Southwest Vermont Career Development Center Students Build State-of-the-Art Home
I sit on the Board of Directors of the Building Trades Department of the Career Development Center which teaches high school students building trades through the actual building of a house. This press release was produced by Efficiency Vermont in recognition of the most recent homes energy efficiency features.
Local Teachers Occupy Energy Efficient Residence
North Bennington, Vt. â€“ Students from the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
teamed up with the nonprofit Building Trades Corporation, Blue Heron Construction and
Efficiency Vermont to construct a house that serves as a model of energy efficiency both for the
students who built it and for the residents who are thrilled to occupy it.
Laurie and John Camelio, two local educators with a combined 50 years of experience in the
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, wanted a house that that was more energy efficient and
closer to town than the wood-stove-heated house (complemented by a Monitor heating system) in
Sandgate they had occupied for 30 years.
â€œAs teachers and members of the community, we like the idea of supporting the students at the
Southwest Vermont Career Development Center,â€ said the Camelios.
Approximately two dozen vocational students worked on the Camelioâ€™s new house, garnering
incredible work experience in the process. According to Jim Gilbert of the Southwest Vermont
Career Development Centerâ€™s Building Trades group, almost every student who participated in
the construction program went on to a job in the industry.
The construction of the Camelioâ€™s North Bennington home was made possible by the Building
Trades Corporation, a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the Southwest Vermont Career
Development Center that provides the vision and funding for the student-staffed building projects.
Chairman Jim Goodine, who also is an owner of Blue Heron Construction, noted that local
craftsmen â€“ specialists in plumbing, electric, HVAC, etc. â€“ on the Career Development Center
committee led the team effort.
When Jay Walsh of Efficiency Vermont inspected the Camelioâ€™s new home prior to the final
touches completed by the residents, he noted how well it had been constructed.
â€œYou would never know that this house had been built by students,â€ said Walsh. â€œThe quality is
good, from the tight building envelope to the ventilation to the appliances and lighting. This
residence is very energy efficient.â€
The house received a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score of 58. The HERS scale starts
at 100, with each one-point reduction corresponding to a one percent reduction in energy
consumption. Thus, the Camelioâ€™s home is roughly 42 percent more energy efficient than a
standard home. Key energy efficiency features of the ENERGY STARÂ® -Rated house include:
â€¢ Foam insulation that acts as an air and sound barrier.
â€¢ High-performance windows and doors that contribute to the efficiency of the building.
â€¢ Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) that supplies fresh air while exhausting stale air. The
system also recovers between 60-75 percent of the heat being exhausted and preheats
the fresh air as it is brought into the home.
â€¢ ENERGY STAR-Rated products that can reduce energy typically consumed by up to 75
percent for lighting and 10 percent for appliances.
During their first winter in their new home, the Camelios were amazed at its energy performance.
The house was comfortable because the heating level was always the same, which was not
possible in the Camelioâ€™s prior home that was heated by a wood stove. This year, the Camelios
burned only one tank of fuel during the entire winter-heating season and they were more
Building Trades Corporation chairman Jim Goodine is excited to have had the opportunity to work
with the next generation of home builders in Vermont, noting that Efficiency Vermont was a great
partner throughout the entire process.
â€œWeâ€™ve got students building state-of-the-art energy efficient homes,â€ said Goodine. â€œTo me,
thatâ€™s pretty incredible, and a great sign of things to come.â€
Efficiency 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.
Bennington VT, North Bennington VT, Press Release