Did a building at the Taft School win a big award?
Yes, it did. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Taft’s Hillman House Outstanding Single-Family Project for 2015. The green house serves as a “high-performance residence and learning lab for students.” At Hillman, Taft students can monitor the systems that are wired into the house, and they can transmit the data back to a classroom. The goal is for the students to use the data to learn about passive energy—using site location and building materials to reduce energy use—and eco-friendly design.
Taft CEO Gil Thornfeldt says, “The difficulties of building green, especially in a historical district, made this project unique and sets a standard for how we go forward in our commitment to environmental stewardship.”
The Taft School’s motto “Not to be served but to serve” echoes through their innovative building and the overall project. The school chooses to give to the environment, rather than to take and says that as a result of this project, it will continue to find ways to pursue more environmentally-friendly buildings on its 226-acre campus.
The work on the Hillman House was done by Trillium Architects and BPC Green Builders. Trillium Archi-tects, lead by Elizabeth DiSalvo, aims to produce LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) designs with the use of passive energy, alternative fuel sources, building methods and materials. BPC Green Builders is one of Connecticut’s first leading green building corporations, and focuses on energy savings.