Sustainable Preservation: Process and Practice

Seminar Overview

Discuss the process and practice of using sustainable preservation strategies for historic structures. The environmental goal of “reduce, reuse, recycle” can enhance the capital cost competitiveness of preservation projects. Review the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards used to assess building performance. Focus on preservation challenges relating to energy efficiency, windows, lighting, indoor air quality, HVAC, and local and national codes and regulations.

Detailed Seminar Agenda


Ralph DiNola, CEO, New Buildings Institute; founder and former principal, Green Building Services; specializing in bringing green building technology to scale and bridging the divide between sustainability and historic preservation

Evaluation Comments

"A good overview for the historic preservationist."

"It gave me new terms and a much deeper understanding of LEED standards, which was great."

"Good variety and depth of information presented. Well-balanced presentation of sustainability context."

"This seminar really brought to light the challenges that environmentalists and preservationists face when it comes to saving existing buildings."

"I now have a better understanding of the complexities of green design."

"The instructor's holistic approach was excellent and educational."


Facility and project managers; engineers; property owners; developers; preservation architects; design professionals.

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Customized/On-Site Training

NPI offers this seminar as customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or for further information.