Category Archives: Sustainable Conservation

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

“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

SAB Magazine: Beyond Lot Lines

Traditional responses to these problems have been compartmentalized and resource constrained in a way that is increasingly inadequate for the complex task of the so-called ‘triple bottom line’ [economy, society, environment] regeneration of existing neighbourhoods: Our cities, which are THE primary generators of climate-changing greenhouse gases globally, are being increasingly … Continue reading SAB Magazine: Beyond Lot Lines

EcoDistricts Protocol Launches February 2016

Powering EcoDistricts and Accelerating Leadership Across the Urban Regeneration Industry EcoDistricts is a movement, a passion and an organization (based out of Portland, OR) that helps people and cities create and maintain just, resilient and sustainable cities, from the neighborhood up. At EcoDistricts, they’re advancing a new model of urban regeneration and community … Continue reading EcoDistricts Protocol Launches February 2016

Building Resilience Guidelines Sneak Previews at Recent Conferences

As part of the  proceedings at the APTi Conference in Quebec City in October 2014 Heritage BC and Parks Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial Collaboration on Historic Places provided an information sheet featuring the forthcoming Building Resilience Guidelines.  The information sheet provided an overview of the document’s purpose, it’s connection … Continue reading Building Resilience Guidelines Sneak Previews at Recent Conferences

APTi Members join in the People’s Climate March in New York City

Members of the Association of Preservation Technology International and their Technical Committee of Sustainable Preservation made their presence known at the Climate March in NYC on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Members joined with a few people with extra signs for sustainable conservation who just happened to be making a case for … Continue reading APTi Members join in the People’s Climate March in New York City