Last year, Centerbrook Architects finished a grand project that creates clean energy from local, sustainably harvested woodchips. Situated on the campus of a Connecticut private school, the Hotchkiss Biomass Power Plant produces enough energy to heat the entire building - and it's set beneath a beautiful green roof.
Located at the bottom of a sloping landscape, the building on the Hotchkiss school site sits in between a golf course and marshes.
Thanks to its undulating green roof, it collects and filters rainwater while merging beautifully with the landscape.
A 16,500-square-foot structure, the building burns locally sourced wood chips -- a byproduct of FSC forests – and can heat up the whole school with its more than 600 residents within 85 buildings!
Replacing around 150,000 gallons of fuel oil per year, the emissions are dramatically cut from one very well designed building.
Mainly made from FSC wood, indigenous and glue-laminated timber, the building is like a living classroom that can be toured.
The waste ash from the burning is used as vegetable fertilizer, a job accomplish by the students, who are part of the school’s plans of becoming carbon-neutral by 2020.