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.

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Notes from New Orleans: Historic Green

Posted on: March 20th, 2008 by Walter Gallas

 

Deconstruction of rear addition of property in the 5100 block of Dauphine Street in Holy Cross.For most of this month Historic Green is in town, an ambitious initiative which is combining the values of the historic preservation movement with those of the green building/sustainability movement. Last Saturday, Emily Wadhams, our Vice President of Public Policy, spoke about the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Sustainability Initiative at a forum that was part of Historic Green’s activities in the Lower 9th Ward.

The deconstruction of 5200 Dauphine Street in Holy Cross.Also on the program were Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council; Bill Dupont, UT-San Antonio professor and Trust consultant; and Rick and Hazel Denhart of Mercy Corps. The audience consisted of about 50 or 60 volunteers in town to work on various projects primarily in Holy Cross, including the deconstruction of some Preservation Resource Center Operation Comeback projects, which Emily, Bill, and I visited after the presentations.

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Notes from New Orleans: Controversial Demolitions Continue

Posted on: March 17th, 2008 by Walter Gallas

 

Demolition is underway at the St. Bernard housing project. Emily Wadhams, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Vice President of Public Policy, and I visited the four housing developments on Friday and Saturday to see the demolition progress.

At St. Bernard, we engaged a demolition worker in a discussion of why demolition was the best thing, as we watched a building come down in front of us. He had lived in the St. Thomas housing developments. He told us about the sense of entitlement that residents feel about returning to their particular apartment in the developments. He said the only thing that could break this would be the removal of the places themselves. The former residents, he said, could never abide seeing others move into these buildings, even though they represented so much hardship and poverty and crime. Again—the persistent argument that the buildings—and not the policies of the past—are the problem.... Read More →

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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.

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Upcoming Event: Whose Carbon is it Anyway?

Posted on: March 13th, 2008 by Patrice Frey

 

The National Building Museum is offering what promises to be a good discussion about how to tackle the thorniest of carbon problems -- all that carbon that is released into the atmosphere by constructing and using buildings. See the announcement below. Hope some preservation-minded folks will be able to make the event -- and speak up about the importance of reusing our existing buildings. (Unfortunately, I'll be on a plane to Seattle, driving up my own carbon footprint.) See the NBM website for details.

Tuesday, March 18
Whose Carbon is it Anyway?
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
As the creation and maintenance of buildings creates over 40% of the carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere every year, who is going to take the lead in finding solutions? Opening Remarks: Harriet Tregoning, Director, DC Office of Planning. A discussion with: Scott Barrett, Director, International Policy Program; Professor of Environmental Economics and International Political Economy, SAIS at Johns Hopkins University • Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post Journalist (moderator) • Rainer Hascher, Co-founder, Hascher Jehle Architektur, Germany • Melissa Lavinson, Director, Federal Environmental Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, PG&E Corporation •Fran Pavley, Former Assemblywoman, State of California 1.5 LU (AIA) 1.5 CFE (ASLA) 1.5 CM (AICP)

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