Denver Architect Wins NAHB Best Example of Green Building Concepts
- Mar 15, 2016
By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor
Godden|Sudik Architects of Denver is the winner of the 2015 National Association of Home Builders® (NAHB) Best Example of Green Building Concepts during the Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards.
The recognition was awarded to Godden|Sudik for their Solaire Apartment Homes development in Brighton, Colo. The architectural firm’s design is highly energy and water efficient, while incorporating one of the largest GeoExchange installations in the country. Each of the project’s 11 buildings has its own geothermal field, with approximately 10 wells per building, and uses a Bosch® model heat pump.
“Don’t be scared of geothermal and upfront costs,” said Emily Smith, PE, LEED AP & principal at Geo-Energy Services. “It really does work.” The choice to rely on geothermal energy at Solaire for heating and cooling caps residents’ average monthly utility bills at $10 to $15. Bolstered insulation and air sealing preserve these energy savings.
Solaire Apartment Homes offers 252 units in 11 buildings with one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans featuring amenities such as private patios, contemporary designs, and upgraded kitchens.
“The success of Solaire shows not only in its utility bills and performance, but also by the fact that after Solaire’s completion, the city of Brighton was excited to collaborate on our next green development,” said Alex Duran, project architect for Solaire.