William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Maclay Architects Win Better Buildings by Design Competition
Carolyn Bates Photography

For immediate release:
February 12, 2009

Waitsfield, VT--William 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. The Waitsfield (VT) architectural firm was recognized by the judges for their "innovative and integrated design approach towards energy efficiency and high performance building."

The second of two NRG Systems buildings designed by William Maclay Architects & Planners (WMAP), the new building is almost completely powered by renewable energy. Ninety percent (90%) of the building's electricity is expected to be produced by a 70.6-kilowatt (kw) solar photovoltaic (PV) system and 95% of the building's heat is provided by renewable wood pellets. The building is also more energy efficient than the first LEED gold-certified building on the company's green campus in Hinesburg. Compared to a typical commercial building built to current energy codes, the new 31,000 square foot building is expected to cut the company's carbon footprint by 88,000 pounds annually through such features as a super-insulated building envelope, the solar PV system, a wood pellet boiler and a radiant heating and cooling system.

"NRG Systems wanted to go even further with renewables and energy efficiency with this second building," said WMAP President William Maclay, AIA, LEED® AP. "Thicker walls and cellulose insulation make the building tighter and more energy efficient. It goes way beyond current energy efficiency codes and serves as an excellent model for where our buildings need to go."

With the 70.6-kw solar PV system on NRG Systems' second building, the company's green campus now boasts the largest solar PV system in the state at 149.1 kilowatts. The building also makes extensive use of natural daylighting through the use of clerestory windows, skylights and the orientation of the building on the property. Whimsical floor tiles crafted by local artists and an exterior courtyard and labyrinth add unique design elements to the building's overall award-winning design. A gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council is anticipated for the building.

The Design Competition winners were announced at the Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design Conference. William Maclay Architects & Planners received first place recognition in the large building category and were one of two firms that received first place recognition overall. A total of nine design entries were judged.

Founded in 1982, William Maclay Architects & Planners is a Vermont-based architectural firm specializing in innovative, sustainable design for individuals, businesses and organizations seeking to create vibrant places for life, work and play. Firm founder and president, William Maclay, has worked in sustainable design since 1971, bringing his lifelong passion for the environment into his work through the design and creation of beautiful, sustainable buildings. Through its team of LEED-accredited professionals, WMAP offers a full-range of architectural services for all phases of residential, commercial and institutional projects. Recent projects include master planning and design for the expanded green campus of wind manufacturer NRG Systems in Hinesburg (VT), the net zero energy design and construction of the Putney (VT) School Field House and the interior design and renovation for Seventh Generation's Burlington (VT) headquarters.