William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Seventh Generation Phase 1 - Burlington, Vermont

Seventh Generation is committed to becoming the world's most trusted brand of authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois that states, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations."

 
Energy Efficient Building Design - Seventh Generation Headquarters Phase 1 -  Burlington, Vermont - Maclay Architects
 

In the design of their new headquarters, Seventh Generation held a high standard for sustainable, energy efficient and socially responsible work space. Their goal was to create a workplace supporting and embodying their core values and corporate brand. They choose to locate in the Lake & College Building, a large mixed use LEED-CS Silver commercial project, located in a regenerated downtown district on the waterfront of Lake Champlain.

 
LEED-CS Silver commercial project - Seventh Generation Headquarters Phase 1 -  Burlington, Vermont - Maclay Architects
 
To open the center of the building, a hole was cut in the upper floors, bringing daylight into the deepest and darker areas of the building. Over this hole in the roof, six large energy efficient skylights were installed. This open space also embodied one of the core goals of the new headquarters design by unifying and connecting employees through a shared open stairway. Materials and systems used throughout the project were chosen for their contribution to the environmental goals of the project. This included evaluating products on the basis of product origin, toxicity, recycled content, energy use, volatile organic compound (VOC) content, durability and recyclability. Products were chosen based on these factors, as well as their appropriateness to the application. Other factors in material selection included the social responsibility practices of the manufacturer and a preference for working with locally owned Vermont businesses.
 
Natural Lighting - Seventh Generation Headquarters Phase 1 -  Burlington, Vermont - Maclay Architects