APT Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation

MTBA Associates’ Mark Thompson Brandt is a Board Member, and Chris Warden is a Member, of APT:    http://www.apti.org/

About APTi

The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is a cross – disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings.

APT members, who hail from more than 30 countries, include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants, contractors, crafts persons, curators, developers, educators, historians, landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain, conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation.

APT’s mission is to advance the application of traditional and contemporary technology appropriate to conservation of the built environment and the cultural resources that contribute to its significance.

APT will be having their 2017 international conference in Ottawa.

About the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation

TC-SP: The APT Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation provides an arena for discussion, review, and information sharing on the relationship between historic preservation and environmental sustainability.

MTBA’s Brandt is also the Co-Chair (Canada) of APT’s Technical Committee for Sustainable Preservation (TC-SP)

The Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation not only affords APT members a forum for discussing sustainability issues but also serves as a network to other preservation and green building stakeholders. The committee’s areas of interest include sustainability-rating systems, life-cycle management, embodied energy, envelope performance, durability of materials and assemblies, construction and demolition waste management, contaminated-sites mitigation, water and energy conservation, and the role of historic properties in sustainable cultures and communities.

The current focus on energy efficiency and the increasing stringency of International Energy Codes has led to a misrepresentation and often in response a corruption of our heritage buildings.  In response the TC-SP has set its focus on overcoming common misconceptions that heritage buildings are not or cannot be energy efficient; educating practitioners in appropriate heritage evaluations; and guiding the decision making process for sustainable preservation.


The TC-SP is developing an On-line Sustainable Conservation Assistance Resource (OSCAR)            www.OSCAR-apti.org

OSCAR is an interactive technical resource that establishes a clear process to make the decisions necessary for the sustainable understanding and treatment of historic buildings. The tool addresses the associated challenges of different families of buildings, climate conditions, and governing policies and codes to manage change while protecting heritage value.