Custom Home Building Awards

 

2016 Durango Parade of Homes Award Winner • Judges’ Selection for Best in Class over $2,000,000
• Overall Best Sustainability

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San Juan Citizen’s Alliance and Green Business Roundtable Green Business Leadership Award – One of three finalists for all businesses.

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•2016 Award from the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Program.

•One of twelve custom home builders nationwide to win this award.

•For more information on the program and our awards,see the DOE website


•M-H Builders has completed seven homes to qualify for certification under the stringent, high performance DOE Zero Ready Program, starting in 2014 at program inception.


•M-H Builders is the only Colorado Builder committed to building 100% certified ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS homes.

•M-H Builders has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2008 and has completed 18 certified ENERGY STAR custom homes as of March, 2017

Green Business Leadership Award

•One of three finalists for all businesses in 2016

•Awarded by the San Juan Citizen’s Alliance and Green Business Roundtable
DOE 2015 Housing Innovation Award Winner“The M-H Builders' leadership is "paving the way for the rest of the U.S. housing industry to provide zero energy ready homes that are better for our nation, our communities, and individual homeowners". This award recognizes "the very best in innovation on the path to zero energy ready homes".” 

•2015 Award from the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Program

•One of twelve custom home builders nationwide to win this award
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DOE 2015 Housing Innovation Award Winner2015 Housing Innovation Award from the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Program – One of twelve custom home builders nationwide to win this award

•Completion of two additional homes to qualify for certification under the stringent, high performance DOE Net Zero Ready Program

•Only Durango custom builder to be 100% committed to building ENERGY STAR homes

•Continuing commitment to build 100% EPA Indoor AirPlus qualified homes

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•One of three finalists for all businesses in 2015

•Awarded by the San Juan Citizen’s Alliance and Green Business Roundtable

2014 Parade of Homes •First Durango builder to qualify a home under the DOE Zero Energy Ready Program

•Only Durango builder to be 100% committed to building ENERGY STAR homes

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2013 Parade of Homes •First Durango builder to qualify a home under the DOE Net Zero Ready Program

•Only Durango builder to be 100% committed to building ENERGY STAR homes
2013 Parade of Homes •Judges’ Best Overall Third Place (of 22 entries) – Engineer Village, Durango Mountain Resort

•Judges’ Award $500,000-$1,000,000 Third Place

•Sustainability Award

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2012 Durango Area Parade of Homes Winnter
•1st Place- $1,000,000+ Category, won Judges’ Selection & People’s Choice Awards

•2nd Place- Green Building Award

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2011 National Association Home Builders Green Program
•Custom Home completed in June, 2012

•Passive and active solar

•First home certified in SW Colorado at NAHB Emerald (highest) level

•Certified under EPA ENERGY STAR for New Home

•HERS rating of 49 not including photovoltaic system; HERS = 28 including PV

•Custom Home completed in November, 2011, Certified at Gold Level

•ENERGY STAR Certified

•Met EPA Builders Challenge and EPA Indoor Air Plus standards.
2010 National Association Home Builders Green Program •First home in Southwest Colorado to earn NAHB Gold Level Certification

•Home was also certified under ENERGY STAR for New Homes program

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2010 Green Business Leadership Award Finalist •Finalist – Green Business Leadership Award
2012 Durango Area Parade of Homes Winner •Overall 1st Place Winner of Parade of Homes (Glacier Club home)

•• Winner of all eligible categories


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2007 Parade of Homes Winner•First Place People’s Choice Premier Award for Durango Ridge Ranch home

•Place People’s Choice Premier Award for Durango Ridge Ranch home

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•Custom Builder of the Year (In Colorado and Western States)

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Press

4CORE-newsletter-parade-of-homes-2015“A sneak preview to a 2015 Parade of Homes ENERGY STAR certified home. When Mantell-Hecathorn Builders start a project, they start down a strict path of procedures and verifications to ensure that the home is higher performance, more comfortable and longer-lasting than other homes built without certifications. And when they are finished, there is a healthy residence that is both elegant and practical.” 

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Durango Magazine Dream Home article“Mantell-Hecathorn Builders Inc. are masters at turning dream-home visions into a reality — real homes that embody the elegance of the dream, as well as the details and practicalities of real life...” 

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Durango Business Connection custom builders article“The team of Tara and Greg Mantell-Hecathorn have been designing and building unique custom homes for 38 years...They arrived in Durango 7 years ago after building new homes in Fairbanks, Alaska for 13 years, and doing renovations, additions, kitchens and baths...” 

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Green Building Custom Homes in Southwest Colorado“Greg and Tara Mantell-Hecathorn ... toasted 34 successful years of operating their Custom-Design Build homebuilding business. Their dedication to excellence has been recognized by numerous awards, Including 2008 Built Green Colorado Custom Builder of the Year, 2008 Overall First Place in the Durango Parade of Homes, and the 2007 People¹s Choice Premier Award.” 

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“When someone brings up Green Building, what comes to your mind? ... Actually, the phrase refers to a house or commercial space that has been built to standards higher than normal building codes.”

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“Green building/green energy ... is being hummed increasingly by government at various levels. ... the melody was outlined Tuesday at one of the 14 seminar/workshops sponsored by the Homebuilders Association of Southwest Colorado. ... incoming association President Greg Mantell-Hecathorn wants to bring homebuyers and remodelers, business owners ... and members of his own association aboard the ‘green future’ bandwagon.”

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“Ambitious Home Energy Efficiency: programs are launching in the midst of the toughest building environment in decades, with advocates predicting they can help builders emerge stronger than ever.”


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“Mantell-Hecathorn Builders has two very clear motivations in building Built Green® homes: to create change in the southwest Colorado building community and in public awareness of Built Green®, and to develop and own the unique niche in that market for high-performance Built Green® and ENERGY STAR® luxury homes.”


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Green buildings are built with nontoxic materials to exceed normal building codes and enjoy high energy efficiency. The result is a structure that will last longer, cost less money to heat and cool than conventionally built homes, and offer a healthy living environment for its occupants.

Greg Mantell-Hecathorn is a local custom home builder, green building advocate and president of the Homebuilders Association of Southwest Colorado. “The bottom line is green buildings mean financial savings and the personal benefits of encouraging energy efficiency,” he said. “There are also obvious upsides to building houses without toxic materials.”

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“This is the first of a two-part series that looks at "green building" efforts in La Plata and San Juan Counties. Like any new product in a given market when consumer education is critical for growth, the green-building industry is no different.” 

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Greg Mantel-Hecathorn, Speaker
Presentation: Top 5 Reasons Why You Want An Energy Star/Built Green Home

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“‘Green’ and ‘Sustainability’ are just two of the words in the green-build jargon that get abused...What is sustainability? What does green-build mean? Greg Mantel-Hecathorn, a leading expert on the subject, clears up the confusion for you... ”

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Four Corners Energy Efficiency ExchnangeGreg Mantel-Hecathorn, Speaker
Presentation: Certified Green Building Programs and Techniques

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