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Trinity Church & Copley Square, Boston, MASustainable Preservation Coalition

The National Trust for Historic Preservation created the Sustainable Preservation Coalition two years ago in order to impact further development of the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Building Rating Systems. We partnered with several national organizations who were developing separate sustainability agendas including the AIA, APT International, the National Park Service, General Services Administration and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. We realized we could make a bigger impact integrating historic preservation and green building values by working together.

Our first goal was to meet with the U.S. Green Building Council, the developer of LEED, and open up a dialogue to discuss improvements to their products which would better reflect the importance of existing buildings to sustainable stewardship of our planet and its limited resources. While LEED does much to encourage more sustainable development, and historic buildings can achieve the highest LEED rating, we believed it could certainly do better because the current version of LEED (LEED 2.2):

1. Overlooks the impact of projects on cultural value;

2. Does not effectively consider the performance, longer service lives and embodied energy of historic materials and assemblies;

3. And is overly focused on current or future technologies, neglecting how past experience helps to determine sustainable performance.

Our meeting with the President of USGBC (Rick Fedrizzi) and the Director of LEED Technical Development (Brendan Owens) was quite successful, ending with Rick inviting us to help them prepare preservation metrics for the revised versions of LEED. Over the past year, our coalition has been meeting with USGBC and are delighted to announce that soon LEED 3.0 will be unveiled.
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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.

Windows, Part II

Posted on: March 24th, 2008 by Patrice Frey

 

An alert reader (Roberta Lane, Program Officer and Regional Attorney with the Trust's Northeast Field Office), reminded me that there is another great window study out there -- "Measured Winter Performance of Storm Windows," by Joseph Klems.  I failed to mention that in a posting last Friday about windows.

Klems -- a researcher with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory -- completed the study in 2002.    In short, the study finds  that low-e storm windows perform "very similarly" to replacement windows.  Happy reading.  

 

 

 

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.

Attention all Rhode Islanders…

Posted on: March 24th, 2008 by Patrice Frey

 

Another conference/workshop announcement -- this time for those of you in the Rhode Island area.  The Providence Preservation Society presents "Balancing Sustainability & Preservation: Protecting Environmental & Historic Resources" on April 2nd.  Visit http://www.ppsri.org/?section=events for the details. 

If you attend -- please visit my little corner of the PreservationNation blog again and share the highlights.   We'd love to hear about it.    

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.

Live in Maine? Got Old Windows? Check out this workshop

Posted on: March 21st, 2008 by Patrice Frey

 

A historic window repair workshop is planned for the 3rd of April in Farmington, Maine.  The workshop will be given by Maine Preservation -- you can learn more at http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/news/local/4883470.html

Those old windows can be made more energy efficient than you might think.  In fact, a study commissioned by NCPTT found that when repaired and weatherized properly, historic wood windows can be almost as energy efficient as new, thermally resistant windows.

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.

Going 'Green' at Home: Part II

Posted on: March 13th, 2008 by Patrice Frey

 

In a follow-up to their article on greening homes (see post from 3/4/2008) the Wall Street Journal is asking readers to write in and share advice on how they greened their home.   

Now's your time to shine -- write in with advice for your fellow historic homeowners.   I'll keep track of the postings... and generate a list of good ideas to post on this blog.

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.