More than 1000 Gather at Efficiency Vermont's Better Buildings by Design Conference

Burlington, VT

The region’s premier design and construction event kicked off today in South Burlington. More than 1000 building, design, and clean energy professionals gathered for Efficiency Vermont’s 16th Better Buildings by Design Conference taking place over the next two days. This year’s conference featured keynote speaker Ann Edminster, an award winning author and international sustainable residential construction and zero-net energy expert.

The winners of Efficiency Vermont’s Best of the Best Awards were announced during the opening remarks of the conference. Given annually, the awards recognize high achievement by architects, engineers, builders, and contractors using energy efficiency and sustainability practices to construct or renovate Vermont buildings.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s Best of the Best award winners,” said Liz Gamache, Director of Efficiency Vermont. “Each of these projects exemplifies the important integration of innovative energy efficient practices with durability, artistry, and practicality.” The 17 award recipients recognized this year are listed below.



Honor Award: Kinsey Construction, W. Glover

Project: Private home, Wolcott

Merit Award: Vermod, Wilder

Project: Private home, Woodstock

Honor Award– Affordable Energy-Efficient Construction: Vermod, Wilder

Project: Rental home, McKnight Lane, Waltham

Merit Award– Affordable Energy-Efficient Construction: Thibodeau Construction, Johnson

Project: Private home, Huntington

Residential New Construction Partner of the Year:

Sheppard Custom Homes, Essex Junction


Honor Award: Projects under $10K: Kitchenland, Danville

Project: Private home, Barnet

Merit Award: Projects under $10K: Energy Smart of Vermont, Barre

Project: Private home, E. Barre

Honor Award: Projects over $10K: Three Tree Home Performance, Sutton

Project: Private home, St. Johnsbury

Merit Award: Projects over $10K: New Frameworks Natural Design/Build, Burlington

Project: Private home, S. Burlington


Honor Award: Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects, Burlington

Project: 3 South Street, Middlebury           

Honor Award – Multifamily Housing: Scott + Partners, Inc., Essex Junction     

Project: Darling Inn Apartments, Lyndonville


Large Building

Honor Award: Wiemann Lamphere Architects, Colchester

Project: Vermont Public Radio, Colchester

Small Building

Honor Award: Bread Loaf Corporation, Middlebury

Project: Middlebury Town Offices, Middlebury

Merit Award: Black River Design, Architects, Montpelier

Project: Community Transit Center, Middlebury

Merit Award: Maclay Architects, Waitsfield

Project: SunCommon Headquarters, Waterbury

Multifamily Housing

Honor Award: Scott + Partners, Inc., Essex Junction     

Project: Downstreet Apartments, Barre

Commercial New Construction Partner of the Year

Jim Secor, Secor Group, Bennington

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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