Scott + Partners Inc,Across Vermont, architects, builders and contractors are working to create more energy-efficient businesses and homes. Efficiency Vermont is proud to recognize a select number of those projects with its annual ‘Best of the Best’ Awards.Essex Junction firm Scott + Partners Architects was honored with a Merit Award and an Honor Award for its work for the East Montpelier Emergency Services Building and the State of Vermont Forensics Lab Building respectively.Award recipients were recognized at Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design 2011 conference this month. The conference focused on energy-efficient building design, construction, and renovation, and was attended by more than 1,000 professionals.The work of Vermont builders and contractors was considered in three areas of energy efficiency: commercial new construction and major renovation, residential new construction and residential renovation. The ‘Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction’ recognizes innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily buildings.For East Montpelier Emergency Services, Scott + Partners Architects created a new, energy-efficient building to house the town’s fire department and provide a training area for the town to utilize. The new facility includes efficient foundation, wall, and roof insulation as well as energy-efficient lighting and plumbing. All exterior windows are triple-glazed units that provide added insulation and comfort. Technology includes high efficiency ductless split air conditioners, demand-based ventilation, radiant floor heating and an air energy recovery unit.Estimated cost savings for the building are approximately $4,800 annually, with estimated energy savings of approximately 34,800kWh. Scott + Partners Architects was also honored for work for the State of Vermont Forensics Lab Building in Waterbury, VT, where the firm predicts a 50 percent reduction in annual HVAC costs and a 32 percent reduction in total building energy usage due to energy efficiency work.The building is a 34,000 square foot addition to the existing Vermont Public Safety Building. The space is used for ballistics testing, DNA processing, chemical matching and more. Scott + Partners Architects was charged with designing and building a structure that would serve the Vermont Department of Public Service for the next 50 years.The work displayed by all of the winners shows that Vermonters can save energy and money while also creating comfortable spaces for homeowners, businesses and schools for the long-term.For more information and a complete listing of all awards winners, please visit http://efficiencyvermont.com/pages/Business/BuildingEfficiently/BetterBu…(link is external)About Scott + Partners ArchitectsScott + Partners, Inc., is a full service architectural firm located in Essex Junction, Vermont providing planning and design services throughout Vermont and the Northeast. Architectural planning and design services include: Site Planning, Building Design, Interior Planning and Design, Building and Facility Programming, Building Code and Accessibility Reviews/ADA Compliance Assessment, Building Forensics and Project Specifications.About Efficiency VermontEfficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).