Business Construction & Renovation Safety

This service helps commercial and industrial builders and developers incorporate the most energy efficient products and systems possible when building or renovating.  It is designed to help customers exceed the City of Burlington's required Guidelines for Energy Efficient Construction (which adopted the statewide CBES energy code. Click here to read the latest code).  By working directly and early in the process with designers and owners, BED assists in the choice of energy efficient systems, products, materials and construction techniques that meet business and energy needs.

This service provides financial incentives for the installation of cost-effective efficiency measures.  This includes a minimum package of efficiency criteria including lighting, motors and HVAC systems that all customers must include to be eligible to participate.  Eligible participants gain technical assistance, energy code verification services and financial incentives to help with efficient equipment costs.
Natural gas is almost universally available in Burlington.  To insure comprehensiveness in building and system designs, BED coordinates with Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) on all projects.  The two utilities notify each other when projects are identified or when major changes are considered by the developers or the design teams.

Steps to Follow

As is the case with other development in Burlington, the Inspection Division of the Department of Public Works (DPW) is the enforcement authority for the energy efficiency code. However, the BED Energy Services staff helps to administer the energy code and assists the Inspection Division and applicants with energy code applicability, interpretation and construction plan review.  The Inspection Division will typically require a letter of approval from BED prior to issuing a building permit.

Contact the DPW Inspection Division (863-9094) and BED Energy Services staff (865-7342) early in your planning process to discuss  the project scope and compliance with the energy code.

Request free consultation from BED Energy Services staff for ideas to best meet the energy code and cost-effective design improvements that go beyond the code.

Provide a set of design documents to BED Energy Services staff and request an energy code plan review and letter of approval for DPW.  This is a free service and BED will act quickly to review your project.
BED will advise you of any building components that do not meet the energy code and will advise on how to make necessary design improvements.

General information regarding city building permits

Burlington Department of Public Works, Inspection Division
645 Pine Street, Burlington, VT., 05401, 802-863-9094
https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/DPW/

FOR ARCHITECTS, SUPPLIERS, HVAC, LIGHTING AND BUILDING CONTRACTORS

Architects, engineers, developers, HVAC and electric contractors and building contractors have a tremendous influence on the many decisions that go into creating buildings that perform well over time and that use less energy and cost less to operate.
 
BED’s energy efficiency services help these professionals incorporate the most energy efficient products and systems possible when building or renovating with the goal of exceeding the City of Burlington's required Guidelines for Energy Efficient Construction, which adopted the statewide CBES energy code as of January 1, 2007. Free hard copies of the updated Vermont Commercial Energy Codebook are available at BED (802-865-7342 or e-mail us) or the Public Service Board. Electronic Copies are also available for purchase through the International Code Council Website.
 
By working directly and early in the process with the project team, BED assists in the choice of energy efficient systems, products, materials and construction techniques that meet business and energy needs.
 
BED provides financial incentives for the installation of cost effective efficiency measures.  Eligible participants gain technical assistance, energy code verification services and financial incentives to help with efficient equipment costs.
 
Natural gas is almost universally available in Burlington.  To insure comprehensiveness in building and system designs, BED coordinates with Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) on all projects.
 
If you are planning a new construction project or building renovation, contact BED for assistance from permitting through inspection and occupancy.
 
BED offers:
      • technical assistance with building design and energy code compliance
      • possible funding for your design team to evaluate various building system options exceeding the energy code
      • possible funding assistance for third-party commissioning
      • cash incentives for highly efficient equipment and systems
 
For more information,
contact BED's Energy Services Area at 802-865-7342 or e-mail us.
Please visit the Energy Efficiency Incentives and Information page for more information on current rebates and available tax credits.
 
If you are planning a new construction project or building renovation, contact BED for assistance from permitting through inspection and occupancy.