Sustainability, Green Building, and Historic Preservation
It is becoming increasingly common to hear discussions of environmental stewardship and sustainability of our built resources in the context of global warming issues. Green building practices and LEED building certifications are no longer isolated to unique projects, but are becoming commonplace in both new construction and building rehabilitation. Rehabilitation projects can be a natural and good fit with green building design. A common sentiment expressed by preservationists is that "[t]he greenest building is one that is already built." Historic preservation can play a significant role in the development of sustainable design and the continued use of our historic resources.
- The U.S. Green Building Council
- Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) directory
- Sustainable Communities, The National Trust for Historic Preservation
- "Building on What We've Built," National Trust for Historic Preservation Past-President Richard Moe's 2008 speech following his receipt of the National Building Museum's prestigious 2007 Vincent Scully Prize
- The Greening of Historic Properties [PDF], a 2006 white paper on pinpointing strategies and tactics for integrating green building technologies into historic structures
- "Historic Preservation and Green Building: A Lasting Relationship," from Environmental Building News, January 2007
- "The Greening of Historic Properties: Leadership in Enery & Environmental Design: Agenda, Concepts and Strategic Directions," [PDF] a National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) discussion on the greening of historic properties
- "The Green Issue," Preservation magazine, January-February 2008
- "Going Green Downtown: A Sustainability Guide for Maryland's Main Streets" [PDF], Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development & the Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- Resources from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Certain individuals on this list have been certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED AP). LEED professional accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED Certification process. LEED APs have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Green Building Rating System. The LEED AP credential represents knowledge of the LEED Rating System and its application in practice. LEED APs facilitate the integrated design process and streamline the LEED certification process.
State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
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