Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Old and Green?

So. Umm. Hi.

How are you? Good? Fine.

Well. Errr. Ah.

I guess this is bit awkward. I've been gone awhile. I don't really know what to say.

You didn't notice? Really? You've been busy too? Oh good.

Last night I attended a presentation put on by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which is a non-profit, non-government funded agency that "provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities."

It was about how green it is to reuse existing buildings rather than demolish them and build them new. The presentation was not what I was hoping for. I was hoping for a discussion on how to make old buildings more green. I'm already convinced that reusing old buildings is more green than building new, provided that they are kept up and improvements incorporated where appropriate. It's the "improvements incorporated where appropriate" that is the tricky bit and the part that I want help with.

Still, it was interesting to go to. I learned that one of the nearby cities has it's own historic preservation council. They organized the presentation by the Trust. Our village is entirely too small to have such a thing, so engaging with that council could be interesting, providing it isn't a bunch of little old ladies who are more concerned with what kind curtains people are hanging in their windows, or if the paint used on the house is an exact match to the color that was used in 1898.

I also came across this link about LED light bulbs in Japan. Would you spend $40 on a light bulb if it paid for itself in a year or two and lasted for 19 years?

I would.


Syl said...

Yes, yes I would.

Suzuri said...

You can get them here...

YAY thinkgeek! Though, mostly I just get t-shirts from them...