Reduce + ReUse = Green Preservation

At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, Mike Jackson, FAIA,  Chief Architect, Preservation Services, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will present a seminar entitled  “Reduce + ReUse = Green Preservation” in the Robert Collins “R” Building Auditorium on the campus of Triton College, 2000 Fifth Avenue, River Grove, Illinois.

There is no charge for the seminar.

Re-using buildings seems a natural practice for achieving sustainable design, but building re-use is rarely emphasized in contemporary green building standards. The field of historic preservation emphasizes building re-use but generally from a cultural perspective rather than an environmental one Reduce + ReUse = Green Preservation will examine LEED and other green building rating systems and historic preservation approaches and link them to the broader subject of sustainable development. The presentation will build on the common values of the preservation and green building movements in their equal concerns for resources, stewardship and public policies.  Special emphasis will be placed on technical tools to quantify the embodied energy of historic buildings as a method of determining a properties “eco value.” The results of this exploration will help both design approaches develop a more holistic approach to measuring and promoting sustainability.