout California and Arizona. As they continue to drive the market forward toward healthier homes, Energy Inspectors has also been collaborating with manufacturers and material suppliers on how to best provide the equipment and materials their builder clients need to meet the requirements of a variety of high-performance building programs including Indoor airPLUS. Congratulations to Energy Inspectors on another successful year and your 2018 Indoor airPLUS Leader of the Year Award!

Thrive Home Builders - Affordable Builder Category

Thrive Home Builders has been able to develop a portfolio of new homes that include both market rate housing and income-qualified affordable housing, meeting the needs of a wide variety of homebuyers. Building over 25 affordable units in 2017 (with many more coming in 2018), Thrive is being recognized as an Indoor airPLUS Leader Award Winner in the Affordable category for the first time. Thrive is proud to offer their Elements Collection of 2-story rowhomes in Denver, Colorado, designated for income-qualified households, with both the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label and the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home certification. Congratulations, Thrive Home Builders, on being a committed partner and providing a well-constructed, healthy home at an affordable price point.

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C&B Custom Homes

C&B Custom Homes has been in business in Arizona since 1974, with four generations of the Bullock Family working in the construction industry. Their team of subcontractors have been working together for the past 10 years perfecting their strategies in building the best energy-efficient, health-ready homes possible. Through their teamwork they have built more than 100 custom-built Indoor airPLUS homes. It is their continued commitment and success in their market that has driven their competitors to begin building to both ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS, truly epitomizing the namesake of this award. Congratulations, C&B Custom Homes--EPA is proud to have such a dedicated partner earning a 5th consecutive Indoor airPLUS Leader Award!

Charis Homes

Discovering healthier, high-performance homes through their participation in DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program, Charis Homes joined Indoor airPLUS in the beginning of 2017 and instantly became an active and enthusiastic partner. Aside from their attention to detail in design and construction, Charis Homes also participates in their community and plays an important role in educating the public. They hold public seminars, participate in events with their local HBA, and share programmatic and educational information through their social media pages. EPA is proud to welcome Charis Homes to the ranks of the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award winners for the first time in 2018.

Mandalay Homes

As a committed partner since 2014, Mandalay Homes is now a four-time winner of the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award. Having labeled over 500 Indoor airPLUS homes in Arizona, Mandalay Homes proudly builds to the EPA Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications in every home because they feel it is the right thing to do--both for them as a business, and for every home buyer they serve. Recognizing an increased market focus on indoor air quality in recent years, Mandalay actively educates their customers about the benefits of an Indoor airPLUS qualified home and is proud to respond to client concerns and questions with real answers and meaningful solutions. Congratulations from the Indoor airPLUS team at EPA--keep up the great work!

Thrive Home Builders

Thrive Home Builders has been fully committed to Indoor airPLUS by building 100% of their homes to the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications and using their EPA partnership as the foundation of their consumer messaging. Constructing over 100 Indoor airPLUS labeled homes annually over the last three years, Thrive continues to lead the market and prove their commitment to providing innovative and healthy homes to their customers in and around Denver, Colorado. With creative and thoughtful website messaging and engaging health displays in their model homes, Thrive has been able to clearly and effectively articulate the value of the Indoor airPLUS Program with their clients. EPA looks forward to continuing to support the great work of Thrive Home Builders--congratulations!

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E3 Energy, LLC

For the past 9 years, E3 Energy, LLC has been awarded the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for their continued commitment in working with builder partners throughout Arizona to construct and verify over 1,000 Indoor airPLUS labeled homes. As experts in their field of energy efficiency and indoor air quality, E3 Energy works with builders on making the step from ENERGY STAR to Indoor airPLUS by providing guidance for each program specification, clearly explaining the requirements and how to achieve them. Additionally, E3 Energy understands the importance of educating the public about healthier homes with an engaging website, showcasing their services for high-performance home builders. EPA looks forward to continuing our strong partnership for years to come--congratulations!

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Since joining the program in 2010, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. has verified over 500 Indoor airPLUS homes along the East Coast. As a leader in building science training, education, and verification services, Steven Winter Associates regularly presents at national industry conferences and events. This past year saw a heavy emphasis on healthy building presentations, featuring Indoor airPLUS alongside recent research studies and complementary health-focused rating systems. Staff at Steven Winter Associates participated in at least nine events in four states, targeting energy efficiency and green building engagements to bring a focus on healthy indoor environments into those important conversations. The Indoor airPLUS team at EPA are thrilled to award Steven Winter Associates again in 2018 for all their great work--congratulations!

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2017 Indoor airPLUS Leader Winners

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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is being recognized as an Indoor airPLUS Leader for their extensive efforts to educate homeowners and bring them additional long-term value with healthier, safer indoor environments. Habitat for Humanity of Kent County communicates the benefits of healthy indoor air by partnering with educational groups, giving the next generation work force hands-on experience to learn green building practices. Additionally, because of Habitat for Humanity – Kent County's goal to certify all homes under the Indoor airPLUS Program, they also provide education for contractors and suppliers on the program requirements. Their outreach efforts include discussions about IAQ with homeowners and a collaborative construction approach to provide a safer, healthier home—an additional piece of long-term affordability for these families

C&B Construction

C&B Construction, known also as Grey Fox Ridge, is being recognized for the fourth year in a row as an Indoor airPLUS Leader for their continued commitment to providing healthier, safer indoor environments. Since committing to building 100% of their homes as Indoor airPLUS in 2014, C&B Construction has continued to see the benefits to both their business and for their clients! The Indoor airPLUS brand has been proudly displayed in nearly all their marketing efforts, including radio and television campaigns, newspaper ads, billboards, and displays throughout their model homes. C&B has seen firsthand the power of the Indoor airPLUS partner locator as it has drawn clients to their business.

Fulton Homes

Fulton Homes, for the third year in a row, is being recognized with the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for their continued commitment to providing homeowners with improved indoor air quality. Fulton Homes incorporates the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications into their “Elevating what’s Standard” program, and in 2016 they found positive results from their marketing efforts promoting Indoor airPLUS. Fulton Homes has utilized the EPA co-brandable Discover Indoor airPLUS Booklet and the Breathe Easy in Your Indoor airPLUS Home brochure. They have also produced their own stickers featuring the Indoor airPLUS logo to bring the program to the attention of homebuyers. Fulton has also produced 3’x5’ avenue banners that they display at the entrances to six of their communities to further highlight and promote the program.

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Mandalay Homes

Mandalay Homes is being recognized for the third straight year as a recipient of the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award. Mandalay Homes has found that being 100% committed to building Indoor airPLUS has been a great differentiator in their market. The Indoor airPLUS Program has been central to their sales and marketing efforts to communicate the value of improved indoor air quality. Mandalay Homes features their partnership with Indoor airPLUS prominently on literature in their sales center and model homes, helping to explain the program and plainly describe the benefits to their customers. While utilizing social media they have increased awareness and visibility of the Indoor airPLUS Program.

Thrive Home Builders

Thrive Home Builders is an Indoor airPLUS Leader Award winner for the second year in a row with an outstanding commitment to providing healthier homes for their homebuyers. In every community, Thrive Home Builders converts a model home garage into a Design and Technology Studio to educate customers about the benefits and values of an energy-efficient and healthier home. Thrive puts a strong emphasis on the positive impacts of good indoor air quality rather than using it as a scare tactic for consumers. Through informational, interactive displays about sustainable home features, as well as information sheets, the Discover Indoor airPLUS Booklet, and Breathe Easy brochure, they are easily able to communicate the value of improved indoor air quality.

Integral Building and Design

Integral Building and Design has been a strong Indoor airPLUS partner and was previously awarded the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award in 2014. With goals of inspiring all of their ENERGY STAR builder partners to construct every one of their homes to meet the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications, Integral Building and Design understands the value and importance of providing improved indoor air quality in homes. They also recognize the importance of indoor air quality in the affordable housing sector and have worked with affordable developers in adding Indoor airPLUS to their construction strategies and community development plans.

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E3 Energy, LLC

E3 Energy has been awarded the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for the eighth consecutive year. Through continuous improvements in how they promote the Indoor airPLUS Program and its benefits, E3 Energy has shown a long-term commitment to raising the standards in their market for high-performance homes through the promotion of healthier indoor environments. Noticing an increased concern from homeowners surrounding mold, radon, carbon monoxide and general health issues, E3 Energy has effectively utilized both their website and social media to provide information to the public on how the Indoor airPLUS Program can help address those concerns.

Energy Inspectors

Energy Inspectors has been awarded the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for the eighth consecutive year. Through continuous improvements in how they promote the Indoor airPLUS Program and its benefits, E3 Energy has shown a long-term commitment to raising the standards in their market for high-performance homes through the promotion of healthier indoor environments. Noticing an increased concern from homeowners surrounding mold, radon, carbon monoxide and general health issues, E3 Energy has effectively utilized both their website and social media to provide information to the public on how the Indoor airPLUS Program can help address those concerns.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) is being recognized for their ongoing commitment to promoting Indoor airPLUS and healthier homes with their sixth consecutive Leader Award. SWA’s Raters incorporate Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications and low-VOC product choices during design development to ensure the homes are constructed to meet all requirements and result in healthier indoor environments. At conferences and workshops, SWA uses the opportunity to discuss the benefits of indoor air quality and specifically the Indoor airPLUS Program, in addition to assisting builder partners in conveying the benefits of the program to homebuyers.

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Fulton Homes

Fulton Homes is being recognized for the second year in a row as an Indoor airPLUS Leader for their strong commitment to building homes with improved indoor air quality. This Arizona builder is committed to building 100% of their homes to Indoor airPLUS. They take full advantage of the marketing and sales resources provided by the program, including training their sales team using the Indoor airPLUS Sales Training Kit. Fulton Homes has also been an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award winner the past two years.

Mandalay Communities

Mandalay Communities, Inc. is an active and 100% committed Indoor airPLMandalay Homes is a 100% committed Indoor airPLUS homebuilder and promotes improved indoor air quality throughout all aspects of their sales and marketing strategies. Prominently displaying the Indoor airPLUS Program marks in their model homes and sales center, Mandalay Homes has been able to plainly describe the features and benefits of living in an Indoor airPLUS home to their buyers. This is Mandalay Homes’ second Indoor airPLUS Leader Award, and they have also received the DOE’s Housing Innovation Award in both 2014 and 2015.

C&B Construction

C&B Construction, known also as Grey Fox Ridge, is a strong supporter of the Indoor airPLUS Program and is the first Indoor airPLUS builder partner to be awarded with the Leader Award three years in a row. They have built 100% of their homes as Indoor airPLUS since 2014 and regularly engage with their market to communicate the benefits that come with the Indoor airPLUS label. They regularly train their sales staff and have invited industry professionals to educate their staff on the technologies used in their homes. C&B Construction also proudly displays the Indoor airPLUS logo in their marketing collateral as well as in their model homes.

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Greenhill Contracting

Greenhill Contracting, a first time Indoor airPLUS Leader Award recipient, is committed to building 100% of their homes to the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications. They regularly include the Indoor airPLUS logo on their marketing and sales pieces. Greenhill Contracting is also a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home builder and a recipient of the DOE Housing Innovations Award.

Thrive Home Builders

Thrive Home Builders, formerly New Town Builders, is a first-time Indoor airPLUS Leader Award Winner. Starting in June 2016, Thrive Home Builders has committed to labeling 100% of their homes as Indoor airPLUS. Thrive Homes Builders is also a Zero Energy Ready Home builder and has received the DOE Housing Innovation Award annually since 2013. They understand the importance of education and create “Building Science Centers” in their sales offices that highlight the features and benefits of the energy efficiency and improved indoor air quality found in all of their homes.

Habitat for Humanity–Saint Louis

Habitat for Humanity—Saint Louis is being awarded the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award for the second year in a row. Previously awarded as a small builder, they are the first recipient in the new Affordable Builder category. This Habitat affiliate has been a strong advocate for improved indoor air quality for many years and regularly provides education and training to the volunteers and organizations that work on their homes. Habitat for Humanity—Saint Louis also highlights their Indoor airPLUS partnership by displaying the program logo on signage and collateral materials at special events and by participating in conference presentations describing their construction process.

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Integral Building and Design

Integral Building and Design has been a strong Indoor airPLUS partner and was previously awarded the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award in 2014. With goals of inspiring all of their ENERGY STAR builder partners to construct every one of their homes to meet the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications, Integral Building and Design understands the value and importance of providing improved indoor air quality in homes. They also recognize the importance of indoor air quality in the affordable housing sector and have worked with affordable developers in adding Indoor airPLUS to their construction strategies and community development plans.

ASERusa, St. Louis, MO

ASERusa has been an Indoor airPLUS champion and has received the Leader Award the past 7 years. ASERusa does a great job educating their builder partners of the value of the Indoor airPLUS program and the benefits of providing improved indoor air quality to their clients, in addition to offering a suite of other national green building programs. Their ongoing education and dedication to providing premium services distinguish them as a leader in the rating industry.

E3 Energy, LLC

E3 Energy continues to be a strong supporter and participant with Indoor airPLUS and has been awarded the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award annually since its inception in 2010. E3 Energy is passionate about educating their clients about the benefits of healthier indoor environments. With a commitment to making Indoor airPLUS standard practice in their market, E3 Energy highlights the program prominently on their website and offers valuable in-person assistance to their builder clients.

Energy Inspectors

Energy Inspectors is a strong proponent of improved indoor air quality that understands, and can effectively communicate, its value to builder partners. They regularly provide training to sales managers and teams and assist their clients in developing marketing materials and homeowner manuals. Energy Inspectors understands the growing market and the increasing attention placed on improving air quality within homes, and as the highest reporting Indoor airPLUS Rater in 2016, they are well positioned to continue to lead the industry in this effort. Energy Inspectors was also recognized with the Leader Award in 2011 and 2014.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) is a dedicated Indoor airPLUS partner and is being awarded the Leader Award for the fifth consecutive year. SWA has shown their commitment to the program by ensuring that Indoor airPLUS is included during each ENERGY STAR program kick-off meeting, and that the importance of IAQ is brought to the table during design charrettes. They also assist their builder partners in translating the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications into consumer benefits and help them communicate the value with their homebuyers.

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2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Winners

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KB Home

KB Home is dedicated to expanding improved indoor air quality in many of the markets they serve. KB Home has capitalized on interactive web tools with their eDifference campaign to highlight indoor air quality, while making use of Indoor airPLUS logos and messaging in numerous marketing resources and collateral. KB Home has also integrated Indoor airPLUS messaging into their internal sales training courses with multiple divisions. KB Home is not only a Sustained Excellence winner for ENERGY STAR's Partner of the Year, but they are also the first national corporate builder to win EPA's Indoor airPLUS Leader Award.

Fulton Homes

Fulton Homes has taken advantage of Indoor airPLUS marketing material and messaging, placing Indoor airPLUS logos in their sales offices and using the Indoor airPLUS co-brandable consumer brochure to point out specific features for clients. This progressive Arizona builder has recently committed to building 100% of their homes to Indoor airPLUS and understands the importance of walking their consumers through the building process. Fulton Homes has shown that they are an Indoor airPLUS Leader in a strong ENERGY STAR market.

Mandalay Communities

Mandalay Communities, Inc. is an active and 100% committed Indoor airPLUS homebuilder. Building to many green and high performance home program specifications, including DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home Program, they showcase their commitment to improved indoor air quality by using Indoor airPLUS as a foundation for their standard building practices. Mandalay Communities, Inc. uses Indoor airPLUS regularly trains their sales staff and Customer Care team to communicate the benefits of improved indoor air quality through Indoor airPLUS. They are the first builder to receive both the DOE's Housing Innovation Award and the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award.

Schell Brothers

Schell Brothers reported the largest number of Indoor airPLUS qualified homes in 2014, showing a clear commitment to the Indoor airPLUS Program and to improving indoor air quality for consumers. Their extensive and aesthetically pleasing marketing resources prominently display the Indoor airPLUS logo and messaging. Utilizing advanced MERV 14 filtration with their HVAC systems, Schell Brothers is committed to offering homes with improved indoor air quality. They are also building a number of homes to the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard, showcasing the opportunity for builders to move toward green building practices with multiple nationally-recognized labels.

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C&B Construction

Having labeled 100% of their ENERGY STAR homes as Indoor airPLUS in 2014, C&B Construction is the first builder to win the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award two years in a row. They regularly communicate the benefits of Indoor airPLUS qualified homes to potential buyers and have spoken to community groups and at Realtor trainings about high performance building with Indoor airPLUS. C&B also regularly uses the Indoor airPLUS logo in their marketing collateral, displaying it on billboards, flyers, and in their model homes, as well as advertising their partnership in radio ads.

Charles Thomas Homes

Charles Thomas Homes is a committed Indoor airPLUS partner, actively marketing the program to homebuyers. Their extensive suite of marketing including yard signs, weekly newspaper ads, and the artwork on their company truck prominently displays the Indoor airPLUS logo and their commitment to building healthier homes. Their website also includes excellent video testimonials from homebuyers who, having children with asthma, have placed a high priority on indoor air quality. Charles Thomas Homes showcases Indoor airPLUS in their model home and uses the opportunity to show consumers behind-the-wall features and benefits because, as their motto states, "what you can't see matters."

Habitat for Humanity

This affordable builder in Saint Louis, MO is a champion of Indoor airPLUS in their market, and 100% of their homes in 2014 were Indoor airPLUS qualified. Habitat for Humanity-Saint Louis regularly provides training to the volunteers and organizations that work on their homes, highlighting the benefits of improved indoor air quality associated with Indoor airPLUS. They also have presented at conferences and participated in webinars to showcase their participation in the Indoor airPLUS Program and to share best practices with other builders.

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Kettler Forlines

Kettler Forlines has been an Indoor airPLUS program champion for a number of years. Their extensive marketing material prominently displays the Indoor airPLUS logo, including road-front signage at their model home. They have also utilized the Indoor airPLUS co-brandable brochure for consumer collateral. Kettler Forlines understands the importance of how to message improved indoor air quality to their consumers and use the Indoor airPLUS checklist to walk consumers through benefits not easily visible in the home.

ASERusa

ASERusa has been an Indoor airPLUS champion and a recurring Leader Award winner due to their ongoing education efforts and program participation. ASERusa strives to market the Indoor airPLUS label to architects whenever possible. They also do a great job educating their builder clients and promoting Indoor airPLUS as a valuable option to sell an indoor air quality label alongside other national green building programs. ASERusa has also coordinated well with affordable builders such as Habitat for Humanity-St. Louis to help make them one of the premier affordable builders among Habitat affiliates nationwide.

E3 Energy, LLC

E3 Energy is a recurring Leader Award winner due to their continued strong participation and promotion of Indoor airPLUS. E3 Energy is passionate about educating their clients about the benefits of healthier indoor environments. They provide videos and various other resources for homeowners and sales agents to convey the benefits of building and purchasing an Indoor airPLUS qualified home. They continue to show a strong commitment to making Indoor airPLUS standard practice in their market.

Energy Inspectors

Energy Inspectors has demonstrated that they are a champion of Indoor airPLUS in the markets they serve. Energy Inspectors feels strongly that the importance of indoor air quality is gaining more attention in the market and seeks to help builders leverage the Indoor airPLUS brand. Their team regularly holds training sessions for builder partners to explore the specifications and benefits associated with Indoor airPLUS and to help builders gain new value propositions.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

With offices in New York, Washington, DC and Connecticut, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) has been a long-time dedicated Indoor airPLUS partner and is a recurring Leader Award winner. They have shown a commitment to showcasing the benefits of Indoor airPLUS by helping their builders translate the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications into consumer benefits. Steven Winter Associates showcases their participation in the Indoor airPLUS Program through various press releases, program summaries, and conference presentations, increasing the visibility of the label for consumers and builders alike.

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Foxwood Builders, Inc

Foxwood Builders, Inc.EXIT believes their commitment to building all homes to qualify for the Indoor airPLUS label gives them a unique selling point to prospective customers. As such, their company is committed to building 100% EPA Indoor airPLUS qualified homes.
Foxwood Builders, Inc. educates and trains local realtors on the benefits of Indoor airPLUS homes and proudly displays "We Sell EPA Indoor airPLUS Qualified Homes" signage in front of their homes.

Palo Duro Homes, Inc.

Palo Duro Homes, Inc.EXIT has continually been a champion of the Indoor airPLUS Program and one of the leading Indoor airPLUS builder partners.
The sales team at Palo Duro Homes, Inc. utilizes every opportunity to introduce the Indoor airPLUS Program to potential homebuyers and educates their clients about the benefits of improved indoor air quality.

C&B Construction

After the 2008 housing crisis, C&B Construction leveraged the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and Indoor airPLUS Programs to help sustain their business and community and eventually lead the way in offering “Quality with Efficiency in Mind” in Northern Arizona. In 2013, C&B Construction labeled 100% of their ENERGY STAR certified homes as Indoor airPLUS. Their company places special emphasis on collaborating with their Rater and educating their sales staff to communicate the benefits of Indoor airPLUS to their homebuyers.

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Integral Building & Design

Finding that many homeowners were particularly concerned with both energy efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ), Integral Building & Design discovered that the Indoor airPLUS Program is a great complement to the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program and a cost-effective way to improve IAQ in new homes. Integral Building & Design believes that Indoor airPLUS has grown their competencies and improved their marketability, helping to increase demand for their Rating services. The company also promotes the Indoor airPLUS Program as part of their training program which is offered to building professionals.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) believes the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications and checklist are essential tools for project teams in designing and implementing indoor air quality strategies. As such, the company holds joint design and construction strategy team meetings to address indoor air quality.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. actively highlights harmonies and opportunities for partnership among the Indoor airPLUS Program and other residential green-labeling programs, including ENERGY STAR Certified Homes. As a committed Indoor airPLUS Rater, Steven Winter Associates is a repeat Leader Award winner.

ASERusa

ASERusa has been an Indoor airPLUS champion and a recurring winner due to their ongoing promotional efforts and program participation. This leading Rater has found that the Indoor airPLUS Program has allowed them to expand their offerings and bring in more business. ASERusa employs the method of program laddering to emphasize the value of energy efficiency and indoor air quality within the context of green building. ASERusa works with architects and builders throughout the home design and construction phases to emphasize the Indoor airPLUS Program criteria.

E3 Energy

E3 Energy has been a continued Indoor airPLUS Program champion and a repeat Leader Award winner. E3 Energy effectively works in their market to encourage current builder clients to participate in offering enhanced indoor air quality to their customers. Helping builders create Indoor airPLUS Program displays in model homes and provide educational content for consumers, E3 Energy goes above and beyond in helping their clients sell high-quality homes to their customers.

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ASERusa

Service areas (based on ENERGY STAR home reports):  AZ, FL, IL, MO

ASERusa is located in St. Louis, Missouri and currently incorporates the Indoor airPLUS program into all of their presentations and job bids, as well as their ASERusa brochure, website and job orders. ASERusa specializes in the support of national building programs. Their team has been successful with Indoor airPLUS due to their willingness to educate builders and consumers on the additional comfort that Indoor airPLUS delivers. ASERusa frames Indoor airPLUS as an easy step up from ENERGY STAR that delivers significant benefits to the consumer in improved indoor air quality. ASERusa makes pricing and cost analysis a priority when discussing the program with builders. When a builder knows what costs to expect, they are better able to make informed decisions and build Indoor airPLUS with confidence.

E3 Energy

Service areas (based on ENERGY STAR home reports):  AZ, CO, NM, PR

E3 Energy, an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2005, has significant experience helping builders construct modern, tight homes. As a dedicated Indoor airPLUS Partner and recurring award winner, they are able to sell Indoor airPLUS as an ideal way to build additional security in those tight homes. By controlling fresh air and minimizing pollutants in the home, E3 Energy and their builder partners can promote their Indoor airPLUS labeled homes as higher-performing, more durable and healthier for the occupants.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Service areas (based on ENERGY STAR home reports): CT, DC, DE, MA, NJ, NY, PA, RI

With offices in New York, Washington, DC and Connecticut, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provides not only third-party verification, but also consulting and advisory services for Indoor airPLUS builders. Their success with Indoor airPLUS stems from their work with builders in leveraging a preliminary design review before construction. SWA introduces Indoor airPLUS early in their process by incorporating the program in project kickoff meetings and educating their clients about the key features and benefits that the program provides: increased indoor air quality and increased durability.

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2012 Indoor airPLUS Leader Winners

Please join us in congratulating the 2012 Indoor airPLUS Leaders — all of which are among the Rater partners that verified and reported the most Indoor airPLUS certified homes in 2011.


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ASERusa 

ASERusa is located in St. Louis, Missouri and currently incorporates the Indoor airPLUS program into all of their presentations and job bids, as well as their ASERusa brochure, website, and job orders. ASERusa is committed to promoting Indoor airPLUS because the program helps to grow business by offering additional quality measures to new homes and it delivers the performance verification clients are looking for. In ASERusa's experience, builders like the additional features that Indoor airPLUS offers beyond ENERGY STAR Home Program and like to use the program as their path to Section-EQ of LEED for Homes Program.

E3 Energy 

Indoor airPLUS has helped to position E3 Energy as an indoor air quality and energy efficiency leader in the southwest home building industry. Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, E3 Energy prides themselves on successfully applying the principles and specifications of the Indoor airPLUS program to new construction and, as much as possible, to existing homes. E3 Energy offers the program to every new contractor they work with and presents the program as the missing link between energy efficiency and healthy homes. In their experience, builders appreciate the ability to provide healthier homes to their clients with Indoor airPLUS, and train their sales associates to help promote the program.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. 

With offices in New York, Washington, DC and Connecticut, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provides research, consulting and advisory services to improve commercial, residential and multifamily built environments for private and public sector clients. They use Indoor airPLUS to help educate building and design professionals about improving durability and indoor air quality in new homes. SWA engineers have found that it is easy to convey the importance of the specifications to the builders they work with by leveraging the design review process as an opportunity to explain the program and encourage builders to add Indoor airPLUS to their best practices. In SWA's experience, builders appreciate the simplicity of the checklist and construction specifications, and like the added confidence that callbacks will be reduced by adding the Indoor airPLUS label.

TexEnergy Solutions 

TexEnergy Solutions is based in Irving, Texas. They believe that Indoor airPLUS has helped grow their business because the program has a basic practicality that is easily translated to builders and homeowners. In fact, they find that simply explaining the money-saving benefits of the program's features to builders and customers is the easiest way to communicate its value and sell the program. TexEnergy Solutions strongly encourages combining Indoor airPLUS with other certification programs and sees Indoor airPLUS as an additional opportunity that will help to improve their homebuilder client's business prospects in the future. In their experience, builders like the easy to understand features and benefits of Indoor airPLUS, and the clear cost/benefits of the program for buyers. In a world of increasing concern about the quality of air we breathe, they consider Indoor airPLUS a superior offering.

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2011 Indoor airPLUS Leader Winners

Group photo of HERS 2011 Winners
From left to right: Francisco Reina, Lightly Treading; Tom Mahoney, EERA; Gary Fries, ASERusa; Eric Werling, EPA; Justin Erickson, E3 Energy; James Brauer, TexEnergy; Tim Bethel (from Alliance Energy Audit on behalf of EnergySmart.us.com); John Gillett, Energy Inspectors; Building Energy, Inc. (not pictured)

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Energy Inspectors 

Energy Inspectors is a residential energy efficiency consulting, home energy rating and residential construction quality assurance company with offices in Nevada, California, Arizona and Utah. Energy Inspectors rates homes in 18 states and currently works with over 320 custom home builders, certifying homes throughout the West.

Building Energy, Inc. 

Building Energy, Inc, based in Idaho, has over 32 years of experience as a full service energy conservation company. Building Energy specializes in auditing and retro-fitting commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

EnergySmart.us.com 

EnergySmart.us.com is an energy focused technical organization based in Arlington, Texas. The company offers its customers a variety of services from thermal imaging for efficiency assessment and predictive maintenance to residential energy auditing and commercial benchmarking.

TexEnergy Solutions 

TexEmergy Solutions was founded in 2002 and specializes in whole house building science, energy, environmental, comfort and indoor air quality issues. TexEnergy is a HERS Rater and Provider, and services the North Texas.

E3 Energy 

E3 Energy was created in 2002 in response to an increasing demand for effective building science tools and green construction practices. E3 Energy is committed to working with and educating private home-owners about lifestyles and building practices that improve the health and energy efficiency of their homes. E3 Energy services the Flagstaff area of Arizona.

Energy and Environmental Ratings Alliance (EERA) 

EERA (Kansas Building Science Institute) is a HERS Provider organization based in Manhattan, Kansas, but operates in 26 states across the country. EERA offers a full range of home diagnostic services to its clients and provides raters professional development and continuous training options.

ASERusa 

ASERusa is based in St. Louis, Missouri and specializes in building science and technology design, field verification and program rating services for National Building Performance Programs. More specifically, ASERusa offers Indoor Air Quality Design and verification and rating services to clients throughout the country.

Lightly Treading 

Lightly Treading is based in Denver, Colorado, and educates homeowners, builders, building science professionals and community members about energy efficiency and improved comfort in new and existing homes and small commercial buildings. Lightly Treading offers energy audits, HERS ratings, energy efficiency workshops, training certifications and system specific diagnostic testing.

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2010 Indoor airPLUS HERS Leader Winners

Group photo of HERS 2010 Winners
Damien Flattery (on behalf of Gary Fries, ASERusa); Kelly Parker, GWS Systems; Paul Kreisher, Lightly Treading; Rob Salcido, Architectural Energy Corporation; Tom Mahoney, Energy and Environmental Ratings Alliance; Justin Erickson, E3 Energy; Davis Energy Group (not pictured).

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EPA had its first Indoor airPLUS recognition ceremony at RESNET's 2010 Building Performance Conference held Feb. 22-24, in Raleigh, N.C. The Indoor airPLUS program recognized seven verifier partners for outstanding leadership in verifying and promoting Indoor airPLUS certified homes. Out of 148 Indoor airPLUS verifier partners, these seven organizations led the way in certifying the most Indoor airPLUS homes. Their efforts are helping to create healthier and greener homes, advanced indoor air quality in residential construction and provide the many benefits that Indoor airPLUS qualified homes offer to homeowners and families.

"The third party verification of the Indoor airPLUS label is huge, and that third party validation helps generate revenue for the raters. It also provides the builder with someone to take a look at each of those components making sure that those elements of Indoor airPLUS have been third party verified. If they are not involved with the program then they are missing an opportunity. Missing that opportunity means that you are not able to provide more services, so you've lost revenue." Kelly Parker, GWS Oklahoma.

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