Remembering the 2020 RESNET Conference

As members of Viridiant staff continue to work remotely, we look back on our experiences at the annual RESNET Conference in February. The RESNET Building Performance Conference provides a diverse and dynamic opportunity for HERS raters to obtain usable solutions in an evolving industry. Viridiant staff attends every year to network with like-minded professionals and …

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Virginia Residential Energy Code Field Study Report Released!

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program is conducting a series of research studies investigating building energy code implementation to assist states in measuring energy code compliance and to identify areas of focus for future education & training initiatives. Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) led the initiative in Virginia and provided funding for Viridiant to …

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Award Finalists Honored at the Building Sustainability Conference & Awards

On Thursday, April 25th, regional leaders in the advancement of sustainable design and construction were honored at Viridiant’s Building Sustainability Conference & Awards. The annual event highlighted efforts to build sustainability in our communities and infrastructure with a focus on health, resilience, and innovation. This year’s event aimed to educate and recognize innovative solutions of …

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Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day with DMME

Viridiant staff recently visited a single-family home under renovation by Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and were joined by volunteers from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME). The home is a 1,200 square foot cape-cod built in 1969 and located just outside the Randolph neighborhood in Richmond, VA. Like many Habitat homes, …

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Winners Honored at 9th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

Winners Honored at 9th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards On Thursday, April 19th, just three days before Earth Day, regional leaders in the advancement of sustainable design and construction were honored at Viridiant’s Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards. The annual awards recognize the premier developers, builders, government officials, and other industry professionals for their work in advancing …

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VAEEC: Building Codes in Virginia

Viridiant’s Executive Director KC Bleile as well as Viridiant board member and EarthCraft homeowner Sylvia Hallock gave featured testimonials in Virginia Energy Efficiency Council’s Building Codes in Virginia (video available below). People want to live in higher performing homes, and Virginia has energy reduction goals. A modern-day building code would be an effective policy approach to address both goals. Click the video to learn more about the importance of energy efficient residential building codes in the Commonwealth. Further information available at

Annual Report & October Newsletter

Click here to see the full October Newsletter Dear Friends & Supporters, Thanks to your generous support, Viridiant continues to deliver the EarthCraft family of programs to thousands of individuals each year. After a decade of service, over 21,000 families are housed in sustainable, energy-efficient homes proven to save 35% when compared to standard code …

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Viridiant Awarded Virginia Residential Energy Code Field Study

Staff Post by Sean Evensen-Shanley, Director of Residential Operations The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been conducting field studies in select states around the country to determine the level of compliance with energy codes in the field. DOE affirms, “The goal of the study is to help document baseline practices, target areas for improvement, …

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Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy May Be Coming to a Community Near You!

Guest Post by Daniel Farrell, Virginia DMME Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is gaining momentum quickly nationally, and in Virginia local governments can authorize C-PACE assessments in their jurisdiction. C-PACE allows building owners longer-term financing of energy saving (or energy producing) improvements, such as insulation, new HVAC equipment or solar panels. C-PACE financing is …

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Viridiant Spring 2017 Newsletter

View Online Spring 2017 by the numbers TOP Q1 2017 EARTHCRAFT CERTIFIED HOMES BY CERTIFICATION LEVEL & ENERGY EFFICIENCY Bench Mark Builders – HERS 30, EarthCraft certified Green Valley Builders – HERS 44, EarthCraft and ENERGY STAR certified Green Mountain Construction – HERS 47, EarthCraft certified upcoming events EARTHCRAFT BUILDING PROFESSIONAL TRAINING Wednesday, May 17th, 9:00 AM – …

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