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Building Science: Volume 1, Issue 5


SEON’s Sustainable Energy Outreach Network Newsletter
In this issue:
Message from the Executive Director
SEON in action
Our members in action
Calling all members: Got Visuals?
Survey Question: To Spray Foam Insulation or Not to Spray Foam Insulation
Interesting Links: Inflatable skyscrapers, 3-D printed raw earth house, Diaper house, Ancient beauty and more
Meetings & Conferences
Member Resources
Job Opportunities
Welcome New Members
Thank you, Members
From SEON’s Executive Director

Dear Members,

I recently had the honor of representing SEON at the Vermont State House where I spoke about the vital importance of builder certification in our industry. This commitment to certification and continuous learning is integral to improving standards, combating fraud, and enhancing the reputation of builders in Vermont and beyond. We are not just about Vermont; we are extending our reach across New England and the Northeast, sharing our vision of sustainable, high-performance building.

SEON submitted an Opinion ArticleVermont’s housing crisis highlights need for quality builders – to media outlets throughout the state as a follow-up to the above Press Conference.  The Battleboro Reformer and the Vermont Business Magazine published the article and I’ve already heard from Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT about a potential partnership.

Our digital footprints are growing with the launch of our Instagram and TikTok accounts. This expansion allows us to connect with a broader audience, educating the public about the hallmarks of a good builder, thanks in part to Robert Swinburne’s Architectural Sketch Fridays.

We’re also reaching out to future builders with our ‘Greening Your Career‘ features. It’s our privilege to provide resources and inspire the next generation in their journey towards mastery in this field.

Please stay connected as we continue our mission to build a more sustainable, energy-efficient region. Your support and dedication are invaluable in this endeavor.
Guy Payne
Executive Director
SEON in Action

SEON at the press conference held at the Vermont State House this month. SEON’s involvement in the press conference showcased our commitment to promoting certification and sustainable practices in the construction industry. Read the full article here.
Our Members in Action

Oh Yes, That Spray Foam Insulation Article

Hats off to our members (and instructors) Efficiency Vermont, Jim Bradley, Chris West and Peter Yost, all who showed up as experts in the latest Vermont Digger article about the nightmares of spray foam.
Oh Beauty!

All the wood in this Shelterwood Construction’s Instagram reel came from Vermont. Go read the post (it’s super good) and see the beautiful all electric house.
Oh Unity!

Join Unity Homes on Facebook, June 1st, 12pm EST – for a live session to learn about on ADUs and small houses.
Calling All Members

🏡 Your work deserves the spotlight!Let us help you promote it to the world. Send us your impressive photos, videos, and architectural sketches. Get started by emailing us!
Survey Question
                     Click ► What are your thoughts on Foam Insulation?                                                                    
Look for the responses in the next newsletter.
Interesting Links

Inflatable, sustainable skyscrapers 🎈anyone?

►AI Revolution: 🌍 Decarbonizing Commercial Buildings and the Future of Sustainable Homes!

► The World’s First 3D-printed house crafted from raw earth! 🌱🏡

► This six-story, 140,000-square-foot building 🏢 was made to be demountable, where even the smallest screws and bolts can be detached and reused.

► This house was built partly from recycled diapers 👶🍼

► At 9,400 years old ⏳🔙, this is one of the oldest buildings still standing.
Meetings & Conferences
Event: Vermont Green Building Network’s Spring Green Building Tour of HULA
Recipient of a 2022 Vermont Green Building Award. Sponsored by one of our members, Efficiency Vermont.
Date: June 2
Place: Burlington, VT

Event: Women in Architecture Meet UpJoin AIA Vermont for a Women in Architecture to connect with female and female-identifying architects, designers, and engineers in Vermont. A casual get-together to discuss how women architects and designers can collaborate and support one another.
Date: June 8
Place: Colchester, VT

Event: Green Home Design & Details
Come discuss site design, building envelope design, climatic design, durable construction detailing, energy-efficiency, passive and active solar strategies, resource efficient material choices, indoor air quality, high performance building systems, heating and cooling equipment, sustainable forestry, and the ineffability of day-light and beauty.Date: June 23Place: OnlineEvent: Building Healthy Culture in Construction
Helm Constructions Solutions’ Build a healthier workplace culture by shedding light on patriarchal and toxic habits you may not even be aware hold sway, discussing their root causes and net effects, and considering ways to change them.
Date: June 23-28
Place: Online

Event: Building Science and Beer SeriesJoin a lively, mostly informal discussions about Building Science issues and questions facing builders, designers, and homeowners in Vermont. Plus – a panel of local experts and provide a discussion topic for each gathering.
Date: July 30
Place: Bristol, VT

Visit Yestermorrow Design Build for their on-site classes

Visit Efficiency Vermont’s website for listing of their upcoming courses. efficiencyvermont.com/events

► Certified with us? Be sure your name is on the Vermont Contractor Registry Map.

Share this Efficiency Aid by State resources with Your Clients so they can afford 💸 to transform their dreams into sustainable homes in New England & New York!
Job Opportunities
• Experienced Estimator, Project Manager, Experienced Site Supervisors, Carpenters, Carpenter Helpers, Laborers
All Seasons Construction Corp: Springfield, Vt

• Experienced Carpenter, Weatherization Professional, Energy Auditor, Project Developer
Earthshare Construction: Lebanon, NH

Experienced Carpenter, Working Foreman/Lead Carpenter
GPI Construction, Brattleboro, VT

• Experience Carpenters and General Carpenters
House Wright Construction, Inc., Newbury, VT

• Lead Carpenter and Carpenter
Mathes Hulme Builders, Brattleboro, VT

For more jobs, check out Helm’s Job Board
Welcome New Members
Shelterwood Construction
Thank you, Members

All Seasons Construction, Springfield, VT
• Duane Case, Bellows Falls, VT
Efficiency Vermont, Winooski
Farnum Insulators, Dummerston, VT
• Friendly Homes, Brattleboro, VT
GPI Construction, Inc, Brattleboro, VT
• Green Mountain Enclosure Consulting, llc (Nate Gusakov)
HELM Construction Solutions, LLC, Brattleboro, VT
Housewright Construction, Inc, Newbury, VT
Integrated Solar Applications Corp. Brattleboro, VT
JA Saccoccio Workshop PLLC, Brattleboro, VT  
• Junio Anthes-Moody
Mindel & Morse Builders, Brattleboro, VT
Owl’s Head Builders, Guilford, VT
Sierra Pacific Windows, Red Bluff, CA
The Wadsworth Company LLC, Jamaica, VT
Wright Builders, Inc, Northampton, MA

Send email to Guy@BuildingScience.org if you have news, ideas or anything else to share
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