As part of our ongoing commitment to be the leaders in sustainable residential design, RWA staff members attended the Cincinnati Preservation Association’s “Old House, Green House” on January 23 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine. The seminar was Cincinnati’s first-ever program on energy efficiency and sustainability for old-house owners. Energy efficient heating and air-conditioning systems, historic storm windows, and sustainable methods of salvaging and reusing building materials were discussed.
While much attention is given to sustainability in new home construction, the fact is that much can be done to improve existing housing stock to make healthier, more energy efficient places to live. RWA has implemented a number of enhancements to existing homes that have dramatically reduced utility costs while improving thermal comfort. These include spray foam insulation, window replacement, and geothermal heating and air-conditioning systems. A number of federal, state, and local tax incentives that make these measures more affordable are available to homeowners.
Contact RWA to find out how you can make your old house, a green house.
For more information about the Cincinnati Preservation Association go to www.cincinnatipreservation.org.