On February 1st Efficiency Vermont's 16th Better Buildings by Design (BBD) conference kicked off in South Burlington, VT. This annual event brings together partners from the building, design, and clean energy industries for two days of information sharing and networking. More than 1,000 attendees from across the country were at this year's conference and more than 40 workshops were offered two days. There were also numerous vendors in the exhibit hall, providing attendees with opportunities to find new products and technologies.
Efficiency Vermont Director Liz Gamache opened the conference with welcoming remarks. She spoke about the unifying role that energy efficiency can play in the building and energy industries. As a common sense solution, energy efficiency isn't up for debate, Liz said, because it's hard to argue that no matter where our energy is coming from, we should try to use less of it. Liz also highlighted the benefits of energy efficiency in Vermont – it reduces electricity demand, improves the reliability and stability of the grid, makes housing more affordable, and drives the local economy. Find out more by reading this blog post by Liz: https://www.efficiencyvermont.com/news-blog/blog/better-buildings-by-design-2017-affordability-jobs-and-innovation
Liz Gamache also recognized the Best of the Best award winners. These awards are given for commercial and residential new construction, major commercial rehabilitation projects, and for home improvements made by Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractors. The winners exemplify the integration of innovative energy efficient practices with durability, artistry, and practicality. A total of 17 award recipients from across Vermont were recognized this year. Congratulations to all the winners!
This year's keynote speaker, Ann Edminster of Design AVEnues LLC, followed Liz's remarks with an insightful speech about the past, present, and future of zero-energy and low-carbon buildings. If you missed the keynote, you can see the full video here.
An Efficiency Excellence Network appreciation event was held on the first evening of the conference. Learn more about the event and see winners: here.
Topics ranging from Building Science basics to Advanced Lighting Design. There was over 40 workshop sessions. Check out this LinkedIn article from one attendee for insights and key takeaways from his conference experience.