Sustainability in historic buildings

The Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee for Energy and Sustainability (NSCES) works towards the conservation of heritage places in a sustainable context, including cultural heritage, social values and environmental values. We meet regularly and encourage anyone in Australia with interest and experience in the sustainability of heritage places and a willingness to actively contribute to…

Central Europe Towards Sustainable Buildings 2016 – Summary

Jennifer Faddy, September 2016 The focus of the conference was on building reuse and retrofit because this is one of the major challenges to achieve carbon reduction targets in Europe. One of the keynote speakers, Raymond Cole from Canada, called for recognition that buildings in their context needed to “do more good” and called for more…

Why Old is the New Green

When it comes to sustainable architecture, the focus has historically been on designing buildings to reduce emissions. In recent years though, this focus has expanded to take into account the full life-cycle impact of a building and its components. But is this enough? In this article from ArchitectureBoston’s Fall 2015 Issue, originally titled “Old is the…