A southwest view of Wilton-based BPC Green Builders award winning home in Clinton, N.Y.

Local custom home builder BPC Green Builders of Wilton recently received the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 “Housing Innovation Award” in the category of Custom Homes (for Buyers), for the fourth time in five years.

The DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards recognizes the nation’s most innovative builders who are taking housing to the next level of energy efficiency and using DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.

BPC Green Builders’ 2017 award-winning home, located  in Clinton, N.Y., is a three-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath, 3,600-square-foot, custom-built, high-performance, energy-efficient, green home that meets or exceeds all the requirements of DOE’s “Zero Energy Ready Home Program.”

One key aspect of a Zero Energy Ready Home is that the home can achieve “net zero” energy use with a modest array of solar panels installed. Net Zero means the solar panels generate sufficient surplus clean energy to offset any energy the home uses from the power grid. The home’s surplus energy then goes back into the power grid and offsets any energy the home uses from the grid at night and on cloudy days.

Michael Trolle, a co-founder and co-owner of BPC Green Builders, said, “The DOE Housing Innovation Award is one of the most important awards given to green home builders. The award-winning projects demonstrate to the building industry what can be built using existing technology, materials, and methods. They further show that well-built, high-performance, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible homes don’t cost more to own than conventionally built new homes; they actually cost less.”

Chris Trolle, BPC Green Builders co-founder and co-owner, added, “Housing Innovation award winners are pushing the envelope and redefining the meaning of what a well-built home is.”

For more info, visit bpcgreenbuilders.com.