NCPTT has been working for a number of years investigating the relationship between historic preservation and sustainability. NCPTT is committed to collaborating with a wide variety of partners representing federal, state and local governments, nonprofit, research and educational organizations, and others to define and develop the role of historic preservation in safeguarding historic resources in a sustainable manner.
As a result of these efforts the National Center has ongoing collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other public and private entities. As part of this collaborative effort, NCPTT is currently developing a sustainable preservation research strategy that will help to define research in this area.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System has become the industry standard for demonstrating the sustainability of new construction and rehabilitation projects. Many NPS and other rehabilitation projects aspire to achieve LEED certification. To facilitate accreditation opportunities for cultural resource professionals, NCPTT has offered a number of LEED preparation workshops.
In April of this year, NCPTT offered Green Preservation: A LEED Technical Review and Exam Preparation Workshop, to prepare participants to take the LEED Green Associate Exam. This workshop was held in partnership with the Cultural Resources Management Program of the NPS Intermountain Regional Office and took place at their offices in Santa Fe, N.M.
NCPTT partnered with the Louisiana National Guard and the National Guard Bureau to provide training on the LEED rating system and on strategies for greening historic buildings. The training occurred June 16-18 at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, La. National Guard employees from across the country participated.
Working with the Association for Preservation Technology, the National Center is supporting the development of a workshop that will focus on tools and approaches to quantifying the sustainability of historic structures. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the APT annual conference, which will take place on Oct. 6-9 in Denver, Co.