February 13, 2009 – For some great stories about how heritage buildings can retain their historic character, while renovating for the “green” future, check out the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.
They have released a new Green Guide to Heritage Conservation called “New Life Old Buildings” that offers tips and resources to renovating for the future while paying tribute to the past.
Read the following background information, taken from their website:
“New Life” and “Old Buildings” appear as contradicting philosophies. Why would a heritage organization that deals with historic buildings be interested in modern green-building techniques?
In the words of American architect, Carl Elefante, “Even if every new building from this day hence has a vegetative roof, is powered only with renewable energy sources, and is built entirely of environmentally appropriate materials, sustainability would still be far from fully realized. We cannot build our way to sustainability; we must conserve our way to sustainability.” We must make wiser use of what we have already built.
With generous funding from the Vancouver Foundation and the Province of BC Heritage Branch, the VHF has spent the last 6 months researching the topic of heritage & sustainability. The goal was to produce a document that would not only convey the important message of “The greenest building is the one that is already built” but also be a practical guide with useful tips and suggestions for “greening” old buildings.
Containing 5 local case studies and plenty of tips & tools, the VHF’s innovative
New Life Old Buildings: Your Green Guide to Heritage Conservation
is now available to pick up at the VHF office Mon- Fri 9am – 5 pm. To view the electronic pdf file, simply click on the image of the guide above.