By Thea Hassan:
Buffalo’s architectural wonders sure are a charming staple of this fine city, but their old designs did not incorporate energy efficiency. CODE GREEN to the rescue!
Presented by the Preservation League of New York State as part of the NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) Energy Code Initiative, a series of workshops, “CODE GREEN: Making Older Buildings Energy Efficient,” will be held on Thursday July 14 and Friday, July 15. Designed for contractors, architects, and other building professionals, the workshops will demonstrate techniques for making older buildings more energy efficient while still preserving their beauty.
“The technology for enhancing the energy efficiency of historic buildings is improving all the time,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “The choices contractors and property owners make today can extend the useful life of older buildings and pay dividends for owners and residents both now and in the future.”
Presenters for the workshop will be coming to Buffalo from around the state to discuss issues such as the pros and cons of insulation, air sealants, heating and cooling systems, and wood window restoration. Workshops will be held as the Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration National Historic Site. There were also be field sessions, where the workshop attendees will use historic buildings, such as the Richmond Lockwood Mansion, as a living lab to test high-tech tools used in energy efficiency assessments. Attendees will also tour an English Tudor Revival house on Millionaire’s Row. Kinda makes me wish I was a contractor.
The cost for the 2-day workshop is $75, and includes lunch and materials. For more information or to register, visit the League’s website at www.preservenys.org/codegreen. Additional CODE GREEN workshops are slated for Long Island, the Southern Tier and the Hudson Valley.