24 Jan '12, 8pm

The Greenest Building IS The One Already Standing. @lloydalter on preservation.

The Greenest Building IS The One Already Standing. @lloydalter on preservation.

This one is really interesting but makes sense. Some kinds of renovations, like a conversion of a warehouse to a residential, have so much new stuff going into an old frame that in the end, they are not even positive. The lesson is that we have to tread as lightly as possible, save as much as we can and think about the choices we make when we renovate, the amount that we do. There are developers who take an old building and seal up the windows, put in top of the line mechanical systems and new drop ceilings; there are others, like Jonathan Rose, who relies on opening windows and original surfaces. Two approaches, and two very different results. This is complex, dealing with what the report calls the Pre-energy efficiency measure’ or ‘Pre-eem’ case . It takes into account that " in many instances, older buildings have inherent efficiency strengths and perform on par with ne...

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