Residential New Construction Program Update

New Building Energy Standards

The Vermont Residential Building Standards (RBES) are being updated and are slated for implementation in January 2020. The standards are currently in review, and public comment is being accepted until July 10.

This update impacts EEN members in the residential new construction trade group because all homes receiving Efficiency Vermont certification need to meet the Vermont RBES.

According to the Vermont Department of Public Services, on May 16 the proposed code was submitted to the Secretary of State, and a public hearing was held on June 21 at the Statehouse. 

The public comment period is open through July 10, 2019.

To stay up to date on the new RBES, please visit the Department of Public Service website:

July 9, 10am - 4pm, Free Zero Energy Modular Contractor Demonstration Day

Sign up for an HVAC demonstration and tour of the zero energy modular (ZEM) model home at the Waypoint Center in Bellows Falls. Attendees will meet with Efficiency Vermont Senior Energy Consultant, Matt Sargent, to see a state-of-the-art integrated HVAC system in action in the ZEM model home. Bring your questions and your proposals for upcoming projects.

Note: You will need to sign up for a private one-hour time slot. Each slot can accommodate up to five people from your team.

Location: Waypoint Center, 17 Depot Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont

Audience: HVAC Contractors, Design Firms, Builders, Architects

Level: Any

Credits: Worth 1 EEN credit

Cost: Free

Register for the demo day by visiting or by calling 888-921-5990.

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