Published On: Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013

2-day workshop to focus on historic preservation, environmentally friendly designs

Preservationists, architects, engineers, consultants and real estate professionals are invited to a two-day training workshop on how to combine historic preservation standards with environmentally friendly designs.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) training workshop, set for Sept. 9-10, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, is sponsored by the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), in conjunction with the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

LEED is an internationally recognized program that promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability in architecture by recognizing performance selection and indoor environmental quality. The LEED rating system provides the means of certifying the “greenness” of certain projects, but has not always worked cooperatively with projects trying to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for the treatment of historic properties.

The workshop will focus on general sustainability in the context of preservation and will include training and preparation for anyone interested in taking the LEED Green Associate exam.

The workshop is free for representatives of Certified Local Governments, $100 for other participants. With limited attendance available, registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 26.

For more information contact Pam Brooks, grants coordinator for the SHPO, at 304-558-0240, ext. 720 or pam.a.brooks@wv.gov.