CHICAGO (Jan. 8, 2014) – Chicago-based healthy homebuilder Weiss Building & Development, LLC (WBD), had a milestone year in 2013, earning a total of 12 awards and recognitions, including the 2013 U.S. Green Building Council Illinois (USGBC-IL) Home Innovation “Green Home” Emerald Award and the 2013 Department of Energy (DOE) Housing Innovation Grand Award. Additional recognitions awarded to WBD in 2013 are:
The DOE Housing Innovation Award for Systems Built
The DOE Housing Innovation Award for Custom Innovation
The 2013 Crystal Key Award presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago
The 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Award
The 2013 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Master Certified Green Professional of the Year Award
The NAHB Green Award for Single Family Custom Home Project of the Year
Four ICON Awards of Excellence from Northern Illinois Home Builders Association
As a leader in sustainable home building, WBD also orchestrated Chicagoland’s first “GreenBuilt Home Tour,” which featured 16 award-winning, nationally recognized, sustainable Chicago-area homes. The Lema Passive House, built by WBD, served as the headliner of the GreenBuilt Home Tour, which utilized the highest level of building science, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
“In every project we take on, the longevity of the home and the health and happiness of the occupants are of the utmost importance,” notes Brandon Weiss, president and founder ofWeiss Building & Development. “We ensure all methods are qualified and quantified, and people really took notice this year. What we’re doing is revolutionizing the way homes are built by consistently assessing and evaluating performance and efficiencies.”
This year, WBD was recognized with the “Green Home” Emerald Award for the Lema Passive House project—Chicagoland’s first certified Passive House—presented by the USGBC Illinois Chapter. A Passive House refers to the most stringent, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. The “Green Home” Emerald Award recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations, corporations, projects and technologies implemented across Illinois, which advance both buildings and communities to become more sustainable, prosperous and healthy.
WBD also received three awards at the first annual DOE Housing Innovation Awards including the 2013 Grand Award. WBD’s Passive House won the Systems Award and Illinois’ first DOE Challenge Home, also built by WBD, won the Custom Award category. The DOE Challenge Home designation marks the symbol of excellence in home building and is presented to distinguished builders who are evolving the way homes are designed and constructed.
Brandon Weiss was individually honored with the Crystal Key Award for creativity and innovation in new home construction. Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, the award recognizes excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, remodeling and landscaping.
WBD also won the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Award in the “Best Behind The Walls” category as well as two additional awards at the 2013 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Awards—the 2013 NAHB Master Certified Green Professional of the Year Award and the NAHB Green Award for Single Family Custom Home Project of the Year—presented at the International Home Builders Show in Las Vegas in February.
WBD ended the year with four more awards at the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association awards ceremony in December including:
2013 ICON Award of Excellence Gold Award: Energy Efficient Project Passive House $750,000 to $1 Million
2013 ICON Award of Excellence Gold Award: New Construction Single Family $350,000 to $555,000
2013 ICON Award of Excellence Gold Award: New Construction Single Family $750,00 – $1 Million
2013 ICON Award of Excellence Gold Award: Specialty Room Wine Cellar Over $50,000
Weiss Building & Development LLC (WBD) is a Chicagoland homebuilder and general contractor delivering highest-quality residential projects that are both environmentally sound and aesthetically pleasing. Weiss Building & Development strives to exceed expectations while simultaneously keeping each client educated and informed about their construction and remodeling process. WBD applies quality control through extensive performance, health, and building science testing to ensure all projects are third party certified. Weiss Building & Development founder, Brandon Weiss, embraces and applies efficiency-driven, healthy home strategies, which can be seen through the knowledgeable and timely solutions provided throughout the duration of the building process.