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Managing Energy Use in Modern Buildings: Case Studies in Conservation Practice

Edited by Bernard Flaman and Chandler McCoy

This timely volume brings together case studies that address the urgent need to manage energy use and improve thermal comfort in modern buildings while preserving their historic significance and character.

This collection of ten case studies addresses the issues surrounding the improvement of energy consumption and thermal comfort in modern buildings built between 1928 and 1969 and offers valuable lessons for other structures facing similar issues. These buildings, international in scope and diverse in type, style, and size, range from the Shulman House, a small residence in Los Angeles, to the TD Bank Tower, a skyscraper complex in Toronto, and from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a cultural venue in Lisbon, to the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam, now an office building. Showing ingenuity and sensitivity, the case studies consider improvements to such systems as heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, and controls. They provide examples that demonstrate best practices in conservation and show ways to reduce carbon footprints, minimize impacts to historic materials and features, and introduce renewable energy sources, in compliance with energy codes and green-building rating systems.  

The Conserving Modern Heritage series, launched in 2019, is written by architects, engineers, conservators, scholars, and allied professionals. The books in this series provide well-vetted case studies that address the challenges of conserving twentieth-century heritage.

Bernard Flaman is a conservation architect and project manager with Public Works and Government Services Canada. He is currently the acting subject matter expert on modern heritage. Chandler McCoy is senior project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute, managing the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative. 

“This book reads like a conversation between a preservation architect and a mechanical engineer, meeting that gentle balance between technical content and engaging storytelling.”
—Angela Wolf Scott, APT Bulletin

“The conservation of buildings has always necessitated adaptation. Today, the need to adapt is magnified by two factors. First is the modern era’s frenetic race for innovation, which frequently outpaces habitability and durability concerns. Second, conservators must satisfy contemporary performance expectations that are ratcheted up by climate change. Both factors are insightfully and thoroughly addressed in Managing Energy Use in Modern Buildings: Case Studies in Conservation PracticeThe range of modern buildings portrayed is noteworthy in itself, from iconic structures like Kahn’s Richards Medical Research Laboratories to gems like the Catalina American Baptist Church, from idiosyncratic wonders like the Geschwister-Scholl Grammar School to classics like the Toronto-Dominion Centre. Each case study underscores the importance of employing established best practices in conservation, creatively leveraging the inherent qualities of each unique building, and forging creative and compatible solutions.”
—Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP

"The challenge of developing appropriate conservation strategies that will preserve the character-defining construction and materials of modern historic places is a significant one. Managing Energy Use in Modern Buildings features case studies of conservation projects that implement minimal intervention strategies while maintaining the historic character of these buildings, such as enhancing their original features, systems, glazing, insulation, and air barriers. The studies cover diverse climate zones and typologies and different types of interventions that could instigate further research and serve as inspiration for other conservation projects worldwide. The volume is well illustrated, and the terminology and glossary are excellent. As both a teacher and heritage expert engaged in educating emerging professionals on the energy retrofitting of historic buildings, I highly endorse this publication and its adoption as an educational resource.”
Dr. Mario Santana Quintero, Professor in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering, Carleton University and Secretary General of ICOMOS

192 pages
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
138 color & 28 b/w illustrations
4 tables
ISBN 978-1-60606-697-3

Getty Publications
Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute
Series: Conserving Modern Heritage