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International Energy Efficiency

Finance Forum

Vienna, April 25, 2017


The Finance Forum is an interactive event that aims to develop a community financiers dedicated to making energy efficiency the new normal across the globe. The workshop will provide a forum where investors and contractors can learn from each other in order to foster future cooperation and investment. The focus of discussions will concentrate on bridging the gap between viable project development, customer uptake and requirements for successful finance. The agenda will allow ample opportunity for interactive exchange between project owners and investors with a focus on deal volume, credit viability and problem solving.



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San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, CA
May 31, 2015 to June 02, 2015

Finance Forum Overview

The ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum is the premier conference dedicated to catalyzing investment in, and scaling the market for, energy efficiency. Since 2007, attendees have enjoyed significant value in meeting and mingling with thought leaders and game-changing innovators from the industry at this important networking opportunity. Each year, the conference features more than 20 sessions covering cutting-edge developments in this dynamic and fast-growing space, and provides a foundation for tracking progress as energy efficiency and related socially responsible investments progress toward the mainstream.

The Energy Efficiency Finance Forum is an intimate venue for learning, meeting new partners, forming innovative collaborations and initiatives, and sourcing deals.

Key topics from recent Forums include:

  • Deal-sourcing and capital. Each Finance Forum captures the most recent developments within this market and sheds a light on exciting new investment opportunities.
  • Financing models and structures. Implementers across the country discuss how they’re deploying innovative market mechanisms such as on-bill repayment and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).
  • Program design. Industry experts share lessons learned on how to structure utility, state, and local programs for maximum market penetration and impact.
  • Driving demand.  Hear about the latest findings on customer motivation for pursuing energy efficiency as well as new policies and private sector solutions that are driving investment.
  • Impact of the policy landscape. Policymakers discuss the market opportunity generated by shifts in the federal, state, and local policy landscape including EPA Rule 111(d), benchmarking and disclosure laws, energy efficiency resource standards, and resiliency planning.
  • Serving “hard to reach” markets.  Lenders and impact investors highlight untapped opportunities in traditionally underserved markets including LMI households, small business, and multifamily affordable housing.
  • Data initiatives, valuation, and underwriting.  Learn about the latest public and private efforts and initiatives to correct information asymmetries that inhibit proper evaluation of energy efficiency investments.


Green Building Solutions

Summer School

Vienna, July 15 – 31, 2015


This academic program links theoretical approaches to economic and monetary alternatives with subject-specific content from different scientific disciplines and work experience:

The variety of alternative economic and monetary systems that are already in practice worldwide.

Ecologic sustainability, population growth and the long-term management of natural resources and energy.

Business ethics, consumerism, solidarity and the common good: The need for a new philosophy.


The BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences contributes to a sustainable use of natural resources by connecting natural sciences and engineering and economic science.

Economy for the Common Good offers an answer to current ecological, social and economic problems. As of 2015, more than 1,700 companies have committed themselves to the initiative.

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The Potential of Passivhaus

better and VEIC are pleased to welcome

Günter Lang of Passivhaus Austria








Günter will be highlighting commercial scale projects and discussing the integration of Passivhaus in to building codes all across Europe.

Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30pm

VEIC – 128 Lakeside Burlington, VT – 4th Floor

Seats are limited!

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Before the NESEA – Building Energy Conference

Come by the Harpoon Brewery to network with high efficiency energy developers & Passivhaus Practitioners

 Great opportunity to meet folks that are doing large

scale Passivhaus projects

Monday March 2nd from 5:30 – 7pm

 Beers are on US!  

Please RSVP below or by email ( by noon on the 2nd

we need to give the brewery a headcount

  Hope to see you there!

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An Evening Talk with Günter Lang about Passive House Buildings in Maine.

March 16th, 5:00 – 7:30

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Passive House Alliance Vermont:

First Meeting of the Northern VT Building Science Group

@ Better, 7 Kilburn Street, Suite 210, Burlington, VT 05401

Thu., 20 Nov, 2014; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come join us for the first meeting. We’ll be diving right in. The NVBSG will be an open forum where we will be talking about questions we have regarding the project we are currently working on and asking the group for answers.

Bring: Your building science questions and alcohol (beer, hard cider, etc) to consume and share.

Who can come: Building professionals – builders, architects, consultants, etc. who want to ask questions about building durability, materials, etc.

We’re holding it in the evening to see how that works for everyone. We’re starting in Burlington but can move about once we get the group established.

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Passive House Academy: Consultant & Designer Training

Better, Inc. and Resource will be hosting the Passive House Academy Consultant & Designer Certification Course.  The course will be held in two modules:

Module 1:  November 6-9 2014  Module 2:  November 20-23 2014

This course is aimed at ALL Building Professionals, including Architects and Mechanical, Civil, Structural and Electrical Engineers, Contractors and Builders. Ask us about University of Vermont credit!

For registration and more information, visit the Passive House academy website here.

(Important to note: Better, Inc. is currently working to receive state grants in order to subsidize registration cost)

Passive House Academy: Tradesperson Training

Better, Inc. and Resources will be hosting the Passive House Academy Tradesperson Training and certification Course.

This course is aimed at building contractors as well as designers and consultants looking to learn the practical skills required of building to the Passive House standard. Whilst this course is focused mainly on the challenges of the building envelope, an excellent overview of Passive House mechanical systems is also provided.

Ask us about University of Vermont Credit credit!

For registration and more information, visit the Passive House academy website here.