This Week’s Regional Energy Events


January 20, 2015: Roadmap to Energy Efficiency; 6:00-7:30; Windham-Windsor Housing Trust, Birge Street, Brattleboro.

January 22, 2015: SEON Annual Meeting; 4:00-6:00; SEON Conference Room, 532 Putney Road, Brattleboro

January 28, 2015: Monthly Meeting of the Building Science Guild; 3:00-6:00; SEON Conference Room, 532 Putney Rd.  Brattleboro

February 2, 2015: Monthly Meeting of the Brattleboro Energy Committee; 5:00-6:30; Brattleboro Municipal Building.

February 4-5, 2015: Efficiency Vermont’s Better Building by Design Annual Conference, So. Burlington

February 18, 2015: VT Rural Development Summit: Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change; 8:00-5:00 Vermont Technical College, Randolph

February 23, 2015: Energy Self-Reliant Communities in Germany; 7:00-8:30; Rockingham Free Public Library, Bellows Falls

February 25, 2015: Monthly Meeting Building Science Guild; 3:00-6:00; SEON Conference Room, 532 Putney Rd., Brattleboro

February 26, 2015: Monthly SEON Board of Directors Meeting; 4:30-6:00; SEON Conference Room; 532 Putney Rd.


SEON included as a Vital Project for Windham Dounty region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS), the economic development organization behind the CEDS, announced the plan’s top dozen projects during a press event at the River Garden on January 12.  The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) was one of the 12 making  the list:

The selection team recognized the critical role SEON plays to develop the “Green Building Products, Services, and Research” Industry Cluster in the effort to transform our local economy.  SEON not only hopes to serve as the coordinating hub for the project, but currently is the premier organization providing learning systems to this region’s green energy practitioners through its Building Science Guild and the invaluable assistance of Peter Yost from BuildingGreen, Inc.  SEON serves a key networking role by representing this region’s “Green” assets to prospective entrepreneurs and businesses interested in locating to an area rich with intellectual, natural, technology assets.


Green Building Products and Services Value Chain in Windham County

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategy has completed the Comprehensive Economic Strategy (CEDS) and filed the report to the Economic Development Administration in Washington.  A key findings was the identification of the Green Building Products and Services industry sector as an emerging opportunity in Windham County.  Given the presence of BuildingGreen, Inc., the Healthy Building Network, local entrepreneurs, cutting edge practical lab and field research, committed high performance contractors, and the engagement of SEON to provide the infrastructure led to this conclusion.  The attachment captures the overall network of this emerging cluster.

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Prudent Living’s Train Story Link

Paul Biebel’s Prudent Living train story featuring energy conservation was recently aired on Vermont’s WCAX.  Here’s the link to the newscast:

Well, WCAX ( Channel 3 )  aired a spot on our train display last friday.  Here’s the link below.  I hope you like it.

designPH Training in California, Vermont & New York

Originally posted by Ken Levenson on 475 High Performance Building Supply’s website.

designPH Training in California, Vermont & New York

Posted on May 13, 2014 by 475ken                       The Passive House Institute’s (PHI’s) new designPH software allows one to use SketchUp to create a model for preliminary suitability studies – to tweak the design’s energy balance and physical form in the same interface.  The software is loaded with default values and materials properties, so you can specify materials and easily customize the results.  Once a compliant design is achieved, key building characteristics can be exported for integration into PHPP.  You can order designPH from 475 here. (Special price discounting is available to those registered for the below designPH courses.)

Mercifully you don’t have to figure this piece of software out on your own.   Andrew Peel, an accredited PHI building certifier and trainer from the Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) is leading a one-day course that will get you up to speed and on your way.   So far Andrew’s designPH teaching schedule is:

In this one-day course, participants will learn how to use designPH for the design and certification of Passive House buildings. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the building design process, from building model creation to exporting to PHPP. A major focus will be on iterative design to achieve the Passive House criteria. A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting a designPH model for building certification.

For more information see course links above.  See also PHI’s designPH website here.