Hillside School joins a growing roster of schools incorporating energy efficient green technology into their newest generation of buildings. The common thread among these schools is a growing dedication to environmental responsibility and stewardship.
Hillside’s Academic and Health Center features “specially tinted glass to better manage solar heating throughout the building; the implementation of recycled materials in the center’s flooring, ceiling tiles, window blinds and acoustic tiles; and the use of environmentally sound materials in the manufacture of classrooms, student desk and chairs and lab stools.”
The building achieves even greater efficiency by using a geothermal energy system that pumps cool water, stored in wells below ground, throughout the building’s piping system. Additionally “green roof” technology allows for growing grasses and other greenery on the roof, which can further reduce heating and cooling needs.
“In many ways, the new Academic and Health Center is representative of Hillside’s continuing growth and commitment toward achieving excellence in junior boarding school education.” Hillside Headmaster David Beecher explained.
You can read more about Hillside’s Academic and Health Center in the Community Advocate (Westborough, MA).
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