Old is Green! An Informational Seminar

“Green and Sustainable Architecture for Historic and Landmarked Buildings”

-Wednesday, June 20, 2012-


Empire State Building- Leed Gold

It is a common misconception in the building arts that preservation and sustainability are at odds; to the extent that articles such as “Historic Preservation and Green Architecture: Friend or Foes?” have become almost regular features in many preservation periodicals. Here at HDC, we believe that direct experience is the best teaching tool, so please join us for an informational seminar on how the two topics overlap with one another and how the practices of green and sustainable design can be utilized while retaining the architectural integrity and details of historic buildings.

Time and the elements add a patina to historic buildings and retaining the character of historic buildings is crucial to identifying their stories but age and wear can also undermine structural integrity and obscure architectural details which results in the need for necessary repairs. Additionally, new standards for energy conservation have come into wider usage, resulting in re-examinations of buildings’ energy systems and insulation. Combining sustainable design with preservation practices encourages the most sustainable of practices: working with a building that has already been built while also protecting the environment and promoting the quality of life through design.

Hear from experts who will present case studies of preservation projects and discuss new methods and materials used in sustainable and green architecture to get the answers to frequently-asked questions on these subjects. Attendees will come away with a new understanding of how green and sustainable architectural practices historic and landmark buildings is methodically approached, identified and carried out.

Presentations Include:

    • 9: 00 am – Energy Code for NYSERDA & AIA: Christa E. Waring, LEED AP Associate, Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen Architects, P.C.
    • 10:00 a.m.  – Historic Buildings of New York and Sustainability Practices: Jean Parker Phifer, FAIA, LEED Thomas Phifer and Partners
    • 11:00 a.m. – National Policy, Preservation and Sustainability: Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA LEED AP BD+C Principal, Architecture + Planning PLLC
    • 12:00 p.m. – New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and Sustainable Design: William Neeley, Deputy Director of Preservation at the LPC


Neighborhood Preservation Center

232 East 11th Street (between Second and Third Avenues) Manhattan


$125 per person / $100 for friends of HDC (breakfast included)

4 Continuing Education Hours, 4 HSW Credit Hours

Professional Panel: Old is Green!

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