Previous Green Building Commission Award Winners

Green Building Excellence Award Winners

The Green Building Commission is excited to announce the 2014 Green Building Excellence Award has been awarded to Chris Gleba and Kris Erikson, for their residence at 48 Epping Street.

Project Architect & Builder

Gray Epping Street house with white trim completed

Project Overview


Chris and his wife Kris have been slowly renovating their Epping Street home room by room for over 10 years. Throughout this renovation process they have rewired the house, fixed the plumbing, and made energy efficiency improvements such as installing a high efficiency natural gas boiler, radiant in-floor heating, and upgrading the interior finishes of the kitchen and baths.
Epping street house project during construction process
The house, originally built in 1895, had a full unfinished basement with a fieldstone foundation built directly on top of granite ledge. While having the signature quaint New England look, the house was extremely inefficient with heat costing the family thousands each winter. The homeowners researched efficiency programs that were available to them and sought the help of a professional architect. Once the team got together, they began working on further improvements to the Epping Street property.

Green Certification Programs

LEED Program
The project did not qualify for certification under the LEED for Homes program guidelines because it was neither new construction nor gut rehab. The project objectives respect the integrated design principles outlined through the LEED design process and that included following the Durability Guidelines outlined in LEED for Homes Project Checklist.

Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program
The owners were able to use National Grid's Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) Pilot Program. National Grid established the DER pilot program to aggressively provide incentives to lower the energy demand of single and multi-family residences.

The program's primary objective is to improve energy performance (at least 50% better energy performance than code built or Federal Energy Yardstick homes), it also combines financial incentives with integrated design and technical support to also improve indoor air quality, durability, and overall occupant comfort. Find more information about National Grid's energy programs.

Review a full write up about the Epping Street Project (PDF).