Local Architect Hones Skills, Becomes Vermont Rep
Alan Benoit of Sustainable Design in Manchester, recently participated in a series of educational events to further refine his ability to provide affordable and energy efficient architecture services. Benoit attended Building Science Fundamentals, an in-depth seminar on the design of durable, efficient buildings, presented by Joseph Lstiburek, one of the world’s authorities on energy-efficient construction techniques. He also attended a seminar on the specific concerns involved when renovating existing buildings. Topics included moisture management, insulation techniques, historic preservation and other topics that must be analyzed before executing a renovation. Alan also completed a six-week certified passive house consultant refresher course to learn the latest on passive building materials, windows, mechanicals and retrofit projects, during which the Passive House Institute of the US launched PHIUS+ 2015, a climate-specific building standard for North America that sets aggressive but attainable building performance to substantially cut energy.
Additionally, Benoit was selected to be a Vermont representative at AIA’s Committee on the Environment Leadership Summit (COTE), an invitation-only event held in Portland, Maine. The AIA’s 2030 Challenge calls for all new buildings and major renovations to be carbon-neutral by the year 2030. The summit invited leaders from each state to collaborate and discuss the biggest obstacles to this initiative for Northern New England. “It was an honor to be chosen to represent Vermont at the AIA’s COTE Summit and to be surrounded by peers focused on re-defining the profession of architecture,” said Benoit. “And what a great experience it has been to learn directly from Katrina Klingenberg, founder of the US Passive House movement. Having Joe Lstiburek’s books in my office and reading his articles online is one thing, but sitting with the legend, sipping a beer in his man-cave and being able to ask him about anything, was amazing!” Alan may be reached at 802-362-4310 or