|The Greenest Buildings|
Helping save the planet, one historic building at a time . . .
The greenest buildings—as Carl Elefante, a noted Washington DC architect, told us during Preservation NC's 2007 Annual Conference—are the ones already built, and many are the historic places that tell North Carolina's story. "Taking into account the massive investment of materials and energy in existing buildings," Elefante has written, "it is both obvious and profound that extending the useful service life of the building stock is common sense, good business, and sound resource management."
The work of protecting our state's historic places generates many positive environmental effects:
We want to feature some of the innovative ways people have found to preserve North Carolina's historic places and its environment on PreservationNC.org.
Historic Preservation and Sustainability (National Trust for Historic Preservation)
Carl Elefante, AIA, "The Greenest Building Is . . . One That Is Already Built" (National Trust Forum, summer 2007, PDF 605 kB)
Sarah P. Wolff, "Historic Windows and Energy Efficiency" (PreservationNC.org)
Donovan D. Rypkema, "Economics, Sustainability & Historic Preservation" (PreservationNC.org)
---, "Historic Preservation as Sustainable Development" (NC Preservation, summer 2005)