NSP Partner Honored by the U.S. Department of Energy

NSP DOE Award PhotoDec. 4, 2013

Mandalay Homes, a partner of the city of Phoenix’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program, was recognized with a prestigious Housing Innovation Award by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Mandalay Homes was honored as the grand winner in the Affordable Homes Builder category of the DOE Challenge Home Builder Awards.

The DOE Challenge Home Builder Awards recognize builders that are changing the way homes are designed and constructed and symbolize excellence in home building. Only a select group of the top builders in the country meet the extraordinary levels of excellence and quality specified by Energy Department guidelines. Mandalay Homes was selected as a grand winner among the four Affordable Home Builder awardees. The DOE features Mandalay Homes in a detailed case study that highlights the project’s accomplishments, which can be viewed online.

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program, along with its partners, have transformed abandoned, vacant or foreclosed houses into energy-efficient homes, supporting livable and sustainable residential neighborhoods. Last November, Mandalay Homes and the city acquired a defaulted and partially developed subdivision in the South Mountain community near 16th and Apollo streets. Working together, they completed the subdivision, now named Gordon Estates, and built 14 environmentally friendly, energy-efficient homes.

The Gordon Estates subdivision has met the Gold performance rating in green design under the National Green Building Standards, which is the foremost green-rating system for residential construction in the country.  In addition to its Gold certification, homes in the Gordon Estates subdivision are the first NSP homes in the United States to achieve the following green certifications and efficiency standards: EPA WaterSense, EPA Indoor airPLUS, IECCC 2012 and ENERGY STAR v3.

Outstanding performance of the homes includes an estimated monthly energy bill of less than $50, improved water efficiency of more than 60 percent compared to the average Phoenix home, implementation of renewables, a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index of 38, which is more than 60 percent better than current energy code, a Walk Score of 46 and energy monitoring.

In addition to this Housing Innovation award, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program received the first-place Crescordia award in the Sustainable Communities category at this year’s Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Awards.

Since 2009, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program has helped 511 families accomplish homeownership, eliminated 102 blighted structures, brought 320 foreclosed vacant homes back into productive use and provided homebuyer education to more than 2,150 buyers.

For more information about the program, call 602-262-6602 or visit phoenix.gov/nsphome.

Media Contact: Stephanie Ribodal Romero, 602-261-8512