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Green, Brown and Historic

The January 2008 issue of Preservation Magazine, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was dedicated to green issues. Historic preservation, the magazine noted, has been fundamentally a sustainable concept from the very start, but green building technology now leads it in new directions. As brownfield sites become more common for development and essential for smart growth, the presence of historic buildings becomes a critical issue for some projects. There is the thin line separating a proposed project that is financially viable from one that is not. This demands that every possible liability and asset be explored. Now more than ever, the presence of historic buildings on project sites provides opportunities as well as potential obstacles if not anticipated. When the goals of achieving maximum sustainability and using the latest green building technology are added to the mix, the presence of historic buildings can become even more complex. The…Log In to Read Full Article

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