The award-winning Keowee, built by Addison Homes

Greenville, South Carolina – Addison Homes, a South Carolina home builder which specializes in building healthy, high-performance homes that emphasize increased comfort and durability, better indoor air quality, and ultra energy efficiency has received a Pinnacle Award from the Home Builders Association of South Carolina for Green Building — Best Overall. The Pinnacle Awards “recognize the craftsmanship of the best home builders and remodelers in the Palmetto State” and are given in five categories including new home construction and energy efficiency.

Todd Usher, President, Addison Homes

The winning Addison home was the Keowee, which features exceptional indoor air quality, water and energy efficiency, and uses a solar photovoltaic shingle system to generate renewable energy to offset a significant portion of the electrical use of the home, achieving an astounding HERS score of 28 for efficiency. High performance highlights of the home included:

• A completely encapsulated and conditioned crawl space providing conditioned space for the HVAC system and ductwork
• An Internet-connected smart thermostat that incorporated monitoring of interior and exterior conditions including indoor air quality
• High performance windows utilizing triple pane glass including two layers of low-e coating
• Passive solar design embraced with glazing used on the southern exposure of the building
• Skylights and sun tunnels integrated into the building envelope to maximize natural daylighting and minimize the need for artificial lighting during daytime hours
• Extensive envelope air sealing, which reduced air infiltration while minimizing intrusion of pests, dust and exterior allergens
• And continuous exterior insulation, minimizing thermal bridging through the exterior walls of the home and its foundation

“I am very grateful that Addison Homes has been recognized by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina,” said Todd Usher, founder and President of Addison Homes. “I’ve been a proud member of the HBASC for eighteen years and to be acknowledged by my peers in the home building industry in South Carolina is an honor. All of us at Addison Homes recognize that achieving excellent energy efficiency and high performance in the climate of South Carolina is a true challenge — and it is a challenge that we have accepted and relish every day we are on the job.”

Addison Homes builds healthy, high-performance homes which feature increased comfort and durability, better indoor air quality, greater energy efficiency, resilience to natural disasters, and sustainable materials. Headquartered in Greenville, SC, Addison homes are constructed to meet stringent national standards that exceed current building codes and emphasize thoughtful design and sustainability features that deliver lower operating costs, reduced maintenance, and natural daylight in open, integrated spaces. Each home is built to US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home standards. Learn more about Addison Homes at Connect with Todd Usher at

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