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  • The preservation of historic structures - Saving our connections to our past

    The preservation of historic structures - Saving our connections to our past

    Throughout the centuries, man's story has been represented in many aspects. Whether it is through his ancient writings, artifacts or in archaeological sites, man's imprint is undeniable.  With each new discovery, another chapter unfolds shedding more light on the everyday lives of our ancestors. 

    History has, for the most part, dictated the styles, construction modes and uses of homes throughout the world. Each building, from our past, has a story to tell. Commercial buildings can represent the industry that was prevalent during a particular era, while residential homes can portray the wealth or poverty of the region or time.  During the early periods of history, timber was a common use for constructing homes. As time went by, new means of construction material came into use, such as, brick, stone, steel, etc. The introduction of these materials meant man could rethink the building process and construct even more structures suitable to his current needs.

    Through the preservation of historic structures, we can study the different periods of our history and allow ourselves a look into our past. These structures are used as a time capsule in order for us to learn the techniques and materials utilized by the craftsmen of the time. These invaluable lessons are essential when it comes to the preservation of historic buildings.

    It is extremely important that we preserve our old buildings. They truly are our connection to our past, and here at Scott Henson Architect, we are committed to preserving the historical integrity of historic structures.   

    Please contact us if you have any questions about our services or if you are ready to take on a historic building project. 

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  • Globally Supported Sustainable Architecture is Environmentally Responsible

    Globally Supported Sustainable Architecture is Environmentally Responsible

    The purpose of sustainable architecture is to: "eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skillful, sensitive design." 

    Considerable thought about how the project will affect the environment begins the sustainable design process.  Beyond eliminating adverse environmental impact, any sustainable design must create projects that are meaningful innovations that can shift behavior; a dynamic balance between economy and society, generating long-term relationships between user and building, which is respectful of the environmental and social differences.

    Relieving over-stressed resources requires reducing pressure on them, not continually increasing them, whether more efficiently or not. Best is a greater reliance on natural materials that are compatible with the environment.

    Sustainable applications and principles require the use of:

    • Non-toxic, energy-efficient and sustainably produced materials.
    • Emotionally durable architecture to reduce the consumption and waste of resources which increases the relationship durability between people and the design.
    • Design influence measures for total carbon footprint and life-cycle assessment of the resources based on sustainable standards.
    • The Constructal Law, which is a physics principle that urges the use of sustainability and evolutionary design in general.

    Globally supported, the concept of sustainable design is the ultimate environmentally responsive goal. Any person looking to construct a building from the ground up or remodel an existing building should seek out the advice of a professional architect. Not any architect, but one who is respectful of sustainable design. The interdependence between human design and the impact on the natural world demands co-existence in a healthy, supportive and lasting way.

    Scott Henson, a full-service Architectural firm, knows sustainable design. Ask how he can update your environment in a responsible way. Contact Scott Henson today.

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