At the same time, roughly one billion square feet of buildings are demolished and replaced every year in the United States. According to an analysis by the Brookings Institution, the country is in the midst of demolishing and replacing 82 billion square feet of existing space — nearly a quarter of the existing building stock — by 2030.
That is an astonishing amount of waste. In fact, the energy used to demolish and rebuild that much space could power the entire state of California for a decade! According to a formula produced for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, about 80 billion British thermal units (Btus) of energy are embodied in a typical 50,000-square-foot commercial building.
Source: Historical Preservation is Essential for Green Building
“Our mission has not changed, our goal is to actively promote preservation, conservation and the rehabilitation of historic commercial and residential structures through the reclaiming, purchasing and reselling of building materials.”
via Architectural Salvage: Downtown business helping find new uses for old fixtures – Waxahachie Daily Light: Business.
“Our combined initiatives to preserve and reuse our historic industrial sites reflect our growing understanding that Connecticut’s identity is encompassed in its industrial past not just its iconic town green,” said Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Executive Director Helen Higgins. “Creative and feasible re-use of industrial buildings will transform our state and infuse economic vitality in our towns and cities.”
via Program focuses on revitalizing historically significant structures around state | Monroe Courier.
For the past several months, Provo, Utah, residents have had a unique sight in their midst: the nearly seven-million-pound exterior of a 112-year-old building standing on 40-foot-high steel stilts. More than just an unusual construction site, this scene is the beginning of an extensive process to preserve the exterior of the Provo Tabernacle, a community landmark gutted by fire in December 2010. As The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced in October 2011, the building is being converted into a Mormon temple.
via Engineering Feat Puts Future Provo Temple on ‘Stilts’ – YouTube.
The Wichita County Heritage Society unveils its 13th annual Historic Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. This year, visitors will get a glimpse of the concept of adaptive reuse by touring four homes and businesses that are more than 80 years old.
This is a great opportunity to see the history of Wichita Falls up close and support the preservation and restoration efforts of the heritage society. Tickets are $25 per person.
via Historic Homes Tour: Reuse and preservation » Times Record News.
A TWO-WAY STREET: Nelson makes her old home more energy efficient by “interacting” with it. During the hottest months, she closes the shutters over the doors while leaving the slats open to keep the sun at bay. In winter, the shutters hold heat inside. Her November energy bill was $40.
“Besides, I love the visual of the shutters behind the door,” she said.
Antique Eastlake doors found at The Bank, an architectural salvage store, create a tight seal against the Louisiana climate.
Dittrich-Lips Art Glass cut red, green and purple glass for her kitchen door, which lets in sunlight and splashes of vivid color. Beautiful blue and rose glass from the 1930s or ’40s in the bedroom door came from Attenhofer’s Stained Glass Studio in Metairie.
Nelson also restored the home’s original plaster walls.
“Plaster is energy-efficient and keeps you incredibly cool,” she said. In her estimation, the destruction of plaster walls and hardwood floors after Hurricane Katrina represented real architectural tragedies.
via Comfort meets energy-efficiency in a restored Holy Cross shotgun | NOLA.com.
Architectural historian Joan Lawrence had collected salvaged materials for five years. When she had enough architectural components, architect Dean Brenneman designed the addition for her 1882 Carpenter Gothic house.
via Beautiful Design – New Kitchen and Dining Room Built with Architectural Salvage | Interior Design Files.
Modern architecture is often the foe of untouched locations steeped with history, but Bergmeisterwolf Architekten seamlessly transformed a dilapidated farmstead in the small town of Sterzing into a stunning home that reflects the ancient architectural sensibilities of the area. A success in both adaptive reuse and siting, the new construction melds beautifully with the surrounding landscape, and provides a stunning escape for its inhabitants year round.
Read the entire via Crumbling Italian Farmstead Transformed Into a Spectacular Home by Bergmeister Wolf Architects | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.