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Sustainable Preservation

Greening Existing Buildings

Sustainable Preservation by Jean Carroon
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A guide to green strategies for preservation and adaptivereuse—and the power of preservation/reuse as a greenstrategy.

Buildings account for nearly forty percent of both total energyuse and carbon emissions in the United States. With one of thecountry's leading preservation architects as your guide,Sustainable Preservation explores the power of adaptive reuse toreduce those numbers and move us toward sustainability. It showshow an icon such as H.H. Richardson's Trinity Church in Boston cango green—and why a 1970s strip-mall supermarket not onlydeserves similar attention but can also emerge as a building thatdelights users.

Sustainable Preservation takes a nuanced look at thehundreds of choices that adaptive reuse requires architects tomake—from ingenious ways to redeploy existing structuralelements to time-honored techniques for natural ventilation tocreation of wetlands that restore a site's natural biologicalfunctions. In addition, Sustainable Preservation:

  • Presents fifty case studies of projects—schools, houses,offices, stores, museums, and government buildings—that setnew standards for holistic approaches to adaptive reuse andsustainability

  • Covers design issues, from building location to lightingsystems, renewable power options, stormwater handling, and buildingenvelope protection and integrity.

  • Reviews operational issues, including materials choices for lowlifetime maintenance, green housekeeping, and indoor airquality

  • Explains calculators and programs that supplement the LEED®green building certification program requirements to yield evengreater environmental benefits

Sustainable Preservation makes a compelling argument thatpreservation and sustainability don't just protect the environment,but deliver a full range of societal benefits, from job creation tostronger social connection.

On the Cover: Trinity Church in Boston: Under theleadership of Jean Carroon, Goody Clancy recently completedrestoration and expansion of H.H. Richardson's 1877 masterpiece,Trinity Church. Significant environmental aspects include a newbelow-grade assembly space that incorporates the structure'smassive stone piers; installation of ground-source heat pumps thatdramatically reduce heating and cooling requirements; completeon-site management of all stormwater; and full use of local,recycled, and low-VOC materials.

Wiley; December 2010
416 pages; ISBN 9780470882153
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Title: Sustainable Preservation
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