Historically significant — and inefficient — buildings require extra care to preserve design while saving energy.
“When technologies don’t align with people’s needs, people don’t use them,” says Virginia Tech assistant professor Philip Agee.
Michael Sorkin died this spring, but partners on Chicago’s South Side are determined to make his net-zero plans a reality.
Supporters are optimistic that the City Council will adopt a 2021 code expected to increase efficiency by 10%.
In Boston, two firms designing affordable housing using cross-laminated timber hope it can be replicated elsewhere.