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City of Reno hosts inaugural Sustainable Historic Preservation Workshop

Successful Approaches to Energy Savings and Getting to Net Zero Energy with Historic and Existing Buildings

Post Date:05/14/2019 11:17 AM

The City of Reno, in partnership with the Historical Resources Commission, will host the Sustainable Historic Preservation Workshop at the Reno Southern Pacific Railroad Depot on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 12 to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be followed by the annual Historic Preservation Awards Reception and Ceremony from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public (register using the links above).

“The greenest building is one that’s already built,” 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) President Carl Elefante said.

Over the past 20 years, sustainable preservation has gone from a controversial concept to a mainstream approach to making historic buildings examples of sustainability and adaptive reuse. Numerous projects have demonstrated how to integrate sustainable technologies and strategies, while maintaining sensitivity or even restoring the original climate-responsive features of historic buildings.

This workshop will explore the intersection of sustainable design and historic preservation, highlight examples of successful sustainable preservation projects and provide a practical step-by-step process to planning and executing sustainable preservation.

Participants will learn how an integrated design process can improve health, wellness and safety by introducing healthy building strategies such as superior indoor environmental quality. This approach will help to bring new life to our cultural assets and transform them into-high performance buildings, ensuring their continuity for generations to come.

Event sponsors and supporters are:

  • Reno Vice Mayor Naomi Duerr
  • City of Reno, Economic Development
  • AIA Northern Nevada
  • Renown Environmental Action Change Team (REACT) – A Renown Health Employee Committee
  • S3 Development
  • Whitney Peak Hotel