Denver-Based Thrive Home Builders Recognized by US Department of Energy & US Environmental Protection Agency for Forward-Thinking Homebuilding Practices


DENVER—Sept. 28, 2022—Thrive Home Builders (Thrive) continues to demonstrate its commitment to advance high performance building in Colorado and across the nation and was recognized with two national awards for its efforts at the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) High Performance Home Building Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona. Thrive was the award recipient of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award, along with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) award.

The DOE announced Thrive as the Grand Award winner of its 2022 Housing Innovation Awards in the home production category for Thrive’s Panacea home, which is in Denver’s Central Park neighborhood. This award represents the highest honor builders can receive for constructing Zero Energy Ready Homes. The DOE recognizes builders and homes that are often 40 to 50 percent more energy efficient than typical new homes, allowing homeowners to save money and offset most or all the energy the homes consume with a renewable energy system.

“Thanks to the leadership and entrepreneurial spirit of these dedicated builders who have worked for years with DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes program, more than 10,000 of these homes have been built, bringing cleaner, healthier, more durable and more sustainable dwellings to communities across the country,” said EERE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Carolyn Snyder.

At this year’s EEBA conference, Thrive was also the recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2022 Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards. These annual awards recognize market-leading organizations who champion safer, healthier and more comfortable indoor environments through participation in and promotion of the Indoor airPLUS program, offering enhanced indoor air quality protections to homebuyers. Thrive has built more Indoor airPLUS qualified homes than any other builder in Colorado.

Indoor airPLUS is a voluntary partnership and labeling program that helps meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality, making them healthier by design. Indoor airPLUS labeled homes can also help reduce the likelihood of common and serious health problems such as disease transmission, heart disease, cancer, asthma, allergies, respiratory issues and headaches. The design approaches used to build healthier homes include healthier building materials, radon resistance, improved heating, better ventilating and advanced air-conditioning systems.

“EPA congratulates the 2022 Indoor airPLUS Leaders for their efforts to build and promote American homes designed to provide occupants with healthier indoor air,” said Joseph Goffman, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Now more than ever, people understand the importance of healthier indoor air quality. These market-leading home builders and raters help American homebuyers protect their families with healthier homes across the spectrum of new housing stock.”

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Thrive Home Builders is a Denver-based company that has been building energy-efficient and healthy homes in Colorado for the last 30 years. Its building practices have made them a leader in the industry for high performance homes that have provided homeownership for entry-level, income-qualified homeowners to luxury homebuyers. Thrive homes use innovative building practices that incorporate the highest standards of energy efficiency and sustainability with the homeowner’s health in mind. Thrive’s Zero Energy Ready Homes are LEED Certified, Energy Star Certified, EPA Indoor airPLUS qualified.

Image: Interior of a Panacea home in Denver’s Central Park neighborhood.

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