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Call for Submissions: Green Preservation Projects

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The Municipal Art Society, in collaboration with Terrapin Bright Green and Cook+Fox Architects, is releasing a call for submissions soliciting case studies of green preservation projects, which may be selected for use in the manual, “Greening New York City’s Historic Buildings: A Guide for Property Owners.” The manual will provide guidance for building owners, architects and contractors on how to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of historic buildings without compromising their character or resiliency. The case studies will be used in the manual to illustrate best practices and supplement the technical information. We are looking for examples of green retrofits in historic buildings under 50,000 square feet, which were built before 1940. These projects must be located in the five boroughs of New York City. Complete submittals are most likely to be included in the Manual. Please include the following information:

  • Property Information.
  • Address and Borough.
  • Categorization of building type as: Row House and Tenements, Apartment Buildings, Detached, Commercial and Institutional Buildings, or Other.
  • Identify whether the building is an individual NYC landmark, located in a NYC historic District or listed on the National Register of Historic Places (individually or in a historic district). Undesignated historic buildings will also be considered.
  • A brief description of the project and energy efficiency or other green measures taken.
  • Intent and goals of the project.
  • Challenges and lessons learned.
  • Financial and/or energy performance assessments. Information on the use of financial incentives related to energy efficiency and/or historic preservation tax credits.
  • Before and after pictures.

Send your full submission to rachel@terrapinbg.com by April 16, 2012. If you have any questions, please email Lisa Kersavage at the Municipal Art Society. Please note: Complete submittals will be given priority and MAS reserves the right to not use any of the submittals. For more information on the Manual, please click here.