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Building Envelope Renovations To Enhance Sustainability

October 19, 2018 by Mark Hanson Ph.D. LEED AP BD+C and Amy Moore in Facility Executive

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of Facility Executive magazine and is reposted with permission.


Have you ever attended an event in a building from 301 A.D.? The Etchmiadzin Cathedral in Vagharshapat, Armenia, considered to be the oldest cathedral in the world, has continued to serve people for hundreds of years. And although people think of sustainable, green building for new, modern structures, this ancient cathedral is the epitome of green building. Built using local materials, operating with little or no energy bills, and having a life cycle cost that can be spread across centuries, it is an extreme example of how existing structures can be sustainable.

While modern green building methods continue to add innovative science, engineering, materials, and technology to new buildings, these same developments can be applied to existing buildings as these are maintained and renovated. Accumulated knowledge, along with lessons learned from ancient and more recent buildings, can guide work toward sustainability in new construction as well as existing facilities.

Read the entire article here, "Building Envelope Renovations to Enhance Sustainability".

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