The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Housing Innovation Awards recognize the very best in innovation on the path to Zero Energy Ready Homes. Housing Innovation Award winners are selected by an esteemed panel of judges selected by the Zero Energy Ready Home Program for their expertise in the high-performance building industry. Winners are selected based on their applications overall score, and Grand Winners will be chosen from each award category. Grand Award Winners will be announced at the 2023 Housing Innovation Awards ceremony, to be held at the EEBA High Performance Home Summit, October 10-12, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

See the 2023 Housing Innovation Awards Scoring Rubric

Winners receive the following:

  • Recognition at the Housing Innovation Awards ceremony.
  • HIA winner plaque for all winners and a crystal trophy for grand winners presented at the award ceremony.
  • A poster of your winning home displayed throughout the EEBA conference the highlights images of the home, performance features, testimonials, and innovative technologies that make the home special. You will also receive a digital copy. 
  • Professional photographs of you or your company representative receiving the award from DOE.
  • Recognition in a DOE press alert informing national media about the Housing Innovation Awards.
  • Pre-approved messaging from DOE for use local press releases and media.
  • A page featuring your award-winning home on the DOE Tour of Zero.
  • Special recognition on the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner Locator.

How to Apply

Applications for the Housing Innovation Awards are all done via the Housing Innovation Awards Application Portal. First time users will have to create an account. If you have used this portal for previous Housing Innovation Award applications, your existing login information should remain the same. Applicants should make sure to submit fully completed applications in order to be eligible. The application submission deadline is June 15th, 2023 at 5pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted. If you have any questions or are having issues with the portal, please contact us at 

For more information on the awards and application process, see our 2023 Housing Innovation Awards informational webinar.