To reduce reliance on the electrical grid, Timex Group dedicated one of the largest ground-mounted solar panel installations in the entire Northeastern United States in 2009. This clean energy project was made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.
Watch Hill is situated atop a hill in Middlebury, Connecticut, U.S.A. and was called “transformative” by Fast Company magazine in 2001. The building’s two floors are sheathed entirely in glass; the absence of interior walls in this glass-enclosed open-plan workspace space gives every office worker an unobstructed 360-degree view of the surrounding fields and woods. The extensive use of glass permits daylight to penetrate deep into the building, significantly reducing dependence on artificial lighting, while roof overhangs provide necessary shade and protection against overheating.
A raised flooring system that reduces heating and cooling requirements and a series of “rain ladders” positioned at intervals around the building’s perimeter cleans water before it enters the facility’s storm-water management system. From the start, site-maintenance sustainability has been enhanced by a flock of sheep – introduced not just for their bucolic appeal but because the sheep’s grazing reduces the need for mechanical mowing.