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CHP, Town of Blacksburg Recognized for Innovation in Clean Energy


CHP and the Town of Blacksburg were recognized by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) on Sept. 16 for being one of the nation’s “Best of 2015 in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.” As the winner of the IREC 3iAward for “Closing the Divide between Efficiency and Renewables,” CHP’s Grissom Lane Apartments development in Blacksburg, Va. was selected by more than 1,500 online voters. 

The IREC 3iAward recipients were recognized during an awards ceremony at Solar Power International in Anaheim, Ca. IREC 3iAwards were also presented for: State and Local Government Project of the Year, Community Renewables Project of the Year, IREC Accredited Training Provider of the Year, and IREC Certified Trainer of the Year. 

In addition, IREC presented a Lifetime Achievement Award and IREC’s Action Heroes 2015. 

“We are very excited to honor some truly extraordinary individuals,” said IREC President/CEO Jane Weissman. “They are among our nation’s most important energy trailblazers, visionaries, quiet leaders making a very real difference. We’re proud to celebrate their accomplishments and inspire others to build on their successes.” Ken Jurman, IREC board member and chair of the 3iAwards Committee, added, “The work of these award winners is setting new standards—creating solutions to today’s complex renewable energy and energy efficiency challenges—changing communities and our national energy landscape in the process.”

Grissom Lane Apartments is a demonstration model of eco-friendly, affordable, aging-in place-housing for residents aged 55 years and older, developed by CHP in partnership with the Town of Blacksburg.  It is the first EARTHCRAFT Virginia Net-Zero Ready development in the state. Each home produces as much or more energy than it uses, with electricity generated by a net-metered 28kW solar photovoltaic system. High insulation values, extensive air sealing, and mini-split heat pumps help reduce energy demand on the homes.

“It is a true honor to be recognized by IREC for our work on Grissom Lane Apartments, which exemplifies CHP’s long-standing commitment to a better environment through innovative yet responsible development, design, and construction,” said CHP Vice President of Architecture Colin Arnold.

“Blacksburg is a community that highly values sustainability and strives to build the kinds of partnerships that translate that commitment into exemplary implementation projects like the Grissom Lane Neighborhood,” remarked Carol Davis, sustainability manager for the Town of Blacksburg.

Information about IREC’s additional 3iAward recipients may be viewed on the organization’s website at http://www.irecusa.org/2015/09/congratulate-our-2015-3iaward-winners-in-anaheim/.

About the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

IREC is a nationally recognized thought leader, stakeholder coordinator, expert resource and facilitator of regulatory reform. Its work expands consumer access to clean energy; generates information and objective analysis grounded in best practices and standards; and leads national efforts to build a quality- trained clean energy workforce, including a unique credentialing program for training programs and instructors. IREC’s programs and policies benefit consumers, policymakers, utilities, and the clean energy industry. IREC is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on the generosity of donors, sponsors and program funder support.