Efficiency Vermont recognizes Fiddlehead Construction and Bread Loaf Corporation

Middlebury, VT

Two area firms have received Efficiency Vermont’s “Best of the Best” awards for energy efficient renovation and construction. Middlebury-based Bread Loaf Corporation was honored for its innovative renovation of the Hartford Town Hall while Fiddlehead Construction, of North Ferrisburgh, was recognized for its energy-saving design of a Charlotte home.

Bread Loaf Corporation transformed a drafty structure with high heating bills into a comfortable building designed to meet all its energy needs through future connection to the town’s solar array. While retaining the building’s original, historic exterior, Bread Loaf Corporation redesigned the interior layout to optimize the reach of natural lighting from a new, two-story glass lobby. Energy-saving features also include high-performance air sealing, insulation, windows, lighting, energy-recovery ventilation, and a heat-pump heating/cooling system.

In its award-winning design, Fiddlehead Construction set out to meet the owners’ desire for a low-energy home built on a modest budget. The result was a house constructed to minimize energy needs through high-efficiency heat-pump heating/cooling, energy recovery ventilation, efficient lighting, maximized daylighting, high R-value insulation, Passivehaus-certified windows, and advance energy framing. Also notable are the building’s innovative moisture management features and locally-sourced materials. The owners plan to add solar panels in the future, enabling them to supply their energy needs on site.

A total of 13 award recipients were recognized on February 3rd at Efficiency Vermont’s annual Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington. This is the Northeast’s premier design and construction conference, focusing on building efficiency, durability, and value. More than 1,000 leading building design professionals and construction tradespeople attended.

Given annually, the Best of the Best awards recognize high achievement by architects, engineers, builders, and contractors using energy efficiency and sustainability practices to construct or renovate Vermont buildings. Awards are given for commercial and residential new construction, commercial major rehabilitation projects, renovations completed by Building Performance contractors and home improvements made by Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractors.

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
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