Heritage BC: Why should we care about building resilience?


Building Resilience and Environmental Impact

If the warnings of climate change had not already been heard, the UN recently issued a “report by the world’s leading climate scientists [as] an ear-splitting wake-up call to the world.” The heritage community has a huge opportunity and a very large stake in the climate change conversation.

We understand values-based interventions and we identify solutions to preserve built heritage in a way that retains usefulness and value. Our approaches to problem-solving and our focus on optimal outcomes offer a natural alliance with environmental protection and a reason to promote the mutual benefits of integrated methods.

With these three complementary workshops, we explore the intersections of heritage conservation and environmental planning, and we investigate design and construction processes to achieve sustainable and sensitive solutions that positively affect our built and natural environments.

Presented by Mark Brandt, co-author of Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Sustainable Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada.

Why Should We Care?
In this introduction and call-to-action, Mark Brandt shares his passionately-held belief that natural and cultural conservation is one and the same thing, and he demonstrates the strong commonality between conservation and rehabilitation of built, cultural and environmental heritage. Starting with a broadly-based whole-building ecology, Mark challenges the perception older building are inherently energy inefficient and he explores how interventions can be in line with environmental targets.

How Is It Possible? As co-author of Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Sustainable Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada, Mark discusses the key principles of the Practical Guidelines and how they can be applied to a wide variety of building types, from homes to large-scale non-residential sites. Mark will provide fundamentals on the practice of conserving sustainably, introduce the new free, web-based tool, and help us understand how to easily use it on our heritage conservation projects.

What Is The Proof? In this third workshop on Building Resilience and Environmental Impact, Mark and guest panellists share case studies, demonstrating that, in fact, theory can be put into practice and measurable results are possible and achievable. The case studies will show us lessons learned, what went right or wrong, and the keys to their overall success, winning heritage awards and community enthusiasm. You will get both the “behind the scenes” views as well as the finished project in its context within the community.

Discover the Conference program

AIBC and PIBC credits now listed for all conference activities. See the conference schedule for details.

Free Heritage BC Webinars

Taking Action: Organizational Preparedness for Diversity and Inclusion

Friday, May 24 at noon PST


The 2019 intake for the Heritage Legacy Fund will open March 18 and close May 17. All potential applicants must be in touch with the Program Manager to verify eligibility and receive instructions for the online application by May 10.

Please visit our website or use these links for detailed information:

2019 Guidelines
Heritage Conservation Worksheet
Heritage Awareness Worksheet
Heritage Planning Worksheet
Indigenous Partnership Worksheet

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