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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 at Living Futures Unconference
      1400 6th Avenue, Seattle WA 98101
      April 1, 2015, 5:30 pm

      Bill Maclay will present at this year's Living Futures Unconference at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle from April 1-3. Bill will participate in a discussion, entitled, "Strategic Planning for Community Net Zero energy: From the local scale to Vermont's statewide initiative," on Thursday, April 2nd at 3:15 PM. Speakers include Bill Maclay, Laura Cavin Bailey, Randy Smith (The Putney School), and Alison Hollingsworth (Efficiency Vermont) Bill will also have a book signing on April 1 at 5:30.

    • Bill Maclay at Yestermorrow Design/Build School
      7865 Main Street , Waitsfield VT 05673
      April 26, 2015, 5:00 pm

      From April 26th-May 1st, Bill Maclay will teach a five-day course with Laura Cavin Bailey and Megan Nedzinski on home design for net zero energy at Yestermorrow. This course will focus on examining and applying performance-based design principles, process, and strategies to each student’s project, whether new construction or renovation. Cost to register is $875, with an additional material fee of $60.

    • Bill Maclay at ACX 2015 Conference
      60 Battery St. , Burlington VT 05401
      May 20, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Bill Maclay will present with Megan Nedzinski at the 2015 Vermont's Architecture and Construction Expo. This expo will take place at the Hilton Burlington Hotel on May 20-21.

    • Bill Maclay at Energypath 2015
      800 Linden St. , Scranton PA 18510
      July 23, 2015, 8:30 am

      Bill Maclay will be the Thursday lunch Plenary Speaker at the 2015 Energypath. Energypath will take place at the University of Scranton on July 23rd-24th and Bill's presentation will be at 1:00 PM.

    • Bill Maclay at 2015 DESIGNrealized Continuing Education Program
      DESIGNrealized Webinar,
      November 10, 2015, 3:00 pm

      Bill Maclay will present a webinar as part of the 2015 DESIGNrealized Continuing Education Program. This webinar will focus on why and how net zero is the least cost option for green and sustainable builders. Bill's webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 10 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    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 designís 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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