Sustainable by Design

“Sustainable by Design” is the theme of the a special issue of Heritage, the Heritage Canada Foundation’s magazine. (April 2009)

The green revolution is sweeping through the heritage field.  We are learning a new vocabulary, adopting new technologies and making new friends.  At the same time, we are showing that the designers and builders from a century ago had some very good ideas of their own which today’s green technologists can learn from.  Who says you can’t teach a new dog old tricks?

The drive to demonstrate that heritage is green begins at home.  Many owners are determined to keep the special qualities and historic fabric of their heritage homes, but want to be good environmental citizens and save money into the bargain.

In Heritage, an article by Chris Wiebe entitled “Drop Dead Green” shows how B.C. is leading the way.  Featuring residential projects in Victoria and Vancouver, the article details how owners, designers and builders have found innovative and cost-effective ways to ensure that we can have it all – green living, comfort and style, affordability, and heritage conservation.
And there is variety here as well.  The Mole Hill project in Vancouver is an award-winning essay in affordable housing as well as green heritage.  The house at 222 Vancouver Street in Victoria, featured on the magazine cover, was a collaboration between the owners and the contractor, while 844 Dunlevy in Vancouver was an incredible restoration done by the owners themselves, another award winner.

Great projects like these are a credit to everyone involved.  They are also our best ambassadors, conveying the critical message that historic buildings are not an environmental liability but an asset.  After all, it is all about conservation.

To purchase a copy of this special issue of Heritage magazine, or to subscribe by joining Heritage Canada, please contact:
Daria Locke, Communications and Membership Officer
Email:  dlocke@heritagecanada.org
Toll free: 1-866-964-1066 / ext 238





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