Efficiency Vermont names ‘Best of Best’ at annual conference

Winooski, VT

Energy efficiency professionals and advocates from across the state and region applauded six teams and individuals honored with “Best of the Best” awards. The awards are announced each year at Efficiency Vermont’s annual Better Buildings by Design conference, to celebrate leaders in delivering energy efficiency services to Vermonters.

This year’s conference, held virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, focuses on “Resilient Energy.” The last eleven months have been challenging and have underscored the importance of building resilience into buildings and communities.

During the three days of the conference, more than 40 workshops will focus on what energy resilience means when it comes to building design, grid integration, and vulnerable populations. Presenters will share success stories, visions for the future, and their strategies for growing Vermont’s collective resilience.

“The importance of our indoor spaces took center stage in 2020 as we all adjusted to the pandemic, and so many of us moved to working and learning from our homes for much of the year,” said Rebecca Foster, Director of Efficiency Vermont. “Our Best of the Best award winners are leaders in helping deliver energy efficiency to Vermonters, helping to make our indoor spaces healthier, more comfortable, and more affordable. We are so grateful for their commitment to excellence.”

More than 500 people participated in this year’s conference, which kicked off Tuesday morning Feb. 2 and ended Thursday afternoon, Feb. 4. More information is available at efficiencyvermont.com/bbd.

The full list of Best of
the Best Award winners includes:


  • Overall Best of the Best Award – Residential New Construction
    • New Frameworks Natural Design/Build of Burlington, VT for a new home in Charlotte

  • Best of the Best, Healthy Home Award – Residential New Construction
    • HELM Construction Solutions of Battleboro, VT, Mathes Hulme Builders of West Brattleboro, VT, and StudioWebster, of Pelham, MA for a new home Marlboro, VT.

  • Best of the Best, Affordability Award – Residential New Construction
    • Back Tilt Studio of Norwich, VT for a new home in Hartland, VT


  • Best of the Best - Commercial/Multifamily Building Design & Construction
    • Goldstone Architecture, of Bennington, for the Lake Paran Village project in Shaftsbury, VT


  • Leadership Award
    • GSK Climate Control, of East Dorset
  • Partnership Award
    • Jim Bradley of Authenticated Home Performance Diagnostics in Cambridge, VT, and the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont

About Efficiency Vermont

As the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont has helped Vermont avoid over 13.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for the last eight consecutive years. Efficiency Vermont works with partners to help our state transition to more affordable, low carbon energy use through education, incentives, and support for our clean energy workforce. Learn more at www.efficiencyvermont.com.

Efficiency Vermont Press Contact
Matthew Smith
Phone: (802) 540-7662
[email protected]