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Sustainable Preservation Series and Summer Expo- Built to Last: The Crossroads Between Sustainability and Historic Preservation

Thu July 21, 2016 at 4:00 am

Please join us for our 2016 Summer Conference and Expo on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Roger Williams University.
This year’s conference will be exploring the world of Sustainable Preservation, in both existing and historic buildings. Highlights include presentations on design considerations relative to air barrier and thermal insulation, the preservation and restoration of existing roofing systems vs. roof replacement, financing historic properties and a recently added walking tour of Fall River, MA.
Event Schedule:

Sessions: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
RWU School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation

9:00 am-9:30 am Registration

9:30 am-10:00 am Intro to Program

10:00 am-11:00 am Gale Associates: Harvard Building Study
Edward J. Steward, RRC., Brian H. Neely, AIA, CDT, BECx

Many existing buildings were constructed before current energy and building codes required a continuous air and vapor barrier, and exterior insulation. In an effort to improve the thermal performance and interior air quality of these facilities, many building owners are looking to upgrade their existing infrastructure. The presenter recently completed evaluations of several existing higher education facilities with a focus on improving the exterior building enclosures.

11:15 am-12:15 pm Roof Presentation: A Sustainable Option
Charles Fitzgerald

This presentation will explore the concept of the preservation and restoration of existing roofing systems as a more sustainable option to that of roof replacement.  Various materials and methods will be reviewed that can help extend the service live of a wide variety of existing roofing systems, as well as the process of how to determine which roofs might be a good candidate for a roof preservation approach.  The presentation will also delve into the economics, building code ramifications and environmental benefits of roof preservation.

12:15 pm-1:00 pm Lunch in the Gallery

1:15 pm-2:15 pm Funding to Maintain the Past for the Future: A Panel Discussion
Eric Busch, Principal at Rustpoint Advisory and The 1772 Foundation, Holly Grosvenor, AIA, James Gibbs, AIA
A discussion about project finance involving historic properties and special finance opportunities, historic tax credits and carbon credits.

2:30-4:45pm  Seeking Fall River’s Falling Water: A Field Trip to a Sustainable Power Source

Holly Grosvenor, AIA
Thomas Paterson, Mills Alliance
George Delany, Mills Alliance
Dr. Patricia J. Tod, Mill Owner
Marc Belanger, Chairman of the Society of Industrial Archeaology
The trip will begin at the Marine Museum with a greeting from Fall River Mayor, Jasiel Carreia exploring the exhibits featuring the historic Fall River Line. From there we will tour the Anawam Mill across from the museum that houses new business start ups and wrap up with a tour of the Queqechan Falls near the Metacom Mill Complex.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Allied Member Expo and Cocktail Hour:
Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center
6:00pmLobster Boil:  
Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center


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Thu July 21, 2016
4:00 am
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