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Preserving Modernism in a Green World

Posted on: June 24th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna

 

The National Building Museum is sponsoring a panel, Monday, June 30, 2008 at 6:30 pm on the intersection of Modern Heritage and Sustainability as part of its Modern Architecture series. They are offering the member rate ($12) for all National Trust staff and members. 

AIA Headquarters, Washington, DCLearn about when preservation and sustainability meet--or don't meet--in the preservation of buildings of the modern era.  These structures tend to pose significant environmental challenges for those who are interested in preserving them for their significance, yet also want them to achieve better energy efficiency.  Using the AIA’s 21st Century Workplace as a case study, panelists will consider whether new technologies and renovation strategies provide a plausible future for these often unloved buildings from the recent past.

Moderator:
Vernon Mays, Editor-at-Large, Architect magazine

Panelists:
Barbara A. Campagna, AIA, LEED® AP, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust

Christopher Davis, LEED® AP, Assoc. AIA, LEED Certification Coordinator,
U.S. Green Building Council

James A. Gatsch, FAIA, Managing Director, 21st Century Workplace,
American Institute of Architects       

      
Abram Goodrich, Associate Principal, STUDIOS Architecture  

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.

 

leed-plaques-1.jpgPatrice and I have been getting calls and emails from around the country asking for help in understanding the draft version of LEED v3 2009 currently out on the street for public comment.  We're sorry for not getting this out sooner, but with our crazy schedules it took us a month to sit down with our colleagues at USGBC to review the final draft that went out on May 19th.  And NO, you're not going crazy, some of the most significant changes we've reported in this blog do not show up in it, yet.  But don't despair, there's a perfectly good reason why and below we will describe in detail what is happening. 

LEED v3 2009 Draft Overview

So, if you have had the opportunity to look at the draft LEED v3 2009 documents, then you've seen some of the changes but may be wanting more.  First, we'll give you a briefing on some of the significant changes and then we will describe what you can't see yet but is in the works. (Warning! This is a long and fairly technical posting!) 

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.

Demolition in the Name of Preservation

Posted on: May 30th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna

 

roman-theatre-sagunto.jpgI was banished to my sofa this week by an Emergency Room doctor who declared that my overtraveling had taken a toll on my health (hence my visit there when I fainted in the middle of one of the busiest avenues in DC! oops).  Deciding that I would use the time to catch up on the many piles of magazines surrounding my apartment, I came across a very curious news article in March's Architectural Record about a ruling that a 1993 "restoration" (really an interpretive recreation) of the Roman theatre in the coastal city of Sagunto must be removed because it violated Spain's Law of Historic Patrimony, which forbids the reconstruction of listed structures except to assure their stability and maintenance. 

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.

Upcoming Sustainability & Preservation Events in the East

Posted on: May 28th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna

 

If you're looking to participate in the Green Building/Historic Preservation dialogue this month AND collect some much needed Continuing Education credits, here are a few upcoming programs (a couple have already been posted in my previous blog).

The Preservation Maryland conference is this week in Hagerstown, Thursday and Friday, May 29th and 30th.  The Preservation New Jersey conference is next week Wednesday and Thursday, June 4th and 5th in New Brunswick, NJ.

Next week, the Cornell University Historic Preservation Planning Program, with a series of partners, will be presenting four short courses on the topic.

Presented by Cornell University Historic Preservation Planning Program & Cornell Cooperative Extension-NYC

Preservation:Sustainability - a series of four one-day shortcourses addressing a different aspect of sustainability—green building, environment, equity and economics— through the strategies, tools and ethos of historic preservation. Classes are limited in size to facilitate site visits and interaction. Courses can be taken individually.

  • 6/2 Green Preservation: Tools and Strategies for a More Sustainable Re-Use
  • 6/3 Equity: Historic Districts and Fluid Communities: The Case of Jackson Heights
  • 6/4 Economics: New Life for Vacant and Abandoned Housing: The South Bronx
  • 6/5 Rivers Lost, Resources Rediscovered: The Bronx and Sawmill Rivers

AIA continuing education units are available for this program. Each class provides 6.5 CEUs. The classes on June 2 and June 4 also provide HSW units.  $500 full program/$150 single course, government agency, non-profit, and student discounts available. 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.

 

Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, Manhattan

May 27 Update:  I've just been informed that this symposium has been postponed until the Fall.  Sorry if you were hoping to attend.  In the meantime, both Maryland and New Jersey have statewide conferences in the next week with Sustainability tracks.

The Preservation Maryland conference is this week in Hagerstown, Thursday and Friday, May 29th and 30th.  The Preservation New Jersey conference is next week Wednesday and Thursday, June 4th and 5th in New Brunswick, NJ.

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GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region, in co-sponsorship with the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will host a symposium at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York City to catalyze the exchange of ideas between the historic preservation and sustainability communities. This forum will address current challenges to improve building performance while strengthening sustainability of historic landmarks.

The panel will include experts representing the U.S. Green Building Council, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other public and private entities. Panel members are:

  1. Barbara A. Campagna, AIA, LEED AP, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust, Stewardship of Historic Sites, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  2. Melissa Gallagher-Rogers, Manager, Government & Higher Education Sectors, U.S. Green Building Council
  3. Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED AP, Goody Clancy
  4. Amanda Lehman, LEED AP, Cook + Fox Architects
  5. Donald Horn, AIA, LEED AP, Sustainable Design Program Expert, U.S. General Services Administration

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If you're in NY then and would like to participate in more discussion regarding the impact of LEED v.3 on existing and historic buildings, this would be the place to do it. It's a chance to visit one of GSA's most important buildings - the Alexander Hamilton Custom House designed by Cass Gilbert - and for $10, it's quite a bargain! Read more about this event on GSA's website.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.

U.S. Green Building Council Puts LEED v3 Out For Public Comment

Posted on: May 19th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna

 

As promised, the U.S. Green Building Council put LEED v3 out for public comment today. Anyone is invited to review the draft and submit comments. You do not have to be a member of USGBC to submit comments. However, it does make sense to have some experience working with LEED. Here is the link to the USGBC website, which describes the changes, takes you directly to the draft and provides you with support documents. The public comment period is for 30 days from May 19th till June 22nd.

This is really, really exciting news. And we commend the USGBC for taking on this very complicated update to LEED. In less than a year, they have substantially restructured LEED by turning it into a weighted system based on life cycle analysis indicators AND providing an alternative compliance route for existing buildings which looks at the durability of assemblies and materials.

Our Sustainable Preservation Coalition will also be collecting comments to send in together.

Read my blog from March 24th, updated May 6th, to learn the impact of LEED v3 on preservation and social/cultural metrics. If you would like more information, don't understand how to submit comments or just want to chat about the implications to existing or historic buildings, feel free to post a comment to this blog or email me directly and I will be happy to help you. No, I haven't read through the draft yet. I'll be spending Memorial Day doing that, hopefully in my sunny courtyard after a nice long bike ride!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.