NYSERDA Recognizes Two Capital Region Home Builders as Top Green Residential Builders in the State

Marini Homes of Clifton Park and Better Neighborhoods of Schenectady Receive ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Awards

February 28, 2012

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has recognized Marini Homes, LLC of Clifton Park and Better Neighborhoods of Schenectady Inc. with “Outstanding Achievement” awards in the Green Residential Building Program.

The awards were made based on the number of green homes constructed, the level of green certification achieved and the energy efficiency of the homes.

“Congratulations to these builders for the excellent work they do in the Green Residential Building program,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “Green building practices are excellent ways for New Yorkers to participate in sustainable living and realize positive environmental benefits.”

Statewide Green Residential Building Program awards were made at the recent Affordable Comfort Inc. (ACI) conference in Saratoga Springs New York.

Marini won the award for “Outstanding Achievement – Market Rate Housing” for building 24 single-family homes to the program’s standards. The homes all received the National Green Building Standard Silver certification. The Marini homes also qualified for NYSERDA’s New York ENERGY STAR® Homes program, which requires that homes be designed to consume less energy than the typical house built to New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code while keeping temperatures consistent. The Marini homes were almost 50 percent more energy efficient than industry-standard homes.

Better Neighborhoods, Inc. of Schenectady won the award for “Outstanding Achievement – Affordable Housing.” It built 10 single-family homes for income-eligible residents, eight of which achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Platinum certification and two were LEED-H Gold certified. It also participated and met all requirements for the New York ENERGY STAR Homes program. The Better Neighborhoods homes were 55 percent more energy efficient than industry-standard homes.

Both certification through the National Green Building Standard and LEED are based on green practices in site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selections and indoor environment quality.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

About Affordable Comfort Inc.

ACI (Affordable Comfort Inc.)is a nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge information, education and best practices in the area of residential building construction known as Home Performance and Weatherization. Through national and regional educational and networking events, ACI provides innovative building science knowledge presented by renowned industry experts focused on advancing residential energy efficiency nationwide. It is our vision that every family has a home that is safe, healthy, durable, and energy efficient. For more information on ACI, visit www.affordablecomfort.orgLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

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