the view and engages with the site, launched us into our standard design process. That starts
with the site: how to connect to it while being energy-conscious.”
Maclay, who specializes in energy-efficient design both for new and historic structures and
is the author of The New Net Zero (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014, $90), designed a net-zero
house, which means it produces more energy than it consumes using only renewable sources.
The house overlooks the Mad River at a spot where, until it was blown out in the historic hur-
ricane of 1927, a timber dam spanned the water. Today, a large stone abutment that housed the
penstock is all that remains.
the expansive living room shows off the
mortise-and-tenon joinery of the Douglas
fir timber framing and the locally
harvested stone used in the corner
columns and the fireplace wall. A massive
piece of stone found on the property
forms the lintel above the firebox.