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VGBN Announces 2016 Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards Competition

 

Burlington, VT – Vermont Green Building Network’s (VGBN) fifth annual Vermont’s Greenest 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.

The awards were designed to recognize buildings that have achieved high levels of energy performance, and have demonstrated their substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficient design, construction and operation. These buildings set a new standard for environmentally responsible building in Vermont.

Submissions are due on Friday, March 10th, 2017. Award winners will be announced at the Vermont Green Building Gala (VGBN Annual Meeting) on March 30, 2017 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 click here

Or contact: Jenna Antonino DiMare, VGBN Executive Director via email (vermontgbn@gmail.com) or telephone (802-735-2192).

By |January 23rd, 2017|Vermont's Greenest Awards Competition, VGBN News|0 Comments

VGBN Recognizes 2015 Vermont’s Greenest Buildings

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.

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Whitchurch PH Cottage | 2015 Vermont’s Greenest Building – Residential

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.

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Pill – Maharam Architects Office – deep energy retrofit | 2015 Vermont’s Greenest Building – Commercial + 2015 People’s Choice Award

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.

By |April 8th, 2016|Vermont's Greenest Awards Competition, VGBN News|0 Comments

VGBN Welcomes New Board Members

The Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) is excited to announce that we recently welcomed two new board members!

HeatherSouthHeather South, LEED AP BD + C has a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Toledo and is the President/Sustainability Consultant at Sustainable Design Specialties, LLC, a LEED Consulting firm. She is also a sales consultant at Kelley Bros, a Door and Hardware Distributor. South will serve as VGBN’s new Board Vice President.

 

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David Harcourt is the owner of vx-it LLC, an IT consulting company based in Hinesburg. Previously, he served as IT manager for Selection Unlimited, a beverage manufacturer based in South Burlington, Vermont for 20 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. Harcourt will serve as VGBN’s new Board Treasurer.

 

VGBN is excited to announce that we recently appointed board member Jennifer Chiodo, the Managing Principal of Cx Associates, as VGBN’s new Board President, and Laura Bailey of Maclay Architects, as VGBN’s new Board Secretary.

To learn more about our Board of Directors and staff, please visit our Staff and Board page here.

By |March 9th, 2016|VGBN News|0 Comments

VGBN Announces 2015 Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards Competition

2014 VT's Greenest Building Award in the Residential Category - Pill-Maharam Architects

2014 VT’s Greenest Building Award in the Residential Category – Pill-Maharam Architects

Burlington, VT – Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) is excited to host the fourth annual Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards Competition. This statewide competition will recognize exemplary residential and commercial buildings that meet the highest standard of demonstrated building energy performance. Winners of the awards will be announced at the Vermont Green Building Gala: VGBN Annual Meeting and Vermont’s Greenest Awards on March 31, 2016 at Main Street Landing in Burlington, where projects will be showcased as inspirational, model green buildings in Vermont.

The awards have been designed to recognize buildings based on proven energy performance, helping to create a new standard for environmentally responsible building in Vermont. Last year’s People’s Choice Award was awarded to the Yestermorrow Design/Build School. Located in Waitsfield, Vermont, Yestermorrow Design/Build School is a classic example of adaptive re-use – Yestermorrow staff, students and faculty transformed a former inn into a multi-use space with nearly 10,000 square feet of classrooms, dormitories, administrative offices, woodshop, kitchen and dining facilities. With a proven annual energy intensity of 48,480 BTU/sf/yr, this building’s addition of 28 kW in AllSun Trackers and a solar hot water system helps it to produce more than 65% of its energy on-site. The Yestermorrow Design/Build School uses less than half the energy consumed by the average commercial building in New England.

“The diversity of award winners and their proven performance help us understand what is achievable in reducing the consumption while maintaining comfort and creating beautiful spaces” explains VGBN Board of Directors Vice President, Jennifer Chiodo, who helped to develop the awards. The awards competition opens on January 21st, 2016 and submissions will be due on Friday, March 4, 2016. For more information and to learn more about the submission requirements, please visit our 2015 VT’s Greenest Awards Competition page by clicking here.

Founded in 2002, non-profit Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) works with the building industry to achieve its vision of fostering green building in Vermont, contributing to a thriving local economy, a healthy environment, and high quality of life in all communities.

By |January 21st, 2016|Vermont's Greenest Awards Competition|0 Comments

A special update from VGBN’s Executive Director

Dear VGBN member and friends,

We’re grateful to have a robust network of green building professionals and enthusiasts in Vermont. As we look to 2016, we’re looking forward to hosting the Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards Competition, as well as the annual Vermont Green Building Gala.

As the new year fast approaches, we’re excited to move forward in developing and acting on a new strategic plan. As many of you know, this year VGBN faced an important decision – the USGBC has been restructuring its chapters (VGBN has been an official USGBC chapter since 2005), and VGBN was presented with two options:

  1. Continue as an independent organization, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as VGBN was originally structured. Leadership and programming would remain local, but VGBN would no longer be directly affiliated with USGBC
  2. Become an “Integrated USGBC Chapter,” continuing as an official USGBC Chapter and operating within USGBC’s restructured framework of national leadership. VGBN would discontinue its current 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

After careful consideration from Vermont stakeholders, VGBN members, founding members and our board of directors, our board recently voted to proceed as an independent organization from the USGBC and maintain our 501(c)(3) status.

We have been grateful to the USGBC for its support and partnership since 2005, and wish we could continue as an aligned chapter while maintaining our 501(c)(3) status (though we understand this is not an option given our small chapter size). Many thanks to our members who participated in our fall survey, and for the valuable, thoughtful feedback and suggestions surrounding this decision.

We are deeply committed to VGBN’s mission to work with the building industry to achieve our vision of fostering green building in Vermont, contributing to a thriving local economy, a healthy environment, and high quality of life in all communities. We’re looking forward to a wonderful 2016, and thank you for your continued support.

Happy holidays! Wishing everyone a happy new year.

All the best,

Jenna N. Antonino DiMare
VGBN Executive Director 

By |December 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments