Local builders win top energy awards

MIDDLEBURY/WALTHAM — Design and construction firms were honored recently by Efficiency Vermont with its “Best of the Best” awards for excellence in energy efficient new construction projects in Addison County.
Among the 17 projects honored statewide in a Feb. 1 event, four were in Addison County.
Bread Loaf Corp. of Middlebury took top honors in the Commercial New Construction/Small Building category for the innovative design of the Middlebury town offices at 7 Main St. In the same category, Black River Design Architects of Montpelier won a Merit Award for the Community Transit Center on Creek Road in Middlebury.
In the Commercial Major Renovation category, the Honor Award went to Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects of Burlington for the 3 South St., Middlebury, project. That was the major renovation of the Middlebury College president’s house.
Finally, Wilder-based Vermont’s McKnight Lane rental homes in Waltham won the Honor Award for Affordable Energy-Efficient/Residential New Construction category.
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, major commercial rehabilitation projects, and for home improvements made by Home Performance with Energy Star contractors.
The awards were bestowed at Efficiency Vermont’s annual Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington.

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