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Green preservation

The U.S. Green Building Council has made a step towards resolving the entirely unnecessary dispute between preservationists and environmental advocates over which should take precedence in sustainable planning and architecture. The council’s LEED certification program has been revised this year to give added weight to projects that seek to preserve existing buildings - “Among its many changes, LEED 2009 includes some that will directly favor the preservation and continued use of existing buildings” since older structures are typically built of better materials and, overall, take environmental conditions into account.

One example is the Ohio Statehouse, which was built with ingenious light wells to bring sunlight into the interior of the building.  In some places, there’s no need for electic light because of the durability of this 19th century solution.

Skylights in the Ohio Statehouse

Kudos to the Leed folks for recognizing that preservation is sustainability.

From The American Institute of Architects

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