CENTENNIAL | Brookfield Residential of Colorado was recently honored with an international award recognizing energy-efficiency practices in construction of homes in the Denver metro area.

It marks the second straight year that Brookfield has won the Cross Border Challenge Award from Residential Energy Services Network, which describes the award as “a friendly competition between American and Canadian home builders to determine just how energy efficient builders can build.”

Brookfield won in the “Production Builder” category. The competition is based on the company’s lowest HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score, which is an index measurement that compares the “target” home to one that would have satisfied 2006 IECC energy/building code. That 2006 home is considered “average” at 100. Like golf, a lower score is better; Brookfield won with a score of 42, meaning the Brookfield home used only 42 percent as much energy as the 2004 home.

“We make it our business to meet our customers’ demands, and we have been hearing for years that people want well insulated homes, with high U-factor windows, Energy Star appliances, and more,” said Richard Dengler, president of Brookfield Residential in Colorado. “This attention to energy efficiency has become a standard part of our building practice.”

Brookfield’s Canada division also won the Cross Border Challenge Award in Canada, for the same category, with a HERS score of 34.

Brookfield Residential offers homes in Midtown (Denver), Solterra (Lakewood), Brighton Crossings, Barefoot Lakes (Firestone) and Tallyn’s Reach (Aurora). Brookfield’s first model homes in Sterling Ranch are due to open in June to the public.