Track K | Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development
With the rise in sustainable awareness, preservationists all over the world are becoming concerned with the sustainability of the historic buildings they are preserving and renovating. preservation professionals are looking for a suite of standards with which to certify their projects. There are currently only two standards in the world for preserving historical buildings in a sustainable manner, they are Southface’s EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation (ECSP) program headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia USA and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in Italy, the Green Building Council (GBC) Historic Buildings – Italia. The objective of this research is to determine what is needed for historical buildings to be certified as sustainable based on the two programs. This will be determined through a literature review on each of the standards and a baseline definition of the term “historic” and “sustainable.” In order to determine a final program, the similarities and differences of each certification process will need to be derived along with other standards with the same similarities, in order to see if there are other standards that historical buildings could be certified through. With this a list of common denominators will be ascertained which will be the basis from which to work. Another item that will be looked into is the variation of the different environments. The idea of certification of historical buildings being sustainable is so new to the standards industry that they appear to have not come to terms with the need as of yet. The final result should be a procedural framework in which historic buildings can maintain their authenticity and meet attainable goals towards sustainability.
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