AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee presents Resilient Retrofit, Historic Structures Stand the Test of Time
Over 80 percent of the buildings that stand today will be in use in 2050 and beyond. The challenge as architects is to adapt these buildings not only for new uses but to prepare them to be resilient to the shocks and stresses due to climate change.
Historic structures in particular can be the key to rediscovering techniques of the past to address our future. Some of the DNA of good building practice lies in these buildings. On the other end of the spectrum historic structures are often the most vulnerable posing many difficulties in how we protect them, make them climate ready and build in resilience.
In this session AIA Houston will discuss challenges and opportunities with historic structures and existing buildings in historic districts. Specifically areas of flood protection, wind and hurricane protection, as well as addressing temperature extremes will be covered. Following case a series of case studies audience discussion and resources will be shared.