William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Net Zero Putney School Project Receives Grant Photovoltaic System
For immediate release:
April 28, 2009



putneyschoolWaitsfield, VT-William Maclay Architects & Planners (WMAP), architectural firm for New England's first net zero energy educational facility, was notified that the Putney School Field House Project has received a $221,000 grant from Vermont's Clean Energy Development Fund. The grant will partly fund the purchase and installation of a 36.8 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

WMAP is leading the design team that determined the energy and environmental goals for the net zero energy facility. A net zero energy building is one that produces as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. The Putney School solar PV system will supplement electric power purchased from the local electric utility, but is expected to produce enough solar electricity over the course of the year to equal the facility's total annual energy use.

Currently under construction, the facility includes 16,000 square feet of athletic, educational and social space adjacent to outdoor recreational, garden and gathering spaces. The Putney School Field House Project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2009.

The Putney School is an independent coeducational boarding day school for grades 9 through 12. Vermont's Clean Energy Development Fund was established in 2005 to promote the development of renewable energy generation and combined heat and power technologies in the state.

About William Maclay Architects & Planners:
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.