VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – September 30, 2021– Lawson is honored to be recognized as Developer of the Year at the 2021 Viridiant Building Sustainability Awards.

The Viridiant Building Sustainability Conference and Awards recognize leaders in the advancement of sustainable design and high-performance construction with a focus on projects, programs, and initiatives that represent the future of sustainable building. Viridiant partners with builders and developers to create sustainable, affordable, energy-efficient homes, primarily under EarthCraft certification.

In the past 8 years, Lawson has developed or renovated 823 EarthCraft Certified apartment units with an additional 120 currently in development or under construction. The EarthCraft program provides guidance for sustainable green development with low environmental impact. Developers work with EarthCraft Project Managers and Technical Advisors throughout the project to earn certification.

“We’re proud to say we’ve completed or have in our construction pipeline nearly 1,000 EarthCraft certified apartment units, making positive impacts and lowering utility costs for our residents on a large scale.”, said Lawson Chairman, Steve Lawson. “We have a lot of people to thank for this milestone and we’re grateful to everyone who has contributed to these developments.”

About Lawson
At Lawson, we understand that what we do – and how we do it – affects the everyday lives of people we care about. Since 1972, we’ve focused on positively impacting the communities we serve, from team members and residents to investors and business partners. We manage and own nearly 6,000 apartment units and continue to grow with approximately 1,200 units in development. Our business model provides vertical integration of development, construction, property management and asset management, which enables our team of experts to add value at every stage for our partners. When you act with integrity, focus on quality and work to find creative solutions, great things are possible. It’s how we’ve done business at Lawson for over 45 years. For more information, please visit  

About Viridiant
For over 15 years Viridiant has partnered to advance energy efficient buildings across the Southeast and has delivered over 30,000 high performance homes to families, primarily under the EarthCraft certification. Their mission to advance sustainable, affordable and energy efficient construction through education and technical support in 2020 alone resulted in 2,619 certified homes, saving these families over $900,000 collectively in energy bills and eliminating over 2,800 tons of carbon dioxide. These families, and the thousands of families served before them, now have access to more affordable, more livable, and more durable housing in a healthier community. For more information, please visit