Inherently Sustainable Features

Buildings traditionally had sustainable or energy-efficient features out of necessity. Basic principles resulted in a wide diversity of responses, many of which became character-defining features of specific buildings and/or local building traditions. In the preservation of heritage buildings, it is important to recognize these features, not only as character-defining features, but also for their climatological significance. In doing so we can:

1. recognize the inherent energy-harnessing features and systems and how they function, to best work with, rather than against the historic intent

2. effectively prioritize work, including the reconstruction of non-extant original features to best meet the sustainability goals

3. learn from techniques from similar climates elsewhere in the world, foster awareness and stay attuned to opportunities to use such strategies where appropriate

 

abbreviation: ISF

 

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