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William Maclay

Bill Maclay, founder and president of Maclay Architects, pursued architecture as a career in order to make the world a better place. He has been a lecturer and educator at colleges, universities, and conferences focused on environmental design. He is also past president of the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and has served on the board of directors of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, among other organizations.

Maclay and his firm have long been involved in research on all aspects of environmental design�including sustainable design, indoor air quality, building science, material selection, and related issues.

Maclay committed to using renewable energy to create a non fossil-fuel-based future in 1970. He developed, designed, and built one of the first renewable communities in the US; and his innovative renewable and energy-conserving projects have been exhibited and published internationally. Maclay's projects range from single-family residences to multifamily residential, commercial, and institutional projects.

He has a BA from Williams College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Maclay Architects is located in Waitsfield, Vermont.

Photo credit to John Earle

    William's Upcoming Events

    • Bill Maclay Architectural Record Webinar
      September 18, 2014, 2:00 pm

      Architectural Record Approaching Net-Zero: Architects, Engineers & Researchers Propel Net-Zero Energy Buildings Toward the Mainstream September 18 2 – 3pm ET The concept of net-zero buildings has set off a spark of interest in the green building sector. Policies such as California’s mandate that all new residential construction be net-zero by 2020, with commercial construction following suit by 2030, are helping push the notion into the mainstream. Now that the development of net-zero buildings is jumping from infancy to adolescence, several important questions arise: What’s the best path for achieving net-zero? Does it make sense for all buildings? And, what are the costs? The webinar will discuss basic characteristics and benefits of net-zero energy buildings; outline the various ways of defining them; explain why certain types are better suited to certain places; and dispel some of the misconceptions associated with them. The entire project team, including designers, owners, developers, and clients would benefit from this material. Learning Objectives: - Discuss various definitions of net-zero energy. - Understand the basic steps for achieving net-zero. - Explain the impact of climate and building type on net-zero buildings. - Discuss basic strategies for making net-zero buildings affordable. Introduction by: Paul Wisniewski North America Marketing Manager for High Performance Insulation Dow Corning Moderator: Joann Gonchar Senior Editor Architectural Record Panelists: Brad Liljequist, AICP, LEED AP Technical Director Living Building Challenge International Living Future Institute William T. Maclay, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Founding Principal Maclay Architects Justin Stenkamp, PE, LEED AP Project Manager PAE

    • Bill Maclay at Renewable Energy VT Conference
      Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington VT
      October 16, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Bill will be part of a panel session titled, " The Simple Economics of Net Zero Buildings: Why it is free now, how to do it, and how to create success with your clients." Bill will have 15 minutes to speak during a 70 minute session.

    William's Books

    The New Net Zero

    Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future

    In a nation where traditional buildings use roughly 40 percent of the total fossil energy, the interest in net-zero building is growing enormously. In The New Net Zero, sustainable architect Bill Maclay charts the path for designers and builders interested in exploring green designs new frontier net-zero-energy structures that produce as much energy as they consume and are carbon neutral. Geared toward professionals exploring net-zero design, the book will enlighten nonprofessionals seeking time-tested ideas and strategies.


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