Recently, The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Green Lab released The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse which provides hard data on the benefits of building re-use. This research and more will be the focus of this year's Conference.
We invite you to join the the conversation and discuss the relationship between green building, environmentalism and the preservation movement. Each morning we are hosting a “Conversation Starter” and Saturday’s is: Beyond LEED: A Candid Conversation about Green Building Standards and Preservation. For years, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has overseen an unprecedented drive to make our nation’s buildings more energy efficient and lessen other environmental impacts of their construction and use. Concurrently, the preservation community has been investigating the energy and environmental benefits of historic buildings as well as retrofit strategies that can ensure that the reuse of an historic building is almost always as economically and environmentally advantageous as new construction. This session brings together USGBC officials and preservation specialists to consider how these initiatives might be more effectively aligned to achieve our common sustainability goals. A facilitated dialog will allow representatives of both USGBC and the preservation community to bring to the table their unique perspectives, constructive critiques, and useful proposals. We are also thrilled to offer professionals in the fields of planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and green building plenty of opportunities to fulfill their Continuing Education credits (CEUs). From tours of modernist architecture in Spokane to educational sessions on greening historic district guidelines and tax credits, this year’s conference offers plenty of options for busy professionals to learn more about preservation and related fields.
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has approved 30 credits worth of courses and tours for continuing education credits. Approved 90-minute education sessions offer 1.5 credits and approved tours also offer 1 unit for each instructional hour (minus breaks and meals). In advance of the conference final program, we’ve listed all the conference sessions and tours that have been approved for continuing education credits and their respective accrediting organizations in this chart.
For more information please visit the conference website.