25 Jun '13, 8pm

556 year old building earns LEED certification.

556 year old building earns LEED certification.

Earning LEED certification is a major achievement. Earning LEED certification for a Venetian Gothic castle built in 1453 and overlooking the Grand Canal is... wow. Cities like Venice are a window to the past. You know this if you've ever cracked a history textbook or travel guide, caught Rick Steves or Anthony Bourdain gallivanting the canals on cable, or been lucky enough to visit and see its magnificence for yourself. Centrale Ca'Foscari in Venice, now the oldest LEED-certified building on the planet (556 years old, exceeding the previous record holder, Pavilion XI at the University of Virginia, by more than 360 years) is evidence that the past really is prologue. It's evidence that bulldozing our existing buildings to replace them with ultra green structures isn't necessary. It's bonafide proof that we can work to green AND preserve the utmost integrity of the historica...

Full article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oldest-leed-certified-build...

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