Annual awards honor prominent projects, developers, and builders in residential sustainability

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – June 20, 2019 – National CORE (National CORE) has been named a Power Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a part of the LEED Homes Awards, an annual honor celebrating residential projects, developers and builders using LEED to improve quality of life for residents, reduce a building’s impact on the environment, and create healthier and more resilient communities. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building rating system. Recipients represent multi-family, single-family, and affordable housing projects and companies that participated in LEED in 2018.

LEED Homes Power Builders are an elite group of developers and builders that have exhibited an outstanding commitment to LEED and the green building movement within the residential sector. Each Power Builder successfully certified 75 percent or more of their homes and residential units in 2018.

“LEED is known for setting the highest standards for the sustainability and performance of buildings, and it plays an even more important role when it’s applied to our personal spaces – our homes,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “We are seeing more and more homeowners and builders make the important decision to pursue LEED, and USGBC is committed to continue building on the success of the residential market.”

The winners of the LEED Homes Awards include multi-family, single-family and affordable housing projects and companies who utilized innovative and effective sustainability methods in residential spaces in 2018.

“National CORE is honored to be designated a LEED Homes Power Builder,” said Steve PonTell, CEO/President. “We have made a commitment as an organization to deliver cost-contained, high-performance developments that create healthy and sustainable communities.”

Earlier this year, National CORE became the first developer to sign the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2030 Commitment. The AIA’s 2030 Commitment provides architects, engineers, developers, and owners with the tools and resources necessary to change how communities design and develop with the goal of combatting the effects of climate change. As a signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment, National CORE is working with their design teams to report energy performance data for their full portfolio of housing communities.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and connect on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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About National CORE

National CORE (National CORE) is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers and builders of high-quality affordable housing. National CORE owns and manages nearly 9,000 affordable, senior and market-rate units in California, Arkansas, Texas, and Florida. During its 25+ year history, National CORE has remained committed to its residents’ quality of life and the affordability of its homes, building communities that promote education, health, and sustainable living. For more information on National CORE, please visit