Climate Change Solutions: AIA NY Event on Historic Preservation and Carbon Reduction

September 24, 2019

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With the passage of NYC’s landmark Climate Mobilization Act, a huge number of historic buildings in the city will need to dramatically upgrade their building performance in order to slash carbon emissions. This mandate of deep energy retrofits sets up a natural tension between two important goals in architecture today: historic preservation and carbon reduction.

AIA NY’s Thursday, September 26 event (6–8pm at the Center for Architecture), entitled “How Low Can We Go — Historic Preservation and Carbon Reduction,” will address this tension:

“Thousands of historic and existing buildings will be forced to adapt to the times. A new crop of performance-based techniques and metrics is arising to monitor, assess, and direct the future of these buildings, a large percentage of the urban fabric, to further its evolution. In this event, experts from these dual fields talk about the complications of preservation in the age of sustainability.”

The panel discussion will be moderated by Scott Henson, Principal of Scott Henson Architect. Panelists will include Michael Ingui, Partner at Baxt Ingui Architects (and founder of Passive House Accelerator); Cory Rouillard, Associate Partner at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates; Jeff Murphy, Partner at Murphy Burnham & Buttrick; and Paula Zimin, Director of Sustainable Building Services at Steven Winter Associates.

Don’t miss what promises to be a fascinating exploration of the intersection between preservation and sustainability this Climate Week.