William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Announcing Our Second Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)

PH certification mark Large - R NEWSROOMThe Maclay Architects team is excited to announce Laura Bailey's accreditation as a PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). Laura completed the 8 day intensive training course in December at Yestermorrow Design/Build School located in Waitsfield, VT.

Aiken Center Receives SBIC's Beyond Green Award

Aiken_Final_ThumbThe George D. Aiken Center was presented with the Sustainable Building Industry Council's Beyond Green Award January 10th at the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo.


Newton Residence Reaches Another Milestone Towards Net Zero Energy
Newton_Final_ThumbUtility data for the recently completed, net zero anticipated home in Newton Massachusetts shows the home has achieved this goal from November 2011 through June 2012.
Ellis Block & Putney General Store Win Preservation Honor Award

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The Ellis Block and Putney General Store were recipients of the Preservation Trust of Vermont's 2012 Preservation Honor Award. The award, presented at the annual conference in Wilmington, Vermont in June 2012, recognizes projects whice make special contributions to the preservation of Vermont's historic architecture.

View short films about the award winners.

Putney General Store wins ACEC Grand Award
PGSFinal_1They Putney General Store is the recipient of the 2012 American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont's Grand Award for engineering excellence. The award was presented to structural engineers Stevens and Associates at the ACEC/VT Annual meeting and awards banquet held on June 7, 2012.
Newton Residence Becomes Energy Producer

Newton_Final_ThumbUtility data for the recently completed, net-zero anticipated home in Newton Massachusetts shows the home has recently begun to produce surplus electricity.


Morrisville Community Housing Open House

MorrOpenHouse_ThumbOn Thursday, October 20th community members celebrated the opening of Morrisville Community Housing.

Bill Maclay to Speak at the Mitsubishi Training Center

Bill Maclay of Maclay Architects, along with R. Carter Scott of Transformations, Inc. gave a talk on high-performance and net zero buildings at the Mitsubishi Training Center in Southborough, Massachusetts on November 10th, 2011.
Vermont Renewable Energy Conference and Expo 2011


Bill Maclay of Maclay Architects, along with Tim Maker of Community Biomass Systems gave a talk entitled "Renewable Energy Project Case Studies" at the 2011 Vermont Renewable Energy Conference and Expo on October 12th in Burlington, Vermont.

The talk featured several Maclay Architects net-zero projects in New England, and outline the transition from single family housing to sustainable communities.

Visit the Renewable Energy Vermont website

NESEA Green Buildings Open House

Three Maclay Architects projects were featured on NESEA's Green Buildings Open House tour on Saturday, October 1st.


The Putney Residence in Putney, Vermont
The Putney School Field House in Putney, Vermont
The Newton Residence in Newton, Massachusetts

     "NESEA's Green Buildings Open House is the largest sustainable energy event in the Northeast. For the past 15 years, the GBOH program has inspired thousands of individuals to learn about and implement energy efficient and renewable energy solutions in their homes. The goal of the GBOH event is to enable participants to see, firsthand, energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in their communities and motivate them to adopt similar solutions for their own homes, commercial buildings, schools, etc.

     At host sites, participants are able to talk with home and business owners, ask questions, and see how their renewable energy technologies actually work. GBOH also connects building owners and managers with professionals who can provide them with sustainable energy services or energy efficiency retrofits. GBOH runs in conjunction with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour."

Putney School Field House featured in Vermont Magazine


putneywcows_thumbThe Putney School field house is featured in Vermont Magazine's Fall Foliage and Back to School, September/October 2011 issue. The article "The Putney School Field House: A Very 'Green' Building!" recognizes the field house as both USGBC LEED Platinum certified and net zero.

"The Putney School Field House has used 48,374 kilowatt-hours of electricity, while its renewable energy sources - 16 sun-tracking photovoltaic cells - have produced 51,371 kilowatt-hours. Not only is the Field House net-zero, it is actually producing nearly 3,000 more kilowatt-hours of energy than it is consuming!"

Photovoltaic Output Data Available for Viewing Online


Current output data for Maclay Architect's recently installed 17.55 kW photovoltaic carport is available for viewing online through Sunny Portal.

Putney School Field House Achieves LEED Platinum Rating

putneywcows_thumbThe Putney School Field House designed by Maclay Architects has earned LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Field House Achieves LEED Platinum Rating.

Bill Maclay Recognized as an Expert on Net Zero Design

ASHRAE_thumbBill Maclay and the Putney School field house were featured in a white paper entitled "Net-Zero Energy Buildings: What the Case Studies Teach Us"

View the full article

Sustainability Knows No Borders: 2011 ASHRAE Annual Conference

putneywcows_thumbThe American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) held their annual conference on June 25th - June 29th in Montreal. Bill Maclay, along with Andy Shapiro of Energy Balance and Dan Lewis of Kohler & Lewis gave a talk entitled "Approaching Net-Zero in Vermont: The Putney School Field House," a case study of the Putney School field house.


Visit the ASHRAE conference webpage.
Bill Maclay Speaks at Better Buildings by Design 2011

Eff_VT_2011Bill Maclay spoke at Efficiency Vermont's Better Buildings by Design conference on February 9, 2011. Bill, along with Tyler Scott of Scott+Partners Architects gave a talk entitled "High Performance Building Envelope Retrofits."

Bennington State Office Building (1 of 2)

Bennington State Office Building (2 of 2)

George D. Aiken Center

Vermont Architect Bill Maclay Recognized as an Exemplar Innovator in New Book: The Innovator’s Way

Waitsfield, Vermont — Despite today’s fast paced and digitally driven world, examples of effective and sustained innovation are few and far between.  Authors Peter J. Denning and Robert Dunham explore and re-define the elusive and yet highly sought after concept of innovation in their recently published book called The Innovator’s Way. The authors profile seven disparate individuals who embody true innovation, including local sustainable architect, Bill Maclay of Waitsfield.

New Net Zero Building Resources Online

Net-zero building design is generating increasing interest as concerns about energy costs and carbon emissions mount. Vermont architectural firm, Maclay Architects, has added a new section to its website to serve as a resource for those interested in learning more about net-zero energy buildings (NZEBs). The section offers information on the different, and sometimes conflicting, ways the term "net-zero" is being used, net-zero design plans for homeowners, net-zero energy case studies for projects the firm has worked on, and links to other resources.

Nation's first net zero secondary school building

putneywcows_thumbVermont architectural firm Maclay Architects received top honors for the net-zero energy design of the Putney School field house in the new construction (small building) category at Efficiency Vermont's 2010 Better Buildings by Design Conference.


Manufacturing Site Designed by Maclay Architects Earns Second Gold

th_nrg_p2A second manufacturing and office building designed by Maclay Architects for Vermont wind measurement manufacturer NRG Systems has earned LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.


Maclay Architects Publishes White Paper on Zero Energy Buildings

Maclay Architects has published the white paper Net zero buildings: Providing stable returns in an unstable world by Bill Maclay.

Net Zero Putney School Project Receives Grant Photovoltaic System

putneyschoolSystem will produce enough electricity to meet facility's total annual energy use.

Maclay Architects Win ASLA Open Space Design Award

pyralisk_arts_parkWilliam Maclay Architects & Planners (WMAP) won an Honor Award in the 2009 Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Open Space Competition for their design work on the Pyralisk Arts Park project in Montpelier, Vermont.

Maclay Architects Win Better Buildings by Design Competition

nrg_60riggsrd_cafesmallWilliam Maclay Architects & Planners won first place in the large buildings category of the Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design 2009 competition for their work on the recently completed green building for wind manufacturer NRG Systems.

Putney Master Plan
WMAP selected for The Putney School Sustainable Campus Master Plan
Maclay Architects hosts Strategic Energy Action Workshop
workshop_thumbMaclay Architects hosts Strategic Energy Action Workshop. November 19, 2009 
2030 Challenge

Architecture 2030

Carbon neutral/energy actions for WMAP projects



Join Architecture 2030 with William Maclay Architects & Planners

Architecture 2030 aims for all buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030, an ambitious but achievable and necessary goal. WMAP is a member who is creating projects that meet this 2030 challenge. To read a further explanation about the 2030 challenge go here, WMAP and Architecture 2030, or go directly to their web page, www.architecture2030.org

Vermont Studio Center
WMAP selected for The Vermont Studio Center Energy Study
VGBN Hosts NRG Tour March 3, 2009

NRG Tour: March 3, 2009
Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN), NRG, Business Interiors and William Maclay Architects and Planners (WMAP) team up for an educational tour of The NRG facilities.