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MAS Seeks Consultant for Green Preservation Manual

Green roof at Cook + Fox OfficesToday MAS released a request for proposals seeking a consultant to prepare a manual tentatively titled Greening New York City’s Landmarks: A Guide for Property Owners. MAS, with the assistance of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), is producing the manual as an educational tool for property owners. The guide will provide straightforward action steps describing how to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of the city’s landmark buildings while meeting preservation standards. While the primary audience will be owners of New York City’s small landmarked buildings, it will also be useful to owners of small older buildings across the city. The guide should be completed by the summer of 2012, and will be published digitally and available free of cost on MAS’ and the LPC’s web sites. The publication is part of the MAS Preservation and Climate Change campaign, and will fulfill one of the milestones in PlaNYC, “to create a handbook of energy efficiency strategies for historic buildings.” In a panel at MAS 2011 Summit for New York City (October 13-14), speakers will be discussing the role of the city’s older and historic buildings play in New York’s sustainable future, and will explore the challenges and importance of retaining, improving and reusing the city’s older buildings and how doing so can generate jobs and improve the environment. MAS is grateful for generous funding for this manual from the New York Community Trust, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Elizabeth and Robert Jeffe Preservation Fund. If you’re interested or know a qualified individual, click here to download the RFP. Proposals are to be delivered no later than November 14, 2011 (not November 5).