Joseph Architects Honored for Energy-Saving Building

Waterbury, VT

Joseph Architects has received a “Best of the Best” award for energy efficient construction and renovation from Efficiency Vermont. The Waterbury-based firm was tapped for the honor for its design of a cold-storage and shipping facility for the Capital Candy Company in Barre. Joseph Architects shares the award with project construction manager Connor Contracting of Berlin.

The award-winning project transformed a former granite shed into an updated, expanded facility that meets the owners’ energy needs at a savings of more than $67,000 per year. Energy-saving structural elements include high-performance insulation on walls, roof, and the slab foundation; high R-value exterior doors, and quick-closing interior overhead doors. High-efficiency equipment was used for refrigeration, freezing, space heating, water heating, and lighting.

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

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