May 15, 2014 | John Berendzen | Sustainability, Uncategorized

There is No Place Like Home

“The Greenest Building Is . . . The One Already Built” is the title of an article penned by Carl Elefante, AIA, LEED AP in 2007 and published that summer in the Forum Journal of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Sentiments expressed in that piece -including an acknowledgement of the challenges of transforming modern-era buildings to sustainable levels- are ones that many of today’s architects grapple with in dialogue with clients.  The same is true of this architect (and spouse-as-client) when it came time to transition from our 25-years of stewardship of an Arts & Crafts bungalow to a smaller abode.  See picture below.  To be honest, the wonderfully-light, energy-inefficient windows in the picture were since replaced with bronze-aluminum sliders by the immediate-past Owner, but (fingers-crossed) spouse-client can be persuaded to replace the replacements with ones truer to the Streamline Moderne style.  Onward to days of Future Past.

75-yr old Modern
75-yr old Moderne
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