National Association of Home Builders Honors Philip Beere, Green Street Development
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named Philip Beere of Green Street Development as the “Green Building Remodeler Advocate of the Year,” and named one of his company’s residential remodel projects, 150 West Elm in Phoenix, as “Remodel Project of the Year.” The association honored Beere with these two prestigious awards at the 12th Annual NAHB National Green Building Conference in Raleigh, N.C on earlier this month.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by NAHB with these awards,” Beere said. “It was a privilege to be nominated along side many national leaders in green building and sustainability; together, we all make an impact through our work, both in our communities and for the greater good of the entire nation.”
Beere is a champion of sustainable development and a national leader in green education; Green Street is an official U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) education provider with a robust curriculum for universities and green building professionals. His motto, “Live Healthy,” has transcended his personal life into his business practices. In an effort to influence policy and promote sustainability practices, Beere conducts monthly educational sessions for municipalities, contractors, builders, architects, and other green building advocates. His Green Remodel Workshop is now available on DVD so he can share his expertise around the country.
“The dedication that Philip has shown to sustainable, environmentally-responsible home remodeling and renovation is remarkable,” said Eric Borsting, chair of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee. “He not only incorporates environmentally-friendly practices whenever possible, he reinvigorates neighborhoods in his community with energy-efficient and affordable housing, which benefits many families in the Phoenix area.”
Remodel Project of the Year
Beere’s team at Green Street Development has been remodeling green-certified homes in the Phoenix area since 2007 – most of which were in foreclosure. 150 West Elm was the first remodeling project in the nation to achieve Emerald certification, the most stringent award level in the National Green Building Standard. The 1,600-square-foot, 70-year-old ranch house is in the Pierson Place Historic District near the city’s new light-rail line. In remodeling the home, Beere’s team reduced the Home Energy Rating — set at 100 for today’s new homes — from 208 to 65, reducing the home’s carbon footprint by more than 70 percent and water use by 65 percent. The home also features new Energy Star-rated® windows and appliances, water-efficient fixtures, soy stained concrete floors, upgraded heating, air conditioning and insulation systems, and native landscaping for even more water savings.
“I’m thrilled that our work at 150 West Elm in Phoenix has been recognized as the Remodel Project of the Year,” Beere said. “The project symbolizes our company mission of creating walkable neighborhoods, preserving existing structures, and sustainable development.”
“This home is a great example of green remodeling done right while also done beautifully,” said Eric Borsting, chair of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee. “This should be an example for builders and remodelers everywhere to look to when constructing and renovating energy-efficient and earth-friendly housing in their own communities.”
The award-winning home at 150 W. Elm was purchased quickly after going on the market. For more information, or to learn more about other Green Street projects, log on to www.greenstreetdev.com. Additional information about the NAHB National Green Building Awards is at www.nahb.org/greenbuildingawards.