School of Architecture College of Design

ARCH 5670: Preservation & Sustainability

Preservation & Sustainability

ARCH5670
Spring Semester 2013

Bob Mack
Adjunct Professor &
Jim Lutz
Adjunct Associate Professor


Course Description:
The Greenest Building is the One Already Built - this aphorism has been used to tout historic preservation for the past 35 years or more. But how does historic preservation fit within the broader context of sustainability? Or how do sustainability and preservation fit within a neighborhood context?

This course will examine sustainability in all its aspects but with a particular emphasis on its intersection with preservation. How can historic buildings and neighborhoods be made greener while preserving the qualities that give them cultural significance? The course consists of lecture sessions and fieldwork on real buildings and neighborhoods.

Topics include identification of historic properties, consideration of constraints on modification, examination of potential energy-saving treatments, consideration of the full range of options for greening buildings and neighborhoods, and discussion of the resolution of conflicts between the two. Final projects present recommendations for greening of each while meeting preservation standards.

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of preservation and sustainability
  • Be able to explain how preservation and sustainability share common goals and objectives
  • Identify lessons drawn from precedent studies and site visits
  • Articulate the major concepts introduced in the readings and discuss how they can inform the design process
  • Apply techniques to green existing buildings and neighborhoods Investigations will be guided by LEED-ND (Neighborhood Development) and LEED-EB:O&M (Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance





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