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Carroon Testifies on Importance of Utilizing Existing Buildings in Sustainability Efforts for U.S. Capitol Complex
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Preservation Architect and National Trust Sustainability Coalition, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Capitol Complex
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

Preservation Architect and National Trust Sustainability Coalition member Jean Carroon, FAIA, delivered testimony on behalf of the National Trust at a June 18th hearing of the Senate Rules Committee, “Increasing the Use of Renewable Sources of Energy and Reducing the Carbon Footprint of the Capitol Complex.” Carroon discussed the inherent advantages of reusing existing buildings, as “the carbon required to create a building … has already been expended.” She explained that there are many steps that can be taken to improve energy performance and reduce other environmental impacts associated with existing buildings.

In her remarks, Carroon noted that our ability to reduce the carbon footprint of our existing buildings “resides in the renewal of knowledge that comes from past generations and the incredible benefits that are coming from new technologies, new awareness, and new energy-conserving devices that are part of our building systems.” She commended the Senate for steps it has already taken to green the Capitol Campus, and offered some specific recommendations about how to further improve performance.

To read the complete text of Ms. Carroon’s statement please visit the Senate Rules Committee website at http://rules.senate.gov/hearings/2008/0618carroon.pdf.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: Preservation Architect and National Trust Sustainability Coalition, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Capitol Complex

Posted: June 30, 2008
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