16 Jun '11, 1pm

The greenest (historic) building is the one that's in the right context

The greenest (historic) building is the one that's in the right context

I’m in Wilmington, Delaware this week, where I was asked (and honored) to speak to an EPA-sponsored symposium on green historic preservation . I spoke yesterday afternoon, and this is what I said. I started with the wonderful phrase attributed to Carl Elefante, “the greenest building is the one that is already built.” (Carl, whom I just met, is also speaking at the conference, so I hope I got it right.) There is much truth in that statement, since a new building, no matter how green its technology, will often be on a new site, sometimes in sprawl; it will also need to use new material and energy that have already been invested in an older building; and chances are the new building will lack some of the traditional green wisdom that, over the centuries, informed building performance and efficiency “before the thermostat age,” as Steve Mouzon (another conference speaker) put...

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