Thrive wins DOE award


Thrive Home Builders wins DOE award.

Thrive has won the award for four straight years.

The builder was lauded for its RidgeGate Rowhomes.


Thrive won a DOE award for these rowhomes in RidgeGate.

Denver-based Thrive Home Builders, for the fourth consecutive year, has landed an award from a federal agency for building sustainable and healthy homes.

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Thrive as a Grand Winner of one of its 2016 Housing Innovation awards.

Thrive won in the Multi-Family Homes category for its new urbanist RidgeGate development in Lone Tree.

Nationwide, only six Grand Winners were chosen in five categories for Zero Energy Ready Homes.

The DOE launched its Housing Innovation Awards in 2013. Thrive has been recognized every year since the awards’ inception.

“Thrive Home Builders and its fellow winners are leading a major housing industry transformation that improves the way Americans live by substantially reducing or eliminating utility bills, ensuring engineered comfort way beyond traditional homes, protecting health with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality measures, and helping owners maximize the largest investment of their lifetime,” said Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect at the DOE’s Building Technologies Office.

The RidgeGate Rowhomes are Zero Energy Ready.

They are built  using exterior double 2×4 walls. The 9.5-inch exterior walls provides homeowners with additional money-saving insulation.

For example, they raise truss heel heights to 14 inches, maximizing insulation depths. That, in turn, improves the overall energy efficiency of the home.


The award-winning Thrive units are not only energy-efficient, but stylish, as this kitchen shows.

The units also include solar energy panels. In addition, the development is Indoor airPLUS certified by the Environmental Protection Agency, providing owners with a healthier interior environment.

“To be recognized four years in a row confirms our team’s creativity and commitment to building homes of exceptional performance,” said Gene Myers, CEO of Thrive .

“We accepted the award, but our customers benefit,” Myers said.

“It assures them that they are buying an exceptionally finished, well-built and healthy home that is also on the leading edge of innovation in energy efficiency,” he said.

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