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Efficiency Vermont's Better Buildings by Design (BBD) Conference brings together top talent in building technology and design from across the country Every year BBD welcomes more than 1,000 design, construction, and business professionals to Burlington, Vermont BBD13 Keynote speaker S. Robert Hastings illuminates the evolution from passive solar to passive house to plus-energy architecture Attendees take in the BBD13 Keynote address BBD13 attendees meet and greet in the exhibitor hall More than 50 exhibitors from around the country display their latest products and services Vermont Energy Investment Corporation sponsors the annual Blair Hamilton Scholarship to support and inspire some of BBD's youngest attendees Presenter John Straube discusses heating, cooling and ventilating very low energy homes A BBD13 exhibitor and attendee review new energy efficiency technologies Attendees browse the poster displays for Efficiency Vermont's 2013 Best of the Best award winners Efficiency Vermont's Ethan Goldman presents insights from SmartGrid data Efficiency Vermont's booth provides a space to share information, ask questions, and receive technical assistance and guidance on energy efficiency

February 5 & 6, 2014
Sheraton Conference Center, Burlington, Vermont
1000+ Attendees. 40+ Workshops. 50+ Exhibitors.

Conference Theme: NET ZERO by 2030

A net zero energy building is one whose energy usage and carbon emissions equal zero when measured over the course of a year. But what’s the right mix of energy efficiency and renewables? How are these buildings best maintained to continue to perform well year after year? What other build designations might be important to consider? And how will we as a country reach this goal by 2030?

Join us in February 2014 as we embark on the path toward net zero buildings in Vermont and beyond.

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Keynote Speaker: Eric Corey Freed

Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with over 20 years of experience in green building. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." Learn more about Eric.

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. View current listing of conference exhibitors.

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 2014 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 5 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 5, 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 2014 Best of the Best Awards
  • New this year! Project posters of student energy efficiency projects


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