What is Historecycle?
Historecycle was founded to showcase examples of historic building renovations where green elements have been successfully integrated into the building redesign. Historecycle promotes restoration and renovation, not demolition. We believe in refashioning old-fashioned buildings to save energy and benefit the environment. Historecycle started out by mining Chicago area architecture for examples of renovated historic buildings with LEED platinum, gold, or silver certification. We are branching out into other similar projects in Chicago and elsewhere that are not necessarily LEED-certified but are still focused on greening a historic building.
Historecycle features projects using the latest green technologies to revive older buildings. An outdated reptile house is transformed into an airy conservation center. An old hairpin factory is recast as a sun-filled apartment house and arts center. An underground cistern emerges from the shadows to become a repository for campus rainwater.
Why a Green Makeover?
Adaptive reuse of a vintage building in and of itself saves energy and obviates the need to dispose of salvageable materials like wood and stone, not to mention preventing the wasted effort and resources involved in constructing a new building from scratch. Developers and building owners taking the "green plunge" report big pay-offs from using modern technologies to upgrade historic structures. Not only do community treasures avoid the wrecking ball,but post-renovation, their distinctive features are literally brought back into the light.