Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards Competition is Now Open for Submissions

Mills 21st Century Farmhouse | ART Architects | 2016 Vermont’s Greener Award – Residential

Vermont Green Building Network’s (VGBN) sixth annual Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards Competition is now open for submissions. This statewide competition recognizes residential and commercial buildings that meet the highest standard of demonstrated building 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.

The awards were designed to recognize buildings that have achieved high levels of energy performance and environmentally beneficial design, construction and operations. These buildings set a new standard for environmentally responsible building in Vermont, raising awareness of the achievements being made in the State’s leading buildings.

Submissions are due on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:00pm EST. Award winners will be announced at the Vermont Green Building Gala on March 29, 2018 at Main Street Landing in Burlington. Winning projects will be showcased as inspirational, model green buildings in Vermont.

For more information and application materials, please visit:

By |January 18th, 2018|Vermont's Greenest Awards Competition|0 Comments

Burlington 2030 District Created to Address Climate Change

Leading Burlington businesses and institutions have committed over 3.6 million square feet to participate in the Burlington 2030 District, a private-public partnership working to reduce building energy consumption, water use and transportation emissions 50% by 2030. By establishing the economic case for the necessary reductions, the District helps property owners increase asset value, reduce operating costs, and create a healthier community.

Burlington is the 17th city to join a national network of 2030 Districts including Seattle, San Francisco, Pittsburg, Ithaca and Cleveland. In April 2017, local non-profit Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) became the non-profit sponsor organization of the newly established Burlington 2030 District. “VGBN sees the Burlington 2030 District as an important tool in the achievement of VGBN’s mission,” states Jenna Antonino DiMare, VGBN Executive Director. “We are excited to support this new initiative in Vermont and are committed to extending the lessons learned and benefits beyond Burlington as momentum grows.”

The Burlington 2030 District initiative has strong support from both the private and public sectors, including the City of Burlington’s municipal electric utility, Burlington Electric Department (BED), as well as Vermont Gas.

“Burlington Electric Department’s 2017-2018 Strategic Plan includes a ten-year vision to transition Burlington to a ‘net-Zero energy city’ across electric, thermal and transportation sectors by reducing demand, realizing efficiency gains, and expanding local renewable generation, while increasing system resilience,” states Chris Burns, Director of Energy Services at BED. “The 2030 District program is uniquely designed to help BED with this vision.”

Burlington 2030 District map

The District was spearheaded by a highly dedicated Steering Committee, which include several local architects, City of Burlington employees, property owners, community and professional stakeholders, and representatives from the University of Vermont. Some of the first property owners/managers to participate in the program include City Place Burlington, Champlain College, Burlington School District, Farrell Real Estate, Nick and Morrissey, and Main Street Landing.

“Main Street Landing prides itself for the work we have done over the years to help preserve our planet – being a part of the Burlington 2030 District puts our hearts and more importantly our actions right where they need to be – living our values,” Main Street Landing’s CEO Melinda Moulton states. “It is a terrific program and we all benefit at the end of the day.”

The Burlington 2030 District project is open to all businesses in the City of Burlington, and intends to offer a residential program within three years. The District provides a framework to advance, inspire and unify climate change efforts, and the Vermont Green Building Network is pleased to support this important initiative.

To learn more about the Burlington 2030 District, please visit:

By |November 29th, 2017|VGBN News|0 Comments

VGBN Joins Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition

Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) was delighted to attend last week’s Vermont Energy and Climate Summit, and is pleased to announce that it has joined the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition.

The Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition is a group of organizations from across the state committed to meeting Vermont’s energy and climate goals. To learn more, please visit:

By |November 15th, 2017|VGBN News|0 Comments

USGBC Feature on Burlington’s Energy Efficiency Efforts

Vermont Green Building Network’s Executive Director, Jenna Antonino DiMare, was interviewed for this U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) feature article about Burlington’s energy efficiency efforts.

To read the article, please visit:

By |November 1st, 2017|VGBN News|0 Comments

VGBN Recognizes 2016 Vermont’s Greenest Buildings

2016 Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards: Residential – Dinnan/Webster Resident (left) and Commercial – Hartford Town Call (right)

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 30, 2017.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 2016 Vermont’s Greenest Residential Building was awarded to the Dinnan/Webster Residence designed and built by Fiddlehead Construction. This new single-family residence on the south slope of Mt. Philo in Charlotte reused a previously developed lot. The home was designed to be net-zero energy ready (this means it can meet all of its annual energy needs with renewable energy). This inspiring home won with a proven annual energy intensity of eight kBtu/sf/yr. This home consumes only 16% of the average consumption of a New England home (50 kBtu/sf/yr). Fiddlehead Construction used natural, durable materials for the home to increase longevity including salvaged sinks, boneyard slate and local maple counters. The home is an all electric home with a supplemental woodstove for heat and ambiance.

The 2016 Vermont’s Greenest Commercial Building was awarded to Hartford Town Hall designed and built by Bread Loaf Corporation. The Hartford Town Hall, originally built as a school in 1895, was converted to Town Office in 1956. After years of deferred maintenance and minor remodeling efforts, the Town selected Bread Loaf Corporation to provide design and construction services for complete renovation of the existing facility. This net-zero ready building is consuming only 24% of the energy used by the average commercial building in New England (86 kBtu/sf/yr). The Hartford Town Hall is using only 21 kBtu/sf/yr.

The 2016 Vermont’s Greener Residential Building award was presented to Mills 21st Century Farmhouse designed by Albert, Righter & Tittmann (ART) Architects from Boston, Massachusetts. This super insulated, passive solar Greek revival farmhouse won with a proven annual energy intensity of 13.76 kBtu/sf/yr. This home consumes only 27% of the average consumption of a New England home (50 kBtu/sf/yr). Coupled with a 5.8 kW array from SunCommon, this south facing home is close to net zero.

The 2016 Vermont’s Going Green Residential Building was awarded to Pleasants Home designed and built by VERMOD. This high performance modular home uses about 44% of the average consumption of a New England home (50 kBtu/sf/yr). All construction for this project occurred under factory-controlled conditions and included great attention to air sealing details. A six kW PV array complement the high performance envelope to bring the home close to net zero energy usage. This project was also awarded the 2016 People’s Choice Award voted by Gala attendees.

The 2016 Going Green Commercial Building awards were given to Middlebury College’s 3 South Street designed by Smith Alvarez Sienkiewtcz (SAS) Architects and Vermont Land Trust Headquarters submitted by Maclay Architects. The mixed-use Middlebury College 3 South Street building involved renovation and restoration of a historic building with extensive consideration for sustainable design. This LEED Platinum project uses about 30% of the average commercial building in New England (86 kBtu/sf/yr). The Vermont Land Trust began working with the Maclay Architects design team to develop a redesign of their headquarters that included preserving the buildings historic character, ensuring occupant health, and promoting energy conservation. This building now uses about 35% of the average commercial building in New England (86 kBtu/sf/yr).

By |April 24th, 2017|Vermont's Greenest Awards Competition|0 Comments