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  • The Methods Behind Historic Building Preservation

    The Methods Behind Historic Building Preservation

    Many people care deeply about historic building preservation. Individuals who care a lot about history may care about the educational value of historic buildings, as older buildings help to give an area its own unique identity. Oftentimes, people who have a strong emotional connection to a local area often want to maintain the buildings and surrounding neighborhoods that they recognize.

    Historic building preservation architects are trained in understanding the essential character of the building. They must empathize with the concerns of tenants, who are rightfully cautious about the process of historic building preservation.

    The right firm will always place a great deal of emphasis on historic research, thus making it easier for everyone involved to make the building look and feel like something that is representative of its era. General contractors will do what architects specify; they will fix roofs, install new doors and windows, and reconstruct parapets. However, the actual materials and approaches that will be used in the process will be chosen by the architect as true to the time-period in question.

    Firms can adopt modern materials and technologies while still respecting original intent and traditional approach to construction. In that way, their methods can be both modern and timeless, giving them all the tools that are available in the world of today while still allowing them to use the knowledge of the past.

    Contact us to become more familiar with historic building preservation.

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  • Grow Your Business by Becoming LEED Certified!

    Grow Your Business by Becoming LEED Certified!

    If you thought that "going green" might harm your bottom line, you can stop worrying. A 2012 study conducted at Notre Dame University which looked at over 500 PNC branches found that LEED certified PNC bank branches were performing better, profit-wise, than their non-LEED certified counterparts. In fact, customers were even depositing more money at the LEED certified branches!

    The study never pinned down exactly why that was so -- whether customers were finding the LEED certified branches more inviting or whether their more comfortable employees were just being more productive. Either way, the LEED certified branches made more money, and it's a safe bet to say their employees appreciated their working environment, too! Either way, their findings support a growing consensus that you certainly don't have to "sacrifice" profitability to become more socially responsible and use more sustainable building materials.

    In case you're not familiar with it, LEED is an acronym for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design", and to become LEED certified requires that your building must meet certain MPRs (that's short for Minimum Program Requirements.)

    Another interesting aspect of achieving LEED certification is that you'll save money on your day-to-day operating costs, according to the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council). Expect to reduce cost on maintenance, energy, and water all while reducing waste. That's a win-win from every angle! And if you need more incentive, consider that because of these savings combined with increased efficiency, getting back the money you put in won’t take as long as you’d expect; According to the USGBC, green retrofit projects can expect to recoup their investment in as few as 7 years!

    If you'd like to learn more about obtaining LEED certification and exactly what it entails, contact us at Scott Henson Architect today.  

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