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


Available September 2021

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.

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