Better Buildings by Design

February 6 & 7, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Hotel
South Burlington, Vermont
1,000 Attendees. 40 Workshops. 60+ Exhibitors.

Better Buildings by Design is the region’s premier design and construction conference, which features interactive learning about building durability, efficiency, and value for both residential and commercial projects. This annual not-for-profit conference sponsored by Efficiency Vermont brings together top talent in building technology and design from across the country, and helps keep Vermont-area professionals at the forefront of their fields.

This year’s theme is Affordable Efficiency.

Creating affordable and energy efficient buildings and homes is always a challenging task. Reconciling efficiency and cost-effectiveness is crucial for competitive business and meeting goals related to mitigation of climate change. Our theme this year invites you to share what you've done in the past, what you're doing, and strategies for overcoming barriers.

Conference Updates

Register to Attend

Register early and save! Full conference, one day only, and student registration options are available. Learn more and register to attend.

Technical Workshops

Participate in high-quality presentations throughout both days of the conference. Workshops are 90 minutes long and are held simultaneously in five learning tracks: Building Systems, Business Support, Commercial, Envelope, and Integrated Design. Attend workshops to earn continuing education credits from AIA, BPI, ASHRAE, and more! Review the schedule.

Zem on Tour

Where: Directly outside the Conference Center entrance

When: Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30am-6pm (Efficiency Vermont staff will be on hand to answer questions from 7:30-9am, during lunch, and 5-6pm)

Ever wondered how healthy, comfortable, and resilient a new home could be? Efficiency Vermont is bringing the traveling Zero Energy Modular (ZEM) model home to Better Buildings by Design. Come tour an all-electric ZEM home that makes as much energy as it uses, see solar and battery storage in action, and learn about associated affordable housing opportunities here in Vermont. The model home features a ramp for accessibility.

Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsor and exhibitor registration is open for Better Buildings by Design 2019! New sponsorship packages are available ranging in price from $1,200 to $7,500. These packages have varying levels of visibility at the conference appropriate to the investment. We invite you to consider these new levels, new entitlements and new opportunities for exposure. An exhibitor-only option is also available. Please keep in mind that sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. This event typically sells out in early October! Learn more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.

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Hear From the Experts

Find out what works, what doesn’t, and what you can put into practice immediately through the research and experience of nationally recognized leaders in the field.

Strengthen Your Competitive Edge

Learn the latest techniques and technologies for superior building performance, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.

Make Key Contacts

Network with the region’s top design and construction professionals who share your commitment to quality construction, energy efficiency, aesthetic integrity, occupant health and comfort, and environmental stewardship.

See the Latest Products and Services

Talk with more than 60 exhibitors and sponsors displaying the latest residential and commercial building products and services.

Exhibit Hall Trade Show

See the latest innovations in energy-efficient products and services for the design and construction industry. Speak with service providers and manufacturers’ representatives about cutting-edge techniques, materials, equipment, and systems for superior building performance, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.

Best of the Best

Winners of Efficiency Vermont’s 2019 Best of the Best Awards will be honored on Wednesday, February 6 during the Opening Reception. Throughout the conference, browse among inspiring plans, drawings, and photos of the award-winning homes and buildings from this year’s design competition.

Evening Reception

Wednesday, February 6, 4:45 pm–7:00 pm

Join other design and construction professionals in the exhibit hall for complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. The reception is open to the public. Please invite your colleagues, clients, subcontractors, and others.

Check out the BBD 2018 Archives

If you were not able to attend the 2018 Better Buildings by Design Conference, or simply want to relive the glory of it all, see the BBD 2018 archives to download available presentations.

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