COVID-19 Update:

To protect the health of our staff and our customers, Efficiency Vermont offices are closed to the public. We have cautiously begun scheduling project related site visits when required. You can find more information on our safety protocols here.

We know that you need support in reducing energy costs now more than ever, and we will continue to launch new offers and programs over the course of the summer. In the mean time, our customer support team is available to help you remotely. Contact us at (888) 921-5990 or

Better Buildings by Design

Better Buildings by Design is the region’s premier design and construction conference, which features interactive learning about building durability, efficiency, and value for both residential and commercial projects. This annual not-for-profit conference sponsored by Efficiency Vermont brings together top talent in building technology and design from across the country, and helps keep Vermont-area professionals at the forefront of their fields.

The 2021 conference theme is "Resilient Energy", and that concept has never been more pertinent than it is today. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Efficiency Vermont will hold the 2021 Better Buildings by Design Conference online. We hope that you will join us February 2-4 for an exciting and innovative virtual experience.

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Attendee registration is open. Group discounts and early registration pricing are available to help you save money. Review registration information

What will a Virtual Conference Look Like?

As we move the conference online, we look forward to offering the same informative and timely content from presenters and the space to connect with attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors from across the region

The virtual conference will include our regular schedule and opportunities for engagement, including a keynote speaker, panel sessions, workshop offerings, and networking opportunities.

In addition to participating in the live events, all attendees will have access to recordings that can be viewed at any time. Moving our in-person conference to an online format presents us with the unique opportunity to explore new tools for online collaboration and connection.

Why Attend a Virtual Conference?

Cost and time savings: Save time and money by conveniently accessing content from your home or virtual workspace. Without the hassle and cost of travel, you can focus on maximizing your session experience and networking abilities while also attending to work and family responsibilities at home.

Flexibility: Participants will have access to the full schedule of presentations, either live or recorded, and can move easily between sessions. Recorded sessions allow participants to view content at their convenience both during and after the conference.

Sustainability: By eliminating the need for travel and reducing the energy required for an in-person event, our virtual conference will have a much smaller carbon footprint. It will also avoid the large amount of waste that would typically be generated at an in-person event (e.g. coffee cups, fliers, brochures).

A more inclusive environment and networking opportunities:: A virtual conference will allow you to connect with a larger audience, many of whom may have not attended due to cost and travel constraints. Consider involving more of your staff who would not have been approved for travel in past years. We'll also be offering a variety of networking opportunities to meet and interact with professionals across the state. Networking Opportunities: A virtual environment will provide new opportunities to engage fellow attendees in real-time chat, discussion forums and one on one video with other participants, with presenters, and with exhibitors.

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Hear From the Experts

Find out what works, what doesn’t, and what you can put into practice immediately through the research and experience of nationally recognized leaders in the field.

Strengthen Your Competitive Edge

Learn the latest techniques and technologies for superior building performance, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.

Make Key Contacts

Network with the region’s top design and construction professionals who share your commitment to quality construction, energy efficiency, aesthetic integrity, occupant health and comfort, and environmental stewardship.

Sponsor Trade Show

See the latest innovations in energy-efficient products and services for the design and construction industry. Speak with service providers and manufacturers’ representatives about cutting-edge techniques, materials, equipment, and systems for superior building performance, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. Over 60 sponsors will be on display!

Best of the Best

Winners of Efficiency Vermont’s Best of the Best Awards are honored during the Opening Reception. Throughout the conference, browse among inspiring plans, drawings, and photos of the award-winning homes and buildings from this year’s design competition.

Check out the BBD 2020 Archives

If you were not able to attend the 2020 Better Buildings by Design Conference, or simply want to relive the glory of it all, see the BBD 2020 archives to download available presentations.