Better Buildings by Design 2019 Recap

In early February, Efficiency Vermont hosted the 21st Better Buildings by Design conference (BBD).

Each year Efficiency Vermont offers access to leading experts in the energy efficiency and building performance fields. The conference showcases the latest residential and commercial building products and services. We offer technical workshops to expand qualifications and expertise, all while creating an environment where participants can network with peers.

Our efforts to advance energy efficiency in Vermont rely on our partnership with qualified building professionals. They are a vital component in nearly every energy efficiency project. Energy savings become a reality thanks to the expertise of designers, installers, and builders.

Skilled efficiency professionals are critical for energy consumers

A skilled, technical workforce is critical to Vermont’s economy as a whole –and it is critical to delivering energy efficiency to Vermont customers.

According to the Vermont 2017 Clean Energy Industry Report, nearly half of the 12,200 full-time clean energy jobs in Vermont come from the energy efficiency sector. That’s 5,900 full-time jobs associated with energy efficiency services. Most of the 1000 plus attendees and exhibitors of Better Buildings by Design are part of that workforce. And one very important group of attendees were our current Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN) members. Exclusive EEN member activities hosted during the conference included:

  • One-on-one coaching sessions with digital marketing expert Peter Troast of Energy Circle
  • EEN Members-only booth (formerly known as the “Better Living Lounge”)
  • Reduced conference registration rates for current EEN members
  • On-site EEN exhibitor promotions

To quote BBD attendee and EEN member Bob Swinburne of Bluetime Collaborative:

Conferences such as this serve as fuel for so many of us working off in the hills and this one did not disappoint (understatement). The sort of thinking that went into the content of this conference is so necessary, speaking here as an architect and hill dweller, to pull us out of our little worlds and place us in context.

Thanks to all the attendees. We are looking forward to the 2020 conference.