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The Green Machine

A look at Taft's Hillman House



A Ridgefield-based architect has teamed up with a Wilton-based builder to retrofit a Litchfield-area school building to showcase green building and to provide a great learning facility for students at a prestigious independent school. 

The Hillman House at the Taft School in Watertown is, in fact, a real green machine. At Hillman, students can monitor the eco-friendly systems wired into the house, and transmit the data back to a classroom. The goal is for the students to use the data to learn about passive energy and eco-friendly design. That’s hands-on, environmental education for high-school students. Taft’s motto “Not to be served but to serve” echoes through their innovative building. 

The work won an award for the architect and builder. Trillium Architects of Ridgefield and BPC Green Builders won the U.S. Green Building Council’s Oustanding Single-Family Project award. The house, USGBC says, “serves as a high-performance residence and learning lab for students.” 

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