Maclay Architects and Building Performance Services Honored for Efficient Renovation

Waitsfield, VT

Two Waitsfield firms have received Efficiency Vermont’s “Best of the Best” awards for energy efficient renovation. Maclay Architects was recognized for its renovation of Websterville office building, while Building Performance Services was honored for its energy saving improvements to a home in Moretown.

In its award-winning renovation, Maclay Architects reduced annual energy in Vermont Creamery’s corporate offices by $4,000. The building is now net-zero ready, meaning that it uses so little energy that it can be powered by on-site renewable energy systems. Maclay Architects’ design incorporated high-performance air sealing and insulation, an energy recovery ventilation system, efficient lighting and break-room appliances, daylighting, and a high-efficiency heat-pump heating/cooling system.

Building Performance Services was honored for substantial improvements, to a large contemporary home, that cut annual heating costs by more than $3,000. Owners had contacted the firm because of ice dams, cold rooms, and high energy bills. Building Performance Services discovered and fixed numerous causes of the building’s problems, including leaky heating ducts running through unheated spaces, and insufficient air sealing and insulation. Improvements the firm made to the boiler’s distribution system alone accounted for over $1,200 in annual heating savings. In addition, Building Performance Services discovered and addressed health, safety, and moisture issues in the home.

A total of 13 award recipients were recognized on February 3rd at Efficiency Vermont’s annual Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington. This is the Northeast’s premier design and construction conference, focusing on building efficiency, durability, and value. More than 1,000 leading building design professionals and construction tradespeople attended.

Given annually, the Best of the Best awards recognize high achievement by architects, engineers, builders, and contractors using energy efficiency and sustainability practices to construct or renovate Vermont buildings. Awards are given for commercial and residential new construction, commercial major rehabilitation projects, renovations completed by Building Performance contractors and home improvements made by Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractors.

About Efficiency Vermont

As the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont has helped Vermont avoid over 13.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for the last eight consecutive years. Efficiency Vermont works with partners to help our state transition to more affordable, low carbon energy use through education, incentives, and support for our clean energy workforce. Learn more at

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