Project Green: Is 'old' the new 'green?'

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by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 15 at 4:17 AM

(WHAS11) - In this Project Green, we're going to show you how going green might mean going back in time as Meteorologist Ben Pine takes a tour of one of the greenest and oldest homes in Louisville.

Gary Kleier is transforming his 105-year-old Old Louisville home into one of the most efficient, earth-friendly homes in the area.  He says it’s not about “out with the old and in with the new”.  It's more like: take the old and make it new. In fact, instead of spending thousands on replacing nearly everything in the home from the windows, to the floors, to the countertops, Kleier says he spent next to nothing.  It's all about refurbish, refinish, and restore.

"We threw virtually nothing away; we had small pieces of wood that were used in blocking in the framing.  We had medium pieces of wood that became things like this countertop and countertops in the kitchen," Kleier said.

The historic home was built in 1905. Believe it or not, some of the “greenest” homes are the ones already built, even long ago.  Maintaining and preserving what is already there can be best for the environment.

"By expending more energy by demolishing a structure and then to have to haul it away, all of that debris to a landfill you really are just negating the green goal that you may be trying to achieve," Marianne Lewis of Preservation Louisville tells WHAS11.

Kleier says that through the whole restoration, there was never a dumpster on site.  Everything was recycled, he says. He said the saw dust was even put into a compost pile.

Kleier mixed in some new green technologies as well. He added a geothermal heating and cooling system.
But Kleier says, without a doubt, the old adage: reuse, reduce, and recycle is the best way to go.
You can find out more on how to restore old homes by visiting Preservation Louisville’s website.

 

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