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Award Winning Denver Based Architectural Firm, Godden|Sudik Architects, Earns 2015 NAHB® Green Building Concepts Award

Godden|Sudik Architects, a leading Denver-based architectural firm, won the 2015 National Association of Home Builders® (NAHB) Best Example of Green Building Concepts for their Solaire Apartment Homes development.


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Solaire Apartment Homes development in Brighton, Colorado, designed by Godden|Sudik Architects, winner of the 2015 National Association of Home Builders Award.
Solaire Apartment Homes development in Brighton, Colorado, designed by Godden|Sudik Architects, winner of the 2015 National Association of Home Builders Award.

“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.

Godden|Sudik Architects, a leading Denver-based architectural firm, won the 2015 National Association of Home Builders® (NAHB) Best Example of Green Building Concepts during the Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards, presented October 15, 2015.

NAHB awarded Godden|Sudik in recognition for their Solaire Apartment Homes development in Brighton, Colorado. NAHB’s annual Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards program highlights creative development concepts, innovative financing strategies, great design, and superior management and marketing in the apartment and condominium marketplace.

Godden|Sudik’s Solaire design is not only highly energy efficient and water-wise, but also incorporates one of the largest GeoExchange installations in the country. Each of the 11 buildings at Solaire has its own geothermal field, with approximately 10 wells per building, and uses a Bosch® model heat pump. While initial drilling costs were expensive, the decrease in residents’ utility bills and expected life of service for the equipment, as well as state and federal rebates, offset this barrier.

“Don’t be scared of geothermal and upfront costs,” said Emily Smith, PE, LEED AP, and Principal at Geo-Energy Services. “It really does work.”

Relying on geothermal energy for Solaire’s heating and cooling needs caps residents’ average monthly utility bills at $10 to $15. Bolstered insulation and air sealing preserve these energy savings.

Native landscaping, smart irrigation, and water-wise interior fixtures cut water usage at Solaire by 44%, over a typical, similar development.
Additional on-site renewable energy features incorporated by Godden|Sudik include solar and wind installations.

The 252-unit, 11 building complex offers 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom models full of design amenities, including private patios, contemporary design, 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.

The Solaire development also earned the 2015 Greystar® Green Award.

Find out more about this and other award-winning architecture by Godden|Sudik Architects by visiting their website at www.goddensudik.com.
 


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