In February, Vermont Integrated Architecture, P.C. (VIA), was named Efficiency Vermont’s Commercial New Construction Partner of the Year. Nominated by Efficiency Vermont (EVT) collaborative partners, VIA garnered a unanimous vote of EVT officials to receive the award. EVT announced this and other awards at its annual conference, Better Buildings by Design. Award winners demonstrate excellence in designing, building, and renovating energy efficient and sustainable buildings.
Andrea Murray echoed the sentiment, commenting that “We have enjoyed our collaboration with Efficiency Vermont over the years, most recently on the Vergennes Community Housing project and the new Pierson Library in Shelburne. Our close work with Efficiency Vermont ensures that our projects showcase the best strategies for energy efficiency and help advance sustainable design. We are delighted by the honor and look forward tackling new challenges with the support of Efficiency Vermont. We are very fortunate to have this unique utility in Vermont that is championing the challenges architects and builders face with respect to climate change.” VIA has been working with EVT for many years, specifically with a pilot program promoting Net Zero Energy buildings in Vermont. The Waterbury Municipal Center, designed by VIA and completed in 2016, was among the first in the program and helped solidify its viability. In addition, VIA has conducted research into energy modeling software for EVT, and as a result now shares that knowledge with its clients. VIA also contributed to evaluations of commissioning services, which help ensure that building envelopes and building systems operate optimally for the most efficient outcomes.
“This year’s winners are achieving the highest levels of building performance in a state that boasts a statewide network of highly skilled efficient designers, builders, and contractors,” said Efficiency Vermont Director Rebecca Foster. “We are proud to support and celebrate Vermont’s building professionals, who are critical to our small state’s nationally renowned success in bringing the benefits of energy efficiency to all Vermonters.”