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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: http://vermontclimatepledge.org/

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:
http://plus.usgbc.org/green-mountain-city/

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

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