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Galveston Historical Foundation Green Revival House Designated Local Historic Landmark, Certified Leed For Homes-Platinum
Galveston Island, Texas, March 11, 2011 Historic houses can become energy-efficient without losing charm and proof is found at 3101 Avenue Q, Galveston Historical Foundation's Green Revival House.
The project started when GHF moved the house 17 blocks to a new lot after Hurricane Ike destroyed its foundation with construction lasting through the spring and summer of 2010. The Green Revival House features new insulation, four solar panels, and two rainwater cisterns and is one of the nation’s first historic buildings to achieve Platinum certification through the LEED for Homes program. LEED for Homes is one of several versions of a program created by the United States Green Building Council to measure building performance. GHF completed the project in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the 1772 Foundation.
“We wanted to make this a model project for Galveston and other places, but also to explore the full extent of the similarities and disparities between LEED reviews and preservation issues,” says Dwayne Jones, GHF executive director. “This has given us a chance to highlight those things and make it work better for everyone. We want to see more historic home owners take a greener, more comprehensive look at their property, and not just follow the preservation rules we’ve used for many years now.”
For more information on Galveston Historical Foundation's Green Revival House, please contact Preservation Services Project Coordinator, Matthew Pelz at firstname.lastname@example.org.