The Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) recognized the most energy efficient buildings in Vermont at the Vermont Green Building Gala, held at Main Street Landing on March 31, 2016. VGBN’s Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards are a statewide competition that honors residential and commercial buildings that meet the highest standard of demonstrated building energy performance.
The 2015 Vermont’s Greenest Residential Building was awarded to Whitchurch Passive House Cottage, which also received a Net Zero Energy Award. The home is fossil fuel free and a small solar photovoltaic system generates more energy than is consumed by the house on an annual basis. Team members Greg Whitchurch of Concept Engineering and Chris Miksic of Montpelier Construction accepted the award. This inspiring home won with a proven annual energy intensity of 8.6 kBtu/sf/yr. This home consumes only 17% of the average consumption of a New England home (50 kBtu/sf/yr). The Whitchurch Passive House Cottage combines the traditional appeal of a timberframe with cutting-edge energy efficiency and sustainability strategies using the stringent Passive House energy efficiency standard. This project also received the 2015 Best of the Best Award for Innovation in New Residential Construction from VGBN’s partner Efficiency Vermont.
The 2015 Vermont’s Greenest Commercial Building was awarded to Pill – Maharam Architects Office – deep energy retrofit designed by Pill – Maharam Architects. Conner & Buck Design Build Contractors based in Bristol served as the general contractor and construction manager for this beautiful project. This project was also awarded the 2015 People’s Choice Award voted by Gala attendees. Located in Shelburne, Vermont’s historic village, this deep energy retrofit dramatically reduced the building energy use and carbon footprint. The Pill-Maharam office has a proven annual energy intensity of 15.8 kBtu/sf/yr, which is only 15% of the consumption of an average commercial building in New England.
The 2015 Vermont’s Going Green Residential Building award was presented to Vermod High Performance Modular Home. This innovative project works to expand the supply of affordable energy efficient homes, while making them readily available to lower-income homebuyers with a special focus on mobile home replacement customers. The award winning Mushtare high performance modular home was part of Vermod’s initial three-home pilot phase and is based in a mobile home park in Vergennes. With a proven annual energy intensity of 21.2 kBtu/sf/yr, this is about 42% of what a typical residential building consumes (50 kBtu/sf/yr). A 6kw PV array complements this home’s high performance envelope and enables the home to generate as much energy as it consumes over the course of the year. Over 30 Vermod homes have been delivered to date; in addition to proven energy savings, these affordable homes provide quality indoor environments that support occupant health.
The 2015 Vermont’s Going Green Commercial Building award was presented to Jeff Stetter AIA of Gossens Bachman Architects (gbA) for the Vermont State Employees Credit Union – Waterbury Branch project. With a proven annual energy intensify of 46.8 kBtu/sf/yr. gbA’s Vermont State Employees Credit Union – St. Johnsbury Branch received an Honorable Mention, with a proven annual energy intensity of 50.5 kBtu/s/yr. Starting in 2009, the Vermont State Employees Credit Union embarked on a campaign to improve the environmental performance of their building portfolio.
ReArch Company’s 124 Technology Park Way received an Honorable Mention with a proven annual energy intensity of 52.4 kBtu/sf/yr. This sophisticated, LEED Gold certified building was designed by S2 Architecture and has beautiful views of Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump. The building has a solar photovoltaic system that generates over 40% of the building’s annual consumption. By using highly efficient mechanical systems, recycled construction materials, and an advanced storm water runoff system, 124 Technology Park Way employs a variety of green building techniques.