- 9:12 am - Fri, May 3, 2013
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[Lance] Hosey points to a brewery that was retrofitted into a commercial and community space … . “There is a resistance in the industry of thinking of historic preservation and sustainability as the same thing,” says Hosey. “The most sustainable thing you can do is not build, but we’re accustomed to thinking that energy efficiency lives in a technical manual.”
Pictured: Pearl Brewery/Full Goods Warehouse San Antonio, Texas
The Pearl Brewery opened in 1881 and capped its last bottle in 2001, but the 67,000 square foot, LEED Gold structure has been retrofitted to provide professional offices and meeting spaces for the residents of San Antonio. Open air breezeways passively cool the space while ceiling fans and a customized heating system allow each room to be cooled independently. A building that used to be famous for producing liquids is now known for reusing them. Rainwater captured from the roof combined with grey water from the building and is used to water the plants on site.
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