Green Building

Green Building 2017-05-27T13:01:55+00:00

Green building has become integral in our modern construction methodology. For Mark Sauer Construction, Inc, (MSC) Green building is at the core of our most enjoyed portion of work; Historic Restoration.

There is nothing more Green than Adobe Restoration

MSC Green Building

MSC has been executing Adobe Restoration projects since 1986. We were building “Green” before it was chic and before it was mandated. In our long list of projects completed on the State and National Historic Register there are over 20 Adobe projects.

New technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures. The common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment.

More “Green” building by MSC is defined by the Secretary’s Standards for Historic Preservation.

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Secretary’s Standards for Historic Preservation

  1. A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.
  2. The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.
  3. Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.
  4. Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.
  5. Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a historic property shall be preserved.
  6. Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.
  7. Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.
  8. Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.
  9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.
  10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.