Better Buildings by Design

February 7 & 8, 2018
Sheraton Conference Center, South Burlington, Vermont
1,000+ Attendees. 40+ Workshops. 50+ 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.

Call for Presentations

Thank you to everyone who submitted a presentation proposal for Better Buildings by Design 2018. The deadline to submit proposals has passed. The Planning Committee is in the process of reviewing submissions. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 1st. For program related questions, please contact Program Committee Chair Amanda Grant at

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Sponsor and exhibitor registration is open. Space can go quickly so act now!

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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. Choose from more than 40 workshops in four different learning tracks.

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 & Services

Talk with more than 50 exhibitors and sponsors displaying the latest residential and commercial building products and services.

Technical Workshops

Participate in high-quality presentations throughout both days of the conference. Workshops are 90 minutes long and are held simultaneously in four learning tracks: Building Envelope, Mechanical Systems, Lighting, and Innovations & High Performance. Over 40 workshops will be offered this year.

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 2018 Best of the Best Awards in Building Performance and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, Residential New Construction, and Commercial Building Design & Construction will be honored on Wednesday, February 7 during the Opening Session. 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 7, 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. On display at the reception:

  • Project posters for winners of the Efficiency Vermont 2018 Best of the Best Awards will be on display at the reception.

Check out the BBD 2017 Archive

If you were not able to attend the 2017 Better Buildings by Design Conference, or simply want to relive the glory of it all, see the BBD 2017 archive to download available presentations.

Resources & Downloads

  • More details coming in the fall, 2017

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