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  • 1.  Calculating embodied carbon in historic buildings

    Posted 01-18-2022 04:49 PM

    Dear Mr. McLaren,

    I am an architect and urban planner in NYC. Currently I am working on an environmental argument in protest of the demolition of historic fabric around the Penn Station in NYC as part of the new development project.

    I am working with the total square footage of the existing buildings, many were built in early 1900s, including by Mckim, Mead and White. I will not have time, scope doesn't warrant, to do a detailed material take off. A simple square foot value would be just great to apply.

    Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    I thank you for your time.

    Damyanti Radheshwar FIIA AIA LEED AP



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    Damyanti Radheshwar AIA Member Emeritus
    D Radheshwar Architect
    Shirley NY
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  • 2.  RE: Calculating embodied carbon in historic buildings

    Posted 01-19-2022 06:46 PM
    Buildings from the 1900 era were documented well by the Sanford Fire Insurance maps. They are often in libraries and can be a quick overall study of these older buildings. Larger commercial buildings 1920-1940 may or may not be in Sanborn, but they might have documentation in the building department or planning agencies. Then I'd do an update check with Google Earth for any additions or if the older buildings still exist. No doubt you will take walking tours of the survey area. 

    Edward R. Acker | Emeritus AIA LEED AP 

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  • 3.  RE: Calculating embodied carbon in historic buildings

    Posted 01-27-2022 11:06 AM

    Hi Damu, check out this study by CLF which will give you some relevant benchmarking; Microsoft Word - CLF Embodied Carbon Benchmark Report 17 01 31b cover.docx (carbonleadershipforum.org)

    Hope you're doing well.



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    Varun Kohli AIA
    Battery Park City Authority
    New York NY
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  • 4.  RE: Calculating embodied carbon in historic buildings

    Posted 01-30-2022 05:42 PM
    Hello Edward and Varun.

    Appreciate your suggestions and links.
    We have walked the neighborhood, see the map below. For your interest I am including site plan and an image of the skybridge slated for demolition.
    The red boundary shows the area of impact and the yellow blocks are the buildings proposed to be demolished.



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  • 5.  RE: Calculating embodied carbon in historic buildings

    Posted 01-31-2022 02:23 PM

    Damu,

    I am estimating the demolished area as 3,650,000 sf.  Will be interested to hear what your guys come up with.

    Talk to you Wednesday.

    Mike

     

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  • 6.  RE: Calculating embodied carbon in historic buildings

    Posted 02-01-2022 06:21 PM
    A lesser known precedence of preserving value comes from the work of French Architect Edouard Francois (Wassenaar, Steven; Mark#6 (2007). Reinventing the Facade: After Hauss-Mann, p. 84-93); the work of the Architect copied the existing formal language in Architectural relief with Contemporary perforations. The relocation of Historical fabric is possible, and, leaving a Contemporary Architectural ghost is possible. Spirit of Architectural theory reference.

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  • 7.  RE: Calculating embodied carbon in historic buildings

    Posted 02-02-2022 06:22 PM
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