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Design & Build Forest Stewardship Council Leadership Award, 2020

CR was granted this award for the Projects at Mill Creek due to our commitment to responsible forest management and utilizing more than 50% FSC-certified materials for wood products in the four homes.

5 USDA Mutual Self-Help Technical Assistance grants, 2010-2019

In the last ten years, CR has qualified for financial assistance from USDA Rural Development to aid very low- and low-income individuals and their families to build homes in rural areas by the self-help method.

Zero Energy Certification – International Living Future Institute, 2019

Zero Energy buildings have best in class energy efficiency improvements of 60-90% over baseline, providing the homeowner with freedom from fossil fuels and lending to a more climate resilient community. Click on the link to see a CR home displayed as one of the International Living Future Institute's case studies of a Zero Energy building!

Energy Star Version 3 – Energy Wise Consultants, 2018

A CR home was tested with a HERS index rating of 51, which is 17.6% better than 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, thanks to our thick straw bale walls!

Utah Housing Matters Agency of the Year Award – Utah Housing Coalition, 2012

CR was awarded Agency of the Year at the 2012 Utah Housing Matters conference.

Champion of Change – The Obama Administration, 2012

Our founder, Emily Niehaus, received national recognition as a “Champion for Change” from the Obama administration during a ceremony at the White House.


Thanks to support from Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky customers and Synergy Power, the Community Rebuilds Bunkhouse now has a 16.575 kilowatt solar array, generating 26,126 kilowatt-hours of energy annually. 


Community Rebuilds joins more than 159 organizations across Rocky Mountain Power’s service area that, since 2006, have received awards for community-based renewable projects, including solar, wind, geothermal and other forms of renewable energy. This project is one of a dozen selected this year through an evaluation process.


We are thrilled to be selected for this award and grateful to Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program which made it possible. This solar project is not only a win for the environment but for the local community, too. By generating our own electricity, we can save on energy costs and dedicate more of our budget to our mission of building energy-efficient housing, providing education on sustainability, and improving the housing conditions of the local workforce through an affordable program.


Community Rebuild's solar panels were installed in Summer 2020 and you can view our monitoring display and the performance of our solar panels at our public viewing link below.


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