Original Article by Thrive Home Builders

DENVER — May 7, 2024—Today, Thrive Home Builders (Thrive) is pleased to announce that it will be among the first builders in the country to offer production homes that earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR NextGen certification. Launched today, the new certification is a voluntary, leading-edge program that will increase national energy and emissions savings by accelerating the adoption of advanced, energy-efficient technologies in newly constructed homes and apartments.

Thrive has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2003 and has built more than 2,100 ENERGY STAR certified homes, helping to eliminate 2,917 metric tons of greenhouse gas, equivalent to the emissions from 695 gas-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year. By participating in EPA’s new ENERGY STAR NextGen certification, Thrive will continue to build on this history of success.

“Thrive Home Builders has designed and built Energy Star homes for the last 20 years, and we are excited to continue this partnership by building homes certified in the new ENERGY STAR NextGen program,” said Bill Rectanus, Chief Operating Officer at Thrive. “This program and its focus on efficient, all-electric home technologies aligns with our commitment to above code building practices to bring the highest levels of energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality, and durability to our homeowners.”

In fact, Thrive has already built 13 homes that meet the new ENERGY STAR NextGen certification guidelines in Denver’s historic Loretto Heights community. The development itself will eventually be the home of more than 300 rowhome, townhome, and single-family ENERGY STAR NextGen homes. Thrive’s E-PWR Frequency Collection at Lyric in Lone Tree, Colorado, also will feature 54 ENERGY STAR NextGen homes.