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VNRC Headquarters by Vermont Integrated Architecture
Pomerleau Family YMCA by Freeman French Freeman
Vermont’s Greenest Building Award and Net Zero Award | Residential: Maple Hill Passive House by Matt Lutz, AIA
Vermont’s Greener Building Award | Residential: Slope House by Vermont Integrated Architecture

AIAVT Members Recognized by Efficiency Vermont with the Best of the Best Awards

The annual Efficiency Vermont Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial and residential buildings, as well as partners around the state who make these projects happen. This year's winners were announced at the Better Buildings By Design Conference, which took place on April 27 and 28 in South Burlington.

AIAVT members from Vermont Integrated Architecture were the winners of the Small Renovation Award in Commercial Buiding Design & Construction for the Vermont Natural Resrouces Council Headquarters, located in Montpelier.

AIAVT members from Freeman French Freeman were the winners of the New Construction Award in Commercial Building Design & Construction for the Pomerleau Family YMCA, located in Burlington.

AIAVT member Matt Lutz, AIA  was the winner of the Healthy Home Award for Residential New Construction for a home located in Calais, VT.

The Overall Best of the Best in Residential New Construction Award went to Daniel Haedrich, Assoc. AIA of Back Tilt Studio for a home located in Norwich, VT.

AIAVT Members Recognized by VT Green Building Network with Vermont's Greenest Building Awards

Hosted by VGBN, Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards recognize exemplary residential and commercial buildings that excel in green building strategies - including water, health, transportation, and affordability - and meet the highest standard of demonstrated energy performance. Projects must be located in Vermont and have a minimum of one year of recent utility data for a fully occupied and operational building.

AIAVT Member, Matthew Lutz, AIA won Vermont’s Greenest Building Award and Net Zero Award in the Residential category for Maple Hill Passive House. A PHIUS certified, 1200 square foot, one level home with continuous heat recovery balanced ventilation resulting in extremely healthy indoor air quality. This net zero home has a small 6.46 KW roof mounted solar array that produces more energy than the building uses, and the home utilized low embodied carbon building materials.

AIAVT members from Vermont Integrated Architecture received the Vermont's Greener Building Award in the Residential category for Slope House. a modern home with stunning views of Mad River Glen. The 15% south-facing slope offers perfect passive solar exposure. The home has two heat pumps - a single head on main level and a mini-ducted on lower lower - that work to heat and cool the home, which is built to near passive house standards.

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AIAVT Member and Past President, Megan Nedzinski Joins VGBN Board of Directors

Megan Nedzinski is an Architect focused on high-performance buildings employing lower embodied carbon solutions.  Her work with Vermont Integrated Architecture draws on 20 years of experience in the US and internationally as a founder of Architects Without Borders-Seattle.

Two AIAVT Member Projects Featured in Sheri Koones' Book, Bigger than Tiny, Smaller than Average

Projects by AIAVT Members, Birdseye and Liz Herrmann Architecture + Design were featured in a new book published by Gibbs Smith. Bigger Than Tiny, Smaller Than Average includes 26 examples of small-house options around the country, including ADUs (accessory dwelling units). Each house includes a floor plan and a listing of green and energy-efficient features. Learn more at