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SunCommon is the local Vermont solar company. SunCommon® believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts. Energy from the Sun can power our lives and build vibrant communities. Their mission is to tear down barriers to clean energy and use their business as a force for good.


Definition: A net-positive energy building produces more energy than what it consumes.

Client Need

SunCommon wanted the ability to effectively regulate the daylight and heatiing in the building. This also means saving energy for additional cooling, heating and/or lighting.


We were excited to be a part of a Net-positive

building design challenge!

Our Solution

"This net positive building is fossil fuel free. It is a healthy and exemplary workplace that embodies the mission of SunCommon, while celebrating its fun and unique brand. The shed building form maximizes the roof area for photovoltaics, showcasing solar energy and allowing the building to achieve net positive energy. 

The super-insulated and air-tight building envelope coupled with highly efficient mechanical systems minimize the building's energy needs. The building is sited to maximize energy conservation and production, access to views and the connection to the outdoors. 

This connection to nature, augmented by natural daylight and healthy building materials, creates a dynamic work place for SunCommon employees." -courtesy of SunCommon


Our designer worked closely with co-president/founders, Duane Peterson and James Moore. We suggested a daylight blind system, paired with Hunter Douglas Designer Solar shades.


This combination of window decor provides the ultimate light(heat) & glare control for their entire office.

The ease of tilting the inverted louvers to reflect light around the open space, was of the utmost importance.




The interior meeting rooms are easily accessible to the team and are daylit with skylights.

Not only providing light, but acoustical and visual separation to the periphery open work spaces.










The central common space serves as a welcoming and inviting space for visitors and the SunCommon team, in addition to hosting community events.

The interior wall colors aid to the cheerful & bright atmosphere in the building.

Just as joyful as SunCommon themselves.

Gordon's is grateful to be an integral part of this ground-breaking building design.

Net-Positive, and sunshine for all.


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