Conference Recordings

Washington University’s Sustainable Historic Buildings

Published October 26, 2021
Presented by Joe Brinkmann, Trivers Associates | Railesha Tiwari, Washington University in St Louis

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Washington University in St Louis

Historic buildings often occupy prominent spots on campus and serve as touchstones for alumni, faculty, and current students. Institutions must work to keep them viable and efficient to ensure their usefulness and sustainability in the future. In this session, we'll detail a 15-year history of updating historic campus buildings to remain functional, effective, and compliant with campus-wide sustainability plans on Washington University's Danforth Campus. Come learn from our proven methods of evaluating, prioritizing, and implementing measures that modernize historic buildings for maximum efficiency and compliancy with campuswide sustainability goals.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Challenge preconceived notions that historic buildings are obsolete and can't be sufficiently upgraded to reach campus sustainability goals.
  2. Use proven methods to assess your existing building's performance in regards to efficiency and sustainability.
  3. Apply lessons learned from three historic renovation projects, including one that achieved LEED Platinum, to make decisions about your campus's historic buildings.
  4. Outline energy conservation goals for historic buildings on your campus.


Joe Brinkmann, Principal, Trivers Associates
Railesha Tiwari, Sustainable Design & Construction Project Manager, Washington University in St Louis

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU/HSW 1.0 Unit (SCUPC21C1392) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Delivered 10/26/2021.

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