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  • Reno Southern Pacific Railroad Department 135 East Commercial Row Reno, NV, 89501 United States (map)

Successful Approaches to Driving Deep Energy Savings and Getting to Net Zero Energy with Historic and Existing Buildings

“The greenest building is one that’s already built,” 2018 AIA President Carl Elefante. Over the past 20 years, sustainable preservation has gone from a controversial concept to a mainstream approach to making historic buildings exemplars of sustainability and adaptive reuse. Numerous projects have demonstrated how to integrate sustainable technologies and strategies, while maintaining sensitivity or even restoring the original climate-responsive features of historic buildings. This workshop will explore the intersection of sustainable design and historic preservation, highlight examples of successful sustainable preservation projects, and provide a practical step-by-step process to planning and executing sustainable preservation. Learn about integrated design, an essential process for improving health, wellness and safety by introducing healthy building strategies such as superior indoor environmental quality. This approach will help to bring new life to our cultural assets and transform them into high performance buildings ensuring their continuity for generations to come.

Annual Historic Preservation Awards Reception

This workshop is followed by Annual Historic Preservation Awards & Reception 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Registration for the awards reception will follow.

PLEASE RSVP for the awards reception here:


This event is co-hosted by the City of Reno and Historic Resources Commission and generously supported by our sponsors:

  • City of Reno, Economic Development Division

  • Councilmember Naomi Duerr

  • AIA Northern Nevada


  • Renown Environmental Action Change Team (REACT) – A Renown Health Employee Committee

  • Whitney Peak Hotel

KEYNOTE: Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, 2018 AIA President

Carl is Principal and Director of Sustainability for Quinn Evans Architects, with offices in Washington DC, Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan, and Madison, Wisconsin, and serves as design principal for a broad spectrum of projects including architecture, historic preservation, and community revitalization. As a nationally recognized subject expert, sustainability is the lens through which Carl views all dimensions of architecture. Carl emphasizes the importance of designing spaces with the understanding that people thrive in nature and need daylight, movement, fresh air, clean water, but are also social beings that seek engagement and fulfillment. Applying his extensive experience, he brings to projects leadership and pioneering ideas that bind together historical and environmental preservation. He's excited to see the ethic of stewardship extend from historic preservation to sustainability on diverse building types - from iconic buildings to vernacular and modern-era structures. Carl attended Pratt Institute School of Architecture and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in 1980.

WORKSHOP PRESENTER: Ralph DiNola, CEO, New Buildings Institute

New Buildings Institute CEO, Ralph DiNola, has dedicated his professional life to bringing sustainability, green building and energy efficiency innovation to scale. For more than 20 years he has served as a consultant to developers, governments and Fortune 500 companies seeking quantum advances in their building practices and projects. He has been invited to provide keynote presentations at corporate meetings and international conferences and serves as an expert facilitator and educator. Ralph served as a technical advisor for the Living Building Challenge™ standard and has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, including ten precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications. Ralph was founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute, served on the USGBC LEED Retail Committee and was recipient of the Better Bricks Green Building Advocate Award and voted one of the 50 most influential Portlanders by Portland Monthly Magazine. Ralph has a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from University of Oregon.