Ingenious Power Plant Design Exhibiting a Green Undulating Profile in USA
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Ingenious Power Plant Design Exhibiting a Green Undulating Profile in USA

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Power plants are not exactly the most captivating buildings in the world. We are used to seeing concrete smoke- discharging giants which we usually characterize as contaminating. Centerbrook Architects and Planners developed Hotchkiss Biomass Power Plant, a 16,500-square-foot structure that impresses due to its ingenious architecture and environmentally-friendly features.

The plant burns sustainably harvested wood-chips to heat 85 buildings that total 1.2 million square feet: “Designated a carbon neutral fuel by the International Panel on Climate Change, the locally sourced wood chips are the byproduct of sustainably managed forests; they replace some 150,000 gallons of imported fuel oil per year, cutting emissions overall, most dramatically sulfur dioxide by more than 90 percent“. Waste ash is collected for use as fertilizer for the neighboring vegetable gardens.

The power plant located in Lakeville, Connecticut, USA does not just rank high in sustainability, but in aesthetics as well. Its undulating roof hosting samples of local flora is well integrated in the sloping landscape, between woods and wetlands on one side and a golf course on the other. [Photographs: David Sundberg/Esto]

 

The plant burns sustainably harvested wood-chips to heat 85 buildings that total 1.2 million square feet: “Designated a carbon neutral fuel by the International Panel on Climate Change, the locally sourced wood chips are the byproduct of sustainably managed forests; they replace some 150,000 gallons of imported fuel oil per year, cutting emissions overall, most dramatically sulfur dioxide by more than 90 percent“. Waste ash is collected for use as fertilizer for the neighboring vegetable gardens.

  • 2012DS37 Hotchkiss School Heating Plant, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville CT, Architect: Centerbrook Architects
  • 2012DS37 Hotchkiss School Heating Plant, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville CT, Architect: Centerbrook Architects
  • 2012DS37 Hotchkiss School Heating Plant, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville CT, Architect: Centerbrook Architects
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  • Hotchkiss School, Heating Plant
  • Hotchkiss School, Heating Plant
  • Hotchkiss School, Heating Plant
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