Efficiency Vermont Kicks Off 11th Better Buildings By Design on February 11

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 11:07am -- tim

For the Vermont building community, energy and affordability have increasingly become crucial aspects of the design phase. At the 11th Better Buildings By Design Conference, host Efficiency Vermont hopes to spark discussions about energy-smart and cost-saving building principles – and teach participants how to incorporate those building tenets into everyday practice.
Opening February 11, the two-day conference kicks off with a keynote address from celebrated homebuilder and developer, Fernando Pagés. He will discuss how to incorporate energy efficiency into building high-quality homes and businesses with less environmental impact and more affordable price tags.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Mr. Pagés to Vermont’s showcase for innovative building design, construction, and renovation,” said Conference Chair Sharon Bay of Efficiency Vermont. “His success in the green building field proves that energy efficiency and affordability can go hand-in-hand in creating thoughtful and durable buildings.”
Pagés, the recipient of national awards including the 2008 Green Building Single Family House of the Year, is the author of “Building an Affordable Home: A High-Value, Low-Cost Approach to Building” (2005) and “Affordable Remodel: How to Get Custom Results on Any Budget” (2007).
Following his keynote address, Pagés will lead a workshop on “Marketing Energy Efficiency and Your Business.”
His workshop is one of more than 30 offered throughout the duration of the conference. Led by the top experts in the field, the conference workshops will be held simultaneously in four learning tracks: Building Envelope, Mechanical Systems, Lighting, and Innovations & High Performance.
In addition to interactive workshops about building durability, efficiency, and value, the conference will include an exhibit hall trade show featuring more than 50 exhibitors displaying the latest residential and commercial building products and services, as well as the winning entries from this year’s commercial and residential design competitions. More than 1,000 building designers and construction professionals are expected to attend from throughout the Northeast.
For more information, please visit www.efficiencyvermont.com/conference
Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont's environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com.