Overlapping Concepts of Historic Preservation and Sustainability

The concepts of sustainability and historic preservation are ultimately concerned with how our current actions will effect the lives of future generations.  Both are concerned with a sense of loss - cultural or environmental - that may be felt by our collective descendants.

One of the reasons we started this company is because there's an unfortunate misconception that historic buildings cannot be sustainable. The myth is that it is 'better' (environmentally) to demolish a historic building and replace it with a newer one containing lots of high performing technology. This scenario rarely takes into account the damage the demolition would do to the cultural fabric of a place or the negative environmental impacts caused by the demolition.  

With more than 275 billion square feet of existing building stock contributing to the consumption of energy in the US, it is crucial that we continue to improve the energy efficiency of existing and historic buildings if there is any hope of meeting the energy reduction targets set by the Architecture 2030 challenge.

Existing and historic buildings possess the silent power to connect the past to the future. Not every building is worth saving but serious consideration of the environmental and cultural impacts of the demolition of a historic building must be taken prior to their demolition. 

 

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Celebrating Women in Architecture and Real Estate

September was a celebration of Women in Architecture in Washington, DC. Nakita Reed of Encore Sustainable Design attended the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit’s Opening Reception, the WIDEA (Women Inspiring Design, Equity in Architecture) Events, as well as AAREP’s (African American Real Estate Professionals) session called Meet the Women “What It’s Really Like Being a Woman in Commercial Real Estate”

Reed also had the pleasure of introducing Roberta Washington, FAIA at the Black Women in Architecture Brunch lecture titled Hidden Figures in Architecture.  This lecture gave the historical account of the numerous African American Women who worked as licensed architects or as lead designers in the architecture profession.

"I learned more about the impact of black women in the field of architecture through this one hour lecture than I did in all of my formal education.  I knew of Norma Merrick Sklarek but didn't know of the numerous women before her", said Reed. 

Nakita Reed at AAREP Event

Nakita Reed at AAREP Event

Nakita Reed introducing Roberta Washington FAIA at the Black Women in Architecture Brunch

Nakita Reed introducing Roberta Washington FAIA at the Black Women in Architecture Brunch

ENCORE Webinar on Historic Tax Credits

Hosted by Preservation Maryland, Nakita & Ward led a webinar on the historic tax credits available at the state and federal level.   This webinar gives a quick overview of historic tax credits, the application process and tips to make your application process seamless. 

Locals learn about historic tax credit programs

Locals learn about historic tax credit programs

Residents and business owners in Chestertown's historic district learned how they could take advantage of both state and federal tax credit programs during a workshop May 10.. The workshop was led by architects Nakita Reed and Ward Bucher of Encore Sustainable Design. Reed, who serves on the Preservation Maryland board, said this is the third historic tax credit workshop held on the Eastern Shore.

Work on the MGM National Harbor's Recruitment and Training Facility

Work on the MGM National Harbor's Recruitment and Training Facility

The adapting of the former Thomas Addison School as the MGM National Harbor Recruitment and Training Facility demonstrates the advantage of reusing buildings. The former Thomas Addison school in Oxon Hill, MD is now home to MGM National Harbor’s Recruitment and Training Facility. Learn how we can work with you on your next rehabilitation or LEED project