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Title: VERMONT BUILT GREEN PROGRAM


1
VERMONT BUILT GREEN PROGRAM
  • A Building for Social Responsibility Initiative
    Promoting Sustainable Building in Vermont

2
Who is BSR?
  • Builders
  • Architects
  • Designers
  • Building energy professionals
  • Waste reduction/recycling organizations
  • Students
  • Interested others

3
VEICs Involvement
  • Contractor to BSR
  • Grants fund administrator
  • Worked with BSR to obtain funding
  • Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund 22,000
  • ERHs DOE Grant 5,000
  • DPS 2,000
  • Staff
  • Program delivery in future?

4
Why Green Building?
  • Sustainability is major trend
  • Comprehensive environmental approach
  • Energy is just one element
  • Most people are more concerned with other
    elements
  • health
  • IAQ
  • environmental protection

5
History
  • Green rating programs have been around for 10
    years
  • Austin, TX
  • NAHB NRC manual for starting programs
  • USGBCs LEED for commercial the standard
  • No residential standard
  • 40 programs currently under development

6
History cont
  • BSR reviewed existing programs
  • Doug Seiter (Austin, Denver) in 1999
  • Floated green building program idea
  • DPS
  • Act 250 Environmental Board
  • VSJF
  • Funding commitment winter 2000

7
VBG Development
  • Criteria development
  • Andy Shapiro
  • August 2000 retreat at Vermont Law School
  • 40 local and regional green building experts
  • consensus-building approach
  • Fall 2000 v. 1.0
  • Outreach/networking
  • Marketing survey
  • Business plan

8
What is VBG?
  • A voluntary program for rating homes on
    green-ness or sustainability
  • New construction, for now
  • Existing homes if demand in the future
  • Based on scorable, weighted criteria
  • An umbrella program
  • Expands scope and widens appeal from just energy
    to all green issues

9
What Purposes Does VBG Serve?
  • A marketing tool for builders, developers,
    manufacturers and suppliers
  • An evaluation tool for homebuyers
  • A design and construction guide for architects,
    designers and builders
  • Standards for government and institutions
  • An education tool for all

10
Synergies / Partnerships
Suppliers Manufacturers Foresters Businesses
Architects Builders Professional Organizations
VBG
Not-for-Profits focussed on Environmental and
Social Issues
Local, State, and Federal Government Entities
11
VBG Scoring Structure
  • Checklist
  • Basic requirements
  • Threshold to gain certification
  • Scorecard
  • All basic requirements necessary
  • Points (1-3) per approach
  • Open-ended scoring
  • Total score adjusted based on house size
  • Compliance based on combination of inspections
    and self-documentation

12
What are the Categories?
  • 1. Siting and land use
  • 2. Building design
  • 3. Quality/durability
  • 4. Energy use
  • 5. Resource impacts
  • 6. Occupant Health/Indoor Air Quality
  • 7. Keeping it green Occupant education and
    OM

13
Siting and Land Use Strategies
  • Location Choose location to reduce the
    dependence on automobiles
  • Optimize land use to minimize damage to the
    environment and, where possible improve the
    environment.
  • Do not build on currently usable agricultural
    land.
  • Do not build on wetlands or sensitive wildlife
    habitat.
  • Community Promote community and security through
    site and building design.
  • Nature connection

14
Building Design Strategies
  • Efficient building design
  • Construct building that optimizes the use of
    interior space, so that overall building size is
    kept to a minimum while still meeting occupants'
    needs.
  • Minimize house size to reduce environmental
    impact
  • House size multipliers

15
Quality/Durability Strategies
  • Choose quality materials and details for minimum
    maintenance requirements.
  • Install materials with proper detailing to
    control degradation from sun, heat and moisture,
    including Woodgt8above soil Roof/wall flashing
    with siding cut 2 above roofing Minimum 10
    overhang size Durable drip line on ground
    membrane flashing on all rough openings
  • Minimum 25-year roof warranty.
  • 10 year warranty on insulated glass.

16
Energy Use Strategies
  • Envelope and Systems Implement a comprehensive
    approach to energy-efficient design.
  • ENERGY STAR (86 energy rating points)
  • Efficient Lighting and Appliances
  • Minimum of 4 ENERGY STAR fixtures
  • Sustainable Equipment
  • No electric heat
  • Points per PV Watt installed (.005)

17
Resource Impacts Strategies
  • Resource-efficient and environmentally
    responsible materials
  • No old-growth wood (except reused)
  • No tropical wood unless third-party certified
  • Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle
  • Create and implement a plan for construction
  • Encourage diversion of waste for recycling during
    occupancy
  • Provide space for recycling containers
  • Water efficiency
  • No landscaping that requires irrigation once
    mature

18
Occupant Health/Indoor Air Quality Strategies
  • Minimize sources of pollutants
  • Low formaldehyde and low VOC paints, solvents,
    adhesives
  • Provide ventilation to remove pollutants
    generated in the house
  • Install vented range hood
  • Install automatic, effective ventilation system

19
Keeping it Green - Occupant Education and OM
Strategies
  • Provide education for owners/occupants in the use
    and care of their dwellings
  • Provide training
  • Provide Users Manual
  • Provide VBG Scorecard to owners/occupants

20
Current Opportunities
  • UVM Student Housing Project
  • 100 units
  • Required minimum of 50 points VBG
  • City of Burlington adoption for Depot Triangle
    project
  • Mass. Renewable Energy Trust
  • Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Surdna Foundation
  • NRDC NJ Green Building Tax Credits

21
Phase II Goals Ramping Up
  • Create guidebook and worksheets
  • Develop scoring software and website
  • Establish program forms and procedures
  • Develop builder/architect training materials
  • Hire and train staff
  • Develop ads and marketing materials
  • Continued outreach

22
Phase III Full Operation
  • MARKETING
  • Print ads
  • Radio/TV ads
  • Earned media
  • Signs, brochures

CRITERIA AND RESOURCE REVIEWS AND UPDATES
Institutional Home
  • EDUCATION
  • Builder training
  • Program manual
  • Resource listing

Continuing OUTREACH AND NETWORKING
VBG
  • GREEN PRODUCTS
  • Manufacturers
  • Suppliers

PROJECT REVIEW and CERTIFICATION
23
The Future
  • Secure funding to continue development
  • Partner with others regionally nationally
  • Have LEED-R recognize and support VBG
  • Find an institutional home (VEIC?)
  • Build support and recognition for green building
  • Move the market towards sustainable building

24
Partnering Opportunities
  • Cross-reference standards
  • Joint training of builders, planners, govt
  • Partner with VSG Collaborative
  • Joint foundation applications
  • MRET incorporate VFS training criteria
  • Promote participating developers
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