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Seamon, Tom (2014) Energy management and Preservation: Identifying Approaches, Materials, Methods and Measuring the costs and benefits. In: APT Québec City 2014, Québec. (Submitted)

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For more than seventy - five years, Darrow School, an independent boarding and day school grades 9 through 12, has demonstrated a legacy of self- sufficiency, hands-on learning, community collaboration, environmental awareness, sustainable practicies, and historic sensitivity. The School's campus, located in northern Columbia County, New York comprises 315 acres and 21 buildings. Darrow School has on-site sixteen buildings inhabited year round and constucted by the Shakers, dating back to the 18th and mid 19th century. The School is, and has been, committed to preserving and using these buildiongs as per the guidelines established by the Department of Inrterior's Standards for Historic Preservation. It is an exciting and necessary challenge to upgrade these buildings to be more energy efficient while enhancing the existing building technology and respecting the craftmanship. This presentation will identify and expand on the following themes: 1) Establishing the need for energy management - Energy costs have increased to a greater degree than all other facility costs. Energy audits are a valuable tool that will help to recognize energy conservation measures that provide the largest return on investment and the payback time period. 2) Identifying the link bertween energy management and preservation - Energy conservation measures such as cellulose attic and wall insulation and window upgrades will help to preserve building system componets such as roofs, crown molding, clapboard siding, and masonry. 3) Determining approaches, methods, materials, and the results - Different building systems require different approaches to adaptive energy upgrades, while there are constant needs that must be addressed. For exammple, window treatments for historic brick structures have a greater payback than window treatments for clapboard sided structures. Not all clapboard sided structures are similar, however. Some have balloon framing that requires a slightly different approach for blown in insulation than removing clapboard siding to insulate behind sheathing or between the framing studs. In all cases, moisture control and ventilation are essential priorities when considering measures necessary to seal the building envelop and minimize thermal breaks as well as satisfying the requirements for historic external apprearance. 4) The team approach for organizing the work - A number of constituents play significant roles together in planning and executing energy upgrades in historic buildings. The energy auditor will specify needed measures and calculate the paybacks. The Board of Trustees can use this information for capital budgeting and planning. The state historic and perservation agency will have input for materials, methodology and aesthetics. Architects, engineerts, vendors, and contractors familiar with historic preservation will need to be consulted throughout the energy upgrades to insure compliance with preservation standards and best practices for adaptive energy retrofits in historic buildings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy management, energy conservation, building envelope, retrofitting
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English > Management and Case Studies
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Depositing User: Universitetsadjunkt Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 12:33
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 09:22

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