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Affordable Energy Resources Fair

LISTEN Community Dinner Hall  (42 Maple St. White River Junction, VT)

Want to save energy AND money? Winter is coming – and energy prices are high, from electricity to home heating fuel. But help is available to pay those high bills now and improve your home so your future bills are lower!   

The Affordable Energy Resources Fair provides a one-stop shop for Do-It-Yourself weatherization materials, information on weatherization assistance and rebate programs, utility bill (electricity, fuel, water), state and town assistance programs, and material resources to be more comfortable in the coming cold temperatures.  

Speak with experts on energy programs for New Hampshire and Vermont. Whether you are unhoused or marginally housed, a renter, or homeowner, this event has resources for you.

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Net Zero Energy Festival

BED: 585 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401

VGS and Burlington Electric Department will have tables displaying weatherization materials and information, e-bike demos, heat pump and solar panel experts, Window Dressers, kids' activities, music, and food trucks. All are welcome!

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NEK Solarbration

104 Peacham Groton Rd, South Peacham, VT
Free

Join NVDA (Northeastern Vermont Development Association) for an afternoon of FREE family-friendly fun, live music, prizes, and energy education. Celebrate the new Community Solar array providing renewable electricity to Peacham Town buildings, as well as participating homes, farms and local businesses. Learn about strategies for community resilience and an affordable, clean energy future.

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Airtightness & Moisture Management Workshop

SIGA High-Performance Construction Academy, 23 S Broadway #4B, Salem, NH 03079
Free

This airtightness workshop offers a fresh look at the features of resilient and efficient envelope design. It examines the key layers that comprise the fabric of the building, and describes how a well-planned weather, air, and vapor sealing strategy avoids risk and saves money. Strategies in High-Performance Building Envelopes Participants will be engaged in a discussion and a hands-on envelope detailing workshop. During this 4-hour, interactive course participants will learn:

  • Building science fundamentals and the environmental impacts that affect building performance taught by SIGA
  • Building envelope key components & terms
  • The importance of a continuous weather & airtightness layer(s)
  • Strategies to avoid risk from design to implementation
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Strengthening Vermont’s Grid: Electrification, Equity & Resilience

Green Mountain Power, 2154 Post Rd, Rutland, VT 05701
Nonmembers – $25; VBSR Members – Free

Join Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) and Green Mountain Power for networking, food, drinks, and learning from Vermont businesses working at every level to strengthen Vermont’s electrical grid to build equitable access and resilient communities. Recent extreme weather events from climate change have highlighted the need for reliable access to power for the economy, public health, individual safety, and environment. Panelists will share their unique perspectives on fleet electrification, battery storage, renewable energy, microgrids, and action through policy.

Join us for networking at 5:00 PM, followed by our panel discussion from 5:45 – 7:00 PM and a reception from 7:00 – 8:00 PM at Green Mountain Power’s beautiful space in Rutland!

Panelists: 

  • Kristin Carlson – Green Mountain Power (Moderator)
  • Jay Bellows – NOMAD Transportable Power Systems
  • Jenna Custodio – Casella Waste Systems
  • Bram Kleppner – Vermont Climate Council
  • Paul Lesure – Green Mountain Solar
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Incentives for Flood Recovery - Res & Commercial Contractors

Online
Free

$36 million for new flood recovery programs is now available through Efficiency Vermont for homeowners, renters, rental property owners, and businesses affected by the summer floods. Recently launched customer-facing offers can help replace critical heating systems, hot water systems, and essential appliances that were damaged or destroyed in the floods. Plus, new weatherization and financing options that can help your customers rebuild. Contractors mobilizing to provide time critical assistance may be eligible for trade ally incentives. This webinar will provide a high level review of this offer that's anticipated to launch in October. Join this contractor-focused webinar to learn how your customers can take advantage of these offers, and what flood related trade ally incentives you can anticipate.

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South Burlington Energy Festival

City Hall, 180 Market Street, South Burlington, VT 05403

The South Burlington Energy Committee is hosting the South Burlington Energy Festival to bring our community and stakeholders together for a day of fun, education, and engagement around energy in support of the City’s Climate Action Plan.

This event features four hours of fun activities, raffle prizes, food trucks, and live music. Visitors can learn about energy-saving methods, sustainability, and the environment from local non-profits and businesses. There will be electric vehicles and electric bikes, people to answer your questions about how to pay for home energy upgrades, opportunities to learn about implementing South Burlington’s Climate Action Plan, short educational seminars, and more.

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RESNET HERS Rater Training- FALL 2023

Online
See website for details

HERS Rater Training is the first step towards Rater Certification. Virtual HERS rater training classes have two parts, both parts are required for Rater Certification:

  • Online modules: Oct 2-13, M-F 9am-Noon and W 1pm-4pm. 36 hours of webinar instruction covering all of the building science, energy modeling, and performance testing. A minimum of 8 (of the 12) sessions must be attended live. However, sessions will be recorded and in the event that a few must be missed, they can be watched later. In addition to the hours outlined above, students should also budget time for up to 2 hours of homework per night. 

    This section is available as a stand-alone option for anyone who wants to know about ratings but does not want to become a rater. Cost: $750.

  • Five-day Practical Training: Oct 23-17, 8:30am-5pm on Zoom, covering the hands-on training and testing that is necessary to prepare to pass the rater exams. Learning equipment usage with blower door and duct blaster. 

Early Bird Discount deadline is September 5, 2023. Final registration deadline is September 19, 2023.

Pre-approved for 36 BPI credits.

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Weatherization 101

Online

Efficiency Vermont experts will give a primer on weatherization and where to start, co-hosted by VGS.

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Webinar: Hiring and Onboarding

Online
$25

Hosted by HELM Construction Solutions LLC. Finding and hiring new staff can be a real challenge. The lack of skilled workers in the trades means we need to reach new audiences and refine our messaging. This session will explore inclusive recruiting and onboarding strategies you can use with your next hire. HELM Webinars are one-hour, online sessions open to all. A recording of the webinar will be made available to those who cannot join live.

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Weatherization 101

Online

Efficiency Vermont experts will give a primer on weatherization and where to start, co-hosted by VGS.

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Online Webinar: Fresh-R Decentralized HRV Units

Online
Free

The Fresh-r on the wall unit is well suited for retrofits or even just a quick home improvements as it is mounted on the wall. Since only a small amount of duct is needed for this unit, it is easier to install than a conventional HRV system. Fresh-R Forward connectors between rooms enable one Fresh-r unit to freshen air in multiple rooms. Fresh air is introduced into all areas of your home without ducting, reducing invasive structural work while providing clean, filtered air. And, they're PHI certified.

Join Fresh-r’s Philip Bredt, Hans Arentsen and Jeroen Cremer and Small Planet Supply’s Taylor Groebner to learn more about Fresh-r.

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Compartmentalization Air Sealing – Wood Framed

Online
Free

This webinar will review sample details that should be included in drawing sets to allow for proper air sealing, strategies observed on site of how to implement these details, and review issues seen on projects in efforts to avoid them on future jobs. Note that this module will focus on 2-4 unit buildings (triple deckers, duplexes, etc.) are wood-framed. AIA CEU pending. Featuring: Steve Klocke, RA, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

By the end of this module attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts of air sealing from a Building Science perspective as well as the requirements of various code, rating, and incentive programs.
  • Identify key opportunities for designers to influence air sealing performance from the initial stages of a project.
  • Describe how air sealing details for various locations on a wood framed project are successfully implemented on site.
  • Evaluate air sealing measures for effectiveness: what works vs. what doesn’t work.

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Button Up NEK - Weatherization For All

Island Pond, Brighton Town Hall (49 Mill St, Island Pond, VT 05846)

Weatherization For All is an opportunity to get advice on making your home more cozy, and resources for making efficiency affordable.

Join NVDA, energy committees and partners from across the NEK for this free, fun, and energizing event! 

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HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING CLASSES (Two-Part Training)

River Valley Technical Center, 307 South St, Springfield, VT 05156
See Registration For Details

This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.

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HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING CLASSES (Two-Part Training)

Hartford Area Career & Technology Center, 1 Gifford Rd White River Junction, VT 05001
See Registration For Details

This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.

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CREW LEADERSHIP CLASSES

Windham Regional Career Center, 80 Atwood St, Brattleboro, VT 05301
See Registration For Details

SEON’s Crew Leadership Development course teaches you how to unleash the authentic leader within and complement your managerial roles. Learn the skills that foster a culture where each team member develops their technical skills and takes ownership of their roles, as well as how to create an enjoyable work environment that promotes excellence, pride, growth, respect, and collaboration.

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Heat Pumps 101

Online

Efficiency Vermont experts will review what homeowners should consider before installing a heat pump, and the different types of systems.

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Webinar: Strategic Thinking

Online
$25

Hosted by HELM Construction Solutions LLC. What is strategic thinking? It’s the ability to think ‘above the horizon,’ to look at the long view or the big picture. It is rooted in your vision for the company and is a very important part of being a business leader, a people leader, and a thought leader. Some people have an uncanny knack for it and others need to work at it. Either way, if you focus on it, it can be learned. We’ll watch a short video then apply it to your own work. Please bring your three annual goals for your company, for 2023, and your short vision statement. HELM Webinars are one-hour, online sessions open to all. A recording of the webinar will be made available to those who cannot join live.

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Heat Pumps 101

Online

Efficiency Vermont experts will review what homeowners should consider before installing a heat pump, and the different types of systems.

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RBES Training: Solar-ready and all-electric ready system requirements

Online
Free

Join our Efficiency Vermont team for this Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) training. Folks that attend this webinar can expect to learn: Dynamics and building systems needed to design for all-electric building How to match all-electric heating and cooling equipment to building loads Considerations for back-up systems to all-electric mechanicals. Basics of PV sizing and applications (AIA credit approval pending)

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Heat Pumps to Electrify Existing Buildings: Commercial Case Studies from the Field

Online
Free

Heat pump retrofits have become a key strategy in electrifying a building’s HVAC systems, allowing for increased use of renewable energy and less reliance on natural gas for heating. Join this webinar to hear design engineers share diverse real-world case studies that tell the stories of heat pump retrofits for different building types, configurations, and climates. Please note this webinar's content will be tailored to commercial buildings.

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HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING CLASSES (Two-Part Training)

Windham Regional Career Center
, 80 Atwood St, Brattleboro, VT 05301
See Registration For Details

This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.

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Webinar: Management Versus Leadership

Online
$25

Hosted by HELM Construction Solutions LLC. This workshop for managers and leaders focuses on understanding the difference between leadership and management. We’ll look at how the difference affects your time management strategies, so you can manage both urgent and important categories of tasks. Then we’ll do a reality check and see what works for you. HELM Webinars are one-hour, online sessions open to all. A recording of the webinar will be made available to those who cannot join live.

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Fundamentals of Pre-Construction and Project Management

Online
$900 per person. 10% discount if you register 2 people from one company. Scholarships available to participants from businesses owned by Black and Indigenous people, People of Color, Immigrants, LGBTQIA folks, and Women.

Hosted by HELM Construction Solutions LLC. Join us for an interactive deep dive into the fundamentals of good pre-construction and project management practice. This 7-session virtual series will include hands-on exercises, tools, and templates to support emerging project managers and estimators. Agenda (11/07) Selling Pre-construction (11/14) Budgets and Estimating Part A (11/21) Budgets and Estimating Part B (11/28) Contracts, Kickoffs & Pre-Mortems (12/05) Project Management: Scheduling (12/12) Project Management: Change Orders, PM Tasks, Roles & Responsibilities (12/19) Project Management: Accounts Payable & Receivable & Project Close Out Presenters Tia Garcia & Greg Woleck What to Expect Sessions will be offered via Zoom on seven consecutive Tuesdays from 3:00-4:30pm. We are limiting registration to 20 participants to keep the group small and allow for lots of discussion and small group breakouts. Attending all sessions in real-time is strongly encouraged, however, we will be recording the sessions. Accessibility: We offer closed-captioning and simultaneous interpretation upon request. Please email us if you need any accommodations to participate fully in the course. Solidarity Scholarships: Scholarships available to participants from businesses owned by Black and Indigenous people, People of Color, Immigrants, LGBTQIA folks, and Women. Apply Now.

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HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING CLASSES (Two-Part Training)

Center for Technology Essex
, 2 Educational Dr, Essex Junction, VT 05452
See Registration For Details

This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.

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HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING CLASSES (Two-Part Training)

Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, 738 VT-15, Hyde Park, VT 05655
See Registration For Details

This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.

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CREW LEADERSHIP CLASSES

River Valley Technical Center, 307 South St, Springfield, VT 05156
See Registration For Details

SEON’s Crew Leadership Development course teaches you how to unleash the authentic leader within and complement your managerial roles. Learn the skills that foster a culture where each team member develops their technical skills and takes ownership of their roles, as well as how to create an enjoyable work environment that promotes excellence, pride, growth, respect, and collaboration.

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Primer on Estimating

Online
See website for details

Hosted by HELM Construction Solutions LLC. In this webinar, we will review fundamental estimating and job-cost accounting practices, and we will teach you new ways to understand these numbers. You will gain new insight into how your estimating methods help or hinder your goal of profitability. HELM Webinars are one-hour, online sessions open to all. A recording of the webinar will be made available to those who cannot join live.

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Ownership Transitions and Employee Ownership Options

Online
$25

Too many business owners don’t have a realistic plan for how to exit their business, earn a decent retirement income, and preserve the legacy they’ve built and the jobs they’ve created. This webinar will explain the basics of what a business owner needs to know and plan for when it comes to leaving their business. Participants will leave understanding the different options. Beyond the basic process and options, we’ll take a deeper dive into one of the least understood options – selling to employees, and hear from a few design-build companies that have gone through this transition about their experience.

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CREW LEADERSHIP CLASSES

Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, 1 Gifford Rd, White River Junction, VT 05001
See Registration For Details

SEON’s Crew Leadership Development course teaches you how to unleash the authentic leader within and complement your managerial roles. Learn the skills that foster a culture where each team member develops their technical skills and takes ownership of their roles, as well as how to create an enjoyable work environment that promotes excellence, pride, growth, respect, and collaboration.

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HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING CLASSES (Two-Part Training)

Southwest VT Regional Technical School District
, 321 Park Street
Bennington, VT 05201
See Registration For Details

This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.

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RBES Compliant Building Shell and Air Barrier Design

Online
Free

Join our Efficiency Vermont team for this Residential Building Energy Standards training. Folks that attend this webinar can expect to learn: Define continuous insulation and where Energy Codes now prescribe continuous insulation. Understand thermal bridging and the importance of eliminating thermal bridges. Understand building and energy code compliance, including prescriptive, R-value and performance paths Moisture management in wall and roof assemblies (AIA credit approval pending)

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Better Building by Design 2024

DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, VT
See website for details

The 2024 conference theme is Blueprint for Equity: Energy Efficiency & the Future of Building. Blueprints are foundational to putting design into action. Achieving a design that provides benefit without undue burden requires forethought and engagement. Leading with equity can build a strong workforce, save energy, improve health and safety, and further energy resilience while reducing energy burden.

Join Efficiency Vermont as we explore the topic of access and discuss equity’s place in Better Building by Design. This conference offers several opportunities to gain professional continuing education credits. 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. Sponsor Trade Show. See the latest energy-efficient product and service innovations 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 Best of the Best Awards will be honored during the conference. Browse among inspiring plans, drawings, and photos of the award-winning homes and buildings from the design competition.