Many who work in historic preservation make the case that saving old buildings is the most environmentally responsible building practice there is in that it is less wasteful - materials are retained rather than thrown out, and the "embodied energy" that went into original construction is not entirely lost by tearing down and starting anew. But there are times when preservation is thought to be in conflict with modern energy goals. Old windows and walls tend to leak, and insulating effectively can be a real challenge. Such was the case with the Hayden Building, where our original goal was to achieve LEED Silver rating. With the help of our talented design team lead by Cube design + research, our builder, Marc Truant & Associates, and Conservation Services Group, our LEED consultants, we were able to far exceed our expectations (Read a December 2012 blog post by Gabe Baldwin of Conservation Services Group about the LEED process at the Hayden Building). Thank you to all who helped us accomplish this proud achievement. Find out about other LEED certified historic buildings at http://www.usgbc.org/articles/200-years-leed-or-20-historic-buildings-you-probably-didn%E2%80%99t-know-were-green.
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