2016 Vermont’s Greenest Building Award Winner – Commercial | Hartford Town Hall | BreadLoaf Corporation

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2017 Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards Competition is now open for submissions!

Submissions are due on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:00pm EST

Please visit our 2017 Awards Competition page for submission materials and more information!

The Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards, hosted by the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN), raise awareness of the achievements being made in Vermont’s leading buildings. This enables us to educate the broader market about what is possible to achieve environmentally beneficial design, construction and operations.

This statewide competition recognizes exemplary residential and commercial buildings that meet the highest standard of demonstrated energy performance. 2017 awards will be judged on an expanded definition of “green” building, including the consideration of energy, water, health, transportation, size of residence and affordability. Winners of the awards are announced at VGBN’s annual Vermont Green Building Gala, where projects are showcased as inspirational, model green buildings in Vermont.

“Last year’s greenest building used about 90% less energy than the regional average for commercial buildings and 80% less than average for residential. It is truly inspiring to see these great examples of low energy intensity buildings in a cold climate like Vermont. The diversity of award winners help us understand what is achievable in reducing the consumption while maintaining comfort and creating beautiful spaces” explains VGBN Board of Directors President, Jennifer Chiodo, who helped to develop the awards.

The Awards:

  • Vermont’s Greenest Building: The overall highest scoring green building in Vermont incorporating low energy and other sustainability features (both non-residential and residential).
  • Vermont’s Greener Building:  Projects demonstrating energy use intensity at least 50% below the regional average energy use for buildings of the same end use and incorporating other sustainability features.
  • Going Green: Projects with energy use intensity at least 25% below the regional average energy use for buildings of the same end use and incorporating other sustainability features.
  • People’s Choice Award: Selected by attendees of the Annual Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards Gala 
  • Net Zero Award

Award Categories:

  • RESIDENTIAL: Projects must be located in Vermont. Single family homes less than 5,000 square feet or multi-family homes having four units or less. Must have at least one year of utility usage data @ 25 kbtu/sf/yr or less.
  • NON-RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL: Project must be located in Vermont and have at least one year of utility usage data using at least 25% less than the regional average for the building type. Any commercial project or multi-family building over 4 units can submit.

Eligibility:

  • Projects must be located in Vermont and have a minimum of one year of recent utility data for a fully occupied and operational building.
  • Submissions must be from a participant involved in the design, construction or ownership/operation of the project.
  • Projects may be submitted for consideration for Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards, Net Zero Recognition, or for both.

Learn more about past award recipients: