William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
The New Net Zero: Endorsements

"If I could recommend only one book on low-energy, green building today, this would be it."

Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen, and president of the Resilient Design Institute

"Design is the first signal of human intention. Thoreau once wrote, 'What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?' Bill Maclay thoroughly describes an intentional architect's Platonic search for truth in beauty and Aristotelian search for truth in science with a Hippocratic oath to seek to 'do no harm.' With this fine book he provides a robust foundation for buildings that can rise up to become beneficial to people, place and planet."

William McDonough, coauthor of Cradle to Cradle and The Upcycle, founder of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

"This book will become a game changer at a pivotal point in history. The New Net Zero is a technical manifesto ... Its goal is to transform the built environment into landscapes that heal, while reversing climate change. Immensely practical, thorough, and technologically comprehensive: it is a masterful job."

John Todd, founder, John Todd Ecological Designs

"The New Net Zero demonstrates how it is essential to build on human and other natural-system relationships to succeed. There is hope in these pages; this book goes a long way to prove that a sustainable future is possible and practical."

Bill Reed, coauthor of The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building

"The New Net Zero is comprehensive, authoritative, beautifully written, well illustrated, and incredibly timely. With the effects of climate change escalating rapidly, moving away from fossil-fuel energy has become desperately necessary. Maclay has gracefully delivered a detailed manual for the big design and building breakthrough that can happen now."

Tedd Benson, author of Building the Timber Frame House