Sustainable Preservation Workshop June 11th in NYC →
Sustainable preservation workshops to be offered... →
Historic Preservation and Green Renovation |... →
Summary of the APT Victoria Sustainable... →
A good example of state-level antipathy can be found in Texas where...– Nostalgia 2.0: Has Historic Preservation Become a Spectator Sport? | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Why do we preserve? And by extension, what in a building deserves to be...– Modernism Mummified | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine Avinash Rajagopal questions the philosophy of envelope-only preservation, comparing it to mummification, and writing that “in most cases a building’s aesthetics are intimately linked to its interior life… where the...
Focus on People, Not Stones →
Interesting article, and a good reminder that sustainability is more than just energy and water consumption statistics, and should include community sustainability. I’m curious, though, whether foreign tourism is really a long-term sustainable choice for many communities with archeological sites.
'Sustainability + Preservation: The Perfect Match'... →
In central TX? This lecture is free and open to the public! “Sustainability & Preservation: The Perfect Match” Lecture by Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP May 10, 2011, 6:30pm Jones Hall, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas Presented by U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (GHPA), AIA Houston & Houston Mod....
New documentary "The Greenest Building" asks... →
Check the website for upcoming screenings in several cities & PBS listings. Seen the film? Would you recommend it? I’m looking forward to catching it at its Austin screening in August.
Check out the City of Portland Sustainable... →
Includes case studies, resources, workshops, and Portland green preservation home tours. The general info is a great introduction, and the personalized information for Portland residents (who to contact at what city department, how Portland zoning code relates, etc.) seems really helpful for anyone planning a project - it would be great to see similar pages offered by other cities.
Historic preservation and sustainable design are two disciplines that no longer...– Aligning Historic Preservation and Sustainable Design | Sustainable Cities Collective
Podcasts on sustainability and preservation from... →
Aaron Lubeck on “Green Restorations” and the sustainability movement in preservation Barry Stiefel on the sustainability of historic preservation Tracy Nelson on green design and the economy of sustainability NCPTT experiences Rocky Mountain High-Tech at the Association for Preservation Technology Conference Conversations on sustainability at the Association for Preservation...
Energy Management in Cultural Heritage: Conference →
Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik, Croatia, from the 6th to the 8th of April, 2011. Can’t make it to Croatia? A selected few of the conference papers will be published in the Best Practice Guidebook for Energy Management in Cultural Heritage, which is to be published shortly after the conference.
Upcoming sustainable preservation events in Boston...
If you’re in Boston or Richmond, hear Jean Carroon of Goody Clancy speak about her new book, Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings later this month. BOSTON: Sustainable Preservation - The Power of Preservation and Reuse as a Green Strategy: Jean Carroon March 23rd, 7:00 pm at Trinity Church, Boston. Co-sponsored by Trinity Church and the Boston Society of Architects ...
Cleveland Heights mansion in historic neighborhood... →
This is the sort of story that’s just heartbreaking - new homeowners deciding to tear down a historic home all in the name of energy efficiency and “green building”. (And this one’s personal. My husband and I lived in Cleveland Heights for two years, and I loved walking to the grocery store along wide stone sidewalks lined with trees and beautiful homes - including this...
The Greenest Building… →
“Data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency indicates that structures built prior to 1920 are more energy-efficient than those built through the year 2000, when the concept of sustainability began to take hold.”
Enduring Partnerships: historic preservation and... →
“The intersection of historic preservation and green building does not have a prescribed set of rules. There are many different levels where the two can meet to achieve the aims of each movement. The key is to implement an integrated process from the outset.”
The problem with efficiency gains is that we inevitably reinvest them in...– The Efficiency Dilemma : The New Yorker David Owen asks, “if our machines use less energy, will we just use them more?” A fascinating but very troubling article — especially given that studies show a similar rebound effect occurs with the weatherization of homes and...
Overall operating costs per rentable square foot for historic buildings were 10...– from “The Economics of Preserving Historic Federal Buildings,” available in the GSA’s helpful Historic Preservation Library.
LEED revisions open for public comment →
Comment on the latest LEED draft - changes to the material and building re-use credits should be of particular interest to preservationists.
Lost In Translation
A few months ago, I was a guest blogger on the National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s PreservationNation blog. The National Trust has been working tirelessly to advocate preservation as a key component of sustainable development, and they have great sustainable preservation resources available (free of charge!) on their website, including case studies, fact sheets, and research reports. ...
Do single utility meters on buildings encourage occupants to waste energy? According to a recent NY Times article, “Air-Conditioners That Run When Nobody’s Home” the answer is a resounding yes. The single meter system used in many older and historic buildings can make occupants feel like the electricity (and the water, and the heat and the air conditioning) is “free” – not just economically, but...