APT Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation (TC-SP) Releases “Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Conservation: A Literature Review”

This literature review provides an overview of recent English-language research and policy that addresses climate change and the conservation of cultural heritage. The initial purpose of this review is to help inform organizations like the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), the National Centre for Preservation & Training (NCPTT), and others involved in preservation/conservation research, in formulating priorities or strategies for research and education. Find the review here on the APT TC-SP page (bottom of right column) http://www.apti.org/index.php?submenu=technical_committees&src=gendocs&ref=Sustainable_Preservation&category=technical_committees     Image source:  Galveston Seawall, ca.1910-1920, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs)

“Ecology Re-imagined: Nature and Culture in Historic Places” was held to mark Canadian Environment Week 2016, and featured a panel reflecting upon an ecological approach to conservation.

Editor’s Note: On June 7, a cross-section of the architecture, urbanism and conservation communities, and many from the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts / Willowbank Centre for Cultural Landscape community, was welcomed by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s Lieutenant-Governor, to Queen’s Park in Toronto. Below is an edited “re-tweet” from … Continue reading “Ecology Re-imagined: Nature and Culture in Historic Places” was held to mark Canadian Environment Week 2016, and featured a panel reflecting upon an ecological approach to conservation.

APTi Kansas City 2015 a Huge Success

The Association for Preservation Technology International’s annual conference, held in Kansas City, MO while the 2015 World Series Champion Royals held their victory parade outside the conference venues! The conference was a huge victory as well, as more than 600 delegates learned much about conservation and about what an architectural … Continue reading APTi Kansas City 2015 a Huge Success

NSERC Create promotes heritage innovation with Carleton University and Industry Partners

The NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering Program – research, training & internship program is one of the nationally significant vehicles for heritage conservation innovation. Fast Facts Hands-on opportunities to work and learn in the built heritage industry Six years, $3.3 M Funded for Masters/PhD students & post-doctoral fellows through federal government’s NSERC CREATE … Continue reading NSERC Create promotes heritage innovation with Carleton University and Industry Partners

The ASHRAE Energy Guideline for Historical Buildings is Now in its Second Public Review Draft

There are countless heritage buildings that present a significant opportunity for reducing energy use within the worldwide building stock.  However, modern codes and standards are often ill-equipped to accommodate the passive and historic HVAC strategies employed in these buildings.  As a consequence, historic buildings were and are often “modernized” with … Continue reading The ASHRAE Energy Guideline for Historical Buildings is Now in its Second Public Review Draft

Building Resilience Practical Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada Officially Launches

The Federal / Provincial / Territorial Collaboration on Historic Places in Canada Working Group has released Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada. Co-authored by Mark Thompson Brandt and Chris Warden of MTBA Associates Inc., Building Resilience is a comprehensive and sustainable building toolkit that presents … Continue reading Building Resilience Practical Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada Officially Launches

New EcoDistricts Protocol Aims for Green Building at Scale

Want to get your neighborhood from here to there—where “there” is more social justice, environmental health, and economic growth? You’ll need directions.  It’s becoming clearer that we need to address energy, water, land use, environmental justice, and other green building issues within whole communities. Meanwhile, most of the work still … Continue reading New EcoDistricts Protocol Aims for Green Building at Scale