Preservation Green Lab (Seattle, WA)
Launched in March of 2009, the Seattle-based Preservation Green Lab advances research that explores the value that older buildings bring to their communities, and pioneers policy solutions that make it easier to reuse and green older and historic buildings. The Green Lab seeks to minimize carbon impacts from the built environment through direct emissions reductions from building retrofits and reuse, and to conserve character-rich and human-scale communities that attract people to more sustainable, urban living patterns.
Despite the fact that 95 percent of the United States' existing commercial buildings (by number) are smaller than 50,000 square feet (accounting for 50 percent of floor space and 44 percent of energy usage in all commercial buildings), many in the real estate and green building industry tend to focus on the greening of much larger structures. Through our Older Building Performance Program, the Green Lab is advancing several long-term, highly leveraged projects that will encourage and facilitate reuse and retrofit of older buildings – especially smaller commercial, mixed-use, and multifamily buildings that are typically overlooked by the current retrofit market.
As a programmatic field office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Green Lab is proud to work closely with local, state and national partners to develop innovative content and strategic partnerships that are crucial to advancing our research and policy work. For the latest information on the Green Lab's research and policy projects, please see the the most recent PGL E-Update.