Ridgeview Construction Honored at 2014 Cornerstone Awards
MANCHESTER- The Annual Cornerstone Awards was recently held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, N.H. The Cornerstone Awards are produced by the New Hampshire Home Builders Association Sales & Marketing Council and are presented yearly to recognize excellence in all areas of the building industry including design, remodeling, new construction, landscaping and special features. Ridgeview Construction was one of the companies honored at the ceremony, receiving three awards for their commitment to sustainable construction.
Ridgeview was a Gold Winner for the Modern Lake Home category, which highlighted the best complete teardown and build of a modern lakefront home and Historical Farmhouse Modernization, which focuses on the updating and modernizing of a historical farm. Ridgeview was also given the Silver Winner award in the net-zero Home category.
Ridgeview applies sustainable building design, construction and materials to each project; whether it is a renovation or a new build. As a company, Ridgeview reflects its character in the homes they build, the communities they build in and the way they do business.
Shane Carter, Ridgeview’s President, is proud of the recent recognition. “We are so happy and honored to receive three awards this year,” he said. “The Cornerstone awards are meaningful because they are peer judged anonymously. We are so grateful to our amazing customers that choose us to partner with them on their sustainable home building process.”
Ridgeview’s commitment to excellence in all facets of construction, from blueprints to the final coat of paint, helped the company receive the award nominations. Located in Deerfield, N.H., Carter and his team have expanded their business throughout the New England region. Ridegeview recently completed work on pre-fabricated, net-zero home in Salisbury, Mass. for Boston magazine’s tenth annual Design Home special issue as the project’s featured general contractor. The home was built to showcase the sustainability and aesthetic appeal, without cutting corners, of pre-fabricated homes.
Ridgeview is also working on the Squam River Landing project, a sustainable community in Ashland.
“That’s a great community and we’re really proud to be a preferred builder on that project,” said Carter.
According to Carter, working with a like-minded crew to complete a home from start to finish breeds a sense of accountability. For the Squam River Landing project, Carter is excited by the team that came together to develop the site, especially Barry Gaw, the founding member of Sippican Partners, LLC and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP.
“We collaborate on the same frequency as far as I’m concerned,” said Carter of Gaw. “He’s great and really knows his stuff that way.”
All homes at Squam River Landing will be built Energy Star compliant and LEED and National Association of Home Builders Green eligible. Each home will feature appliances that conserve water and energy use. The homes are designed to be affordable as other, expensive lakefront builds, many secondary homes for wealthy buyers, have priced-out large portions of the local community.
Building sustainably and educating communities is one of the reasons Ridgeview joined the Portsmouth-based Green Alliance as a Business Partner. The Green Alliance is a union of businesses and community members that strives to grow the green community throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.
2013 Business Excellence Winner: Shane Carter, Ridgeview Construction
Ridgeview is committed to building custom homes that are as beautiful and affordable as they are minimally impactful on the environment.
Shane Carter was a 2013 winner in the category of Excellence in Construction.
PHOTO BY JODIE ANDRUSKEVICH
Shane Carter is not only the president of Ridgeview Construction in Deerfield. He’s also an environmentalist whose commitment to minimizing his environmental footprint informs the way he runs his construction business.
Ridgeview is committed to building custom homes that are as beautiful and affordable as they are minimally impactful on the environment.
Shane has dual degrees in forestry and wildlife biology, which helps him to appreciate the beauty of the natural world that we all live in.
In fact, the Deerfield company just built its first-ever net-zero home in New Boston. The company’s commitment to going green has not gone unnoticed.
Ridgeview has won several Cornerstone Awards from the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire for its state-of-the-art homes, which are built using as many sustainable, local materials as possible.
As for his seven employees, Shane understands the importance of work-life balance.
In fact, Shane has been known to give employees a bonus if they take their full vacation without checking into work.
As his nominator wrote, “Shane looks for ways to build and maintain engaged, productive employees who serve our customers, our communities and our organization.”
Shane is also dedicated to giving back to his community, both in his personal and professional lives. He and the Ridgeview team regularly work with Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity to help construct new Habitat homes. Several have even achieved EnergyStar certification.
On top of that, Shane also volunteers at several local nonprofits, including The Way Home in Manchester, Girls Inc. and Bikes for Books.
2012 Cornerstone Awards
Ridgeview Construction Wins Three Cornerstone Awards in 2012
When your company wins an award for anything you always know it’s a gratifying experience and a time to take a breath and know that you are doing things with an edge above others in your industry. Over the last 8 years Ridgeview Construction has had a storybook tale of continued growth to their business model during some of the most difficult years that the building industry has seen. 2012 has been no exception for accolades that Ridgeview Construction has come to know.
The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of New Hampshire (HBRANH) presented their Cornerstone Awards to recognize excellence in all areas of the building industry including design, remodeling, new construction, all the way to landscaping and projects that deserve special attention.
This is the 3rd year of Ridgeview Construction has received an award from the committee but this is the first year that it has received multiple awards for work in both its New Construction as well as the remodeling category. The awards won by Ridgeview fell into three different categories: Specialty Outbuilding, Green New Construction, and New Residential Construction for a home valued over $1,000,000.
“We are fortunate that our business attracts clients that have the ability to see the value in building a home that is energy efficient by using our innovative methods” Stated Matt Silva, Sales and Marketing Manager for Ridgeview. “It has become less about just green building and more about using intelligent methods for building something that fits how you want to live in your home or eventually keep it competitive if you plan to sell it someday” explains Silva.
One example of how Ridgeview incorporates green materials into their projects is in their use of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS), used in the building of the $1 million home that won a Cornerstone Award. SIPS help increase energy efficiency, increase architectural creativity, and reduce job site waste. While building with this method is less of their normal approach it’s these skills that keeps Ridgeview on the leading edge of innovation in the home building market.
Consumers can receive tax breaks for building green homes or renovating what they already have. In all homes that won a Cornerstone Award, the owners installed a geothermal system, which can provide a quick rate of return on investment, with the government giving 30% back on the homeowner’s geothermal investment, according to Silva.
Ridgeview’s most popular service remains its new home building and remodeling businesses, and their mantra for staying afloat during this tough economy remains, in the words of Silva, that “going green is good business. It is a very easy choice to use our services because of the saved costs over the lifetime of the home.”
Ridgeview Wins at the 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards
Ridgeview Construction Wins at the 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards along with many other members of the Green Alliance.
Green Alliance businesses win at 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards
Congratulations to the four Green Alliance Business Partners who were among the Granite State builders, architects, and homeowners named winners at the 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards.
The announcements were made today at an awards breakfast held at the Residence Inn/Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, also a Green Alliance Business Partner, not to mention New Hampshire’s first LEED-certified hotel and conference facility.
Winning entries were selected in recognition of their work to build, remodel, or retrofit an energy-efficient, high-performance residence or commercial building. The award-winning projects were all designed and built to minimize their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Energy Star, LEED, ReGreen, and National Green Building Standard certified projects were all granted equal consideration.
“The winners of the 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards are the people to watch,” said Kathy Poggi, principal of Seacoast Ink and producer of the awards program. “They’re the ones who are producing some of the most innovative, sustainable building and remodeling projects in the Granite State.”
Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown was also on hand at the event to cheer on our Business Partners and meet new friends.
“It was really exciting being in a room full of innovators,” said Brown. “These are the companies who are succeeding because they understand peoples’ desire to save energy and build high quality, sustainable buildings that stand the test of time.”
Regeneration Park, the brain child of Green Alliance Business Partners Simply Green and TMS Architects, was one of just two projects selected for the commercial remodel and retrofits award, in recognition of its conversion of the former Edwards Toyota retail automotive showroom on Lafayette Road in Portsmouth into a sustainable, multi-use green office and retail building.
Two Green Alliance Business Partners also took home awards in the residential home building category: Ridgeview Construction and Ultra Geothermal.
On top of all that, the 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards were sponsored in part by Green Alliance Business Partner Revision Energy!
“I was really proud to see six Green Alliance business involved in this event,” said a beaming Brown.
Cornerstone Award 2009
Deerfield Business Wins Cornerstone Award
In less than a decade, builder Shane Carter and his team at Ridgeview Construction have made their home-construction business one of the greenest and most sustainable anywhere in New England. So it wasn’t a surprise when Ridgeview was recently awarded the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire’s Cornerstone “Gold” medal for new and custom homes in the $450 to $600K price range. The annual prize, while certainly not expected, did not come as a total shock: Ridgeview is booked solid. For Carter, such success amidst tough economic times provides vindication for Ridgeview’s unique and progressive business model.
“I think our success and appeal has a lot to do on the one hand with the green, sustainable niche in which we operate,” says Carter. “But primary to that is the fact that we just do quality work period, regardless of materials, not to mention the high level of customer satisfaction. So really it’s all of these things in tandem.”
Located in Deerfield, New Hampshire, Ridgeview applies sustainable building design, construction and materials to each and every project. From planning, preparing and positioning the home to utilize maximum solar gain, through construction and clean energy solutions, all the way to kitchen remodeling and putting the final coat of paint on the bedroom walls; Ridgeview offers customizable, sustainable options for literally every aspect of the home-building process.
Nearly all of Ridgeview’s materials are either recycled or sourced from within 500 miles of their NH headquarters, and they partner with other sustainability minded business to provide the highest quality homes possible – both in their outward appearance as well as in their sheer, cost-effective and sustainable functionality.
While most big-ticket construction companies operate according to a philosophy of “more, cheaper, faster”, Carter goes to great lengths to emphasize the idea that, sometimes, paying a little more up front for quality and performance means saving more down the road. “Building and buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make,” explains Carter. “And we want to build something that you and yours can live in and be proud of for a long time.”
While Carter and his crew won the Cornerstone award in the “New and Custom” homes category, Ridgeview could just as easily have won for the “High-Quality and Green” category: all timber used for the frame was recycled from previous buildings; the wood used in the tongue-grooved ceilings was harvested and milled in New Hampshire; the flooring was recycled using laminate layers of plywood with a top veneer of re-used quality cherry; not to mention a state-of-the art geothermal system with an on-demand water heater.
Carter’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond the building process and into every crevice of Ridgeview’s business practices. All of their fleet vehicles use biodiesel provided by Simply Green in Portsmouth, and even Carter’s home office utilizes the best in quality CFL and LED lighting, and soy-based ink-cartridges and recycled paper for all the companies printed materials. Carter also recently completed a carbon footprint assessment at terrapass.com, earning a white ribbon (the best possible score), an indication that his company’s emissions are far below the norm for a company of Ridgeview’s size.
When not tending to his ever-growing business, Carter maintains a high community profile, serving on the board of the NH branch of the US Green Building Council, and the National Association of Home Builders Certification Program and the Green Building subcommittee for the city of Manchester. Carter also donates a portion of his company’s profits to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, as well as to a local arts association. He and his team regularly attend conferences and seminars on green building and sustainability issues, assuring that Ridgeview is prepared to leverage the newest in green building products and technologies and apply it on the ground here in New Hampshire.