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What to expect at Better Buildings by Design 2015

by Liz Gamache, Director of Efficiency Vermont

Each year Better Buildings by Design (BBD) brings together national and local experts to talk energy efficiency over two days in February. BBD 2015 is February 4 & 5 in South Burlington at the Sheraton Conference Center. Thorsten Chlupp, the founder and president of Arctic Sun, LLC in Fairbanks, Alaska is the keynote speaker and he will be joined by many esteemed workshop presenters.

BBD is also a welcome opportunity for me to connect with our large and influential partner community. You see, I just began as the Director of Efficiency Vermont a few weeks ago. So to be able, so early in my tenure, to attend and learn at this conference alongside those of you out in the field is an honor. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can during the conference to hear what you think.

Exploring trends in cold climate construction

This year the theme at BBD is Trends in Cold Climate Construction. This means that throughout the conference, attendees can look forward to learning more about how to adapt and optimize to create efficient buildings in our climate. There is a full agenda of workshops with tools and information to help building and design professionals continue to deliver quality, high-performance buildings to their customers. In Vermont, we know it will be cold for many months of each year, but with energy efficiency in mind, we can be comfortable, safe, and still keep our energy bills affordable.

It is my hope that BBD attendees will come up with the next great energy saving idea based on what they’ve seen at the conference and through collaborating with us. Efficiency Vermont wants industry professionals to be empowered and prepared to design, build, or advocate for buildings that help Vermonters live better lives.

I invite you to join in on the conversation about this year’s Better Buildings by Design conference. You can use the comments below to offer your thoughts. I hope we’ll see you at BBD 2015!


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