News : Historic building’s energy-efficient remodeling shows what can be done

Oct 15, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat.

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH -- Two years after undertaking major structural overhauls on their 1804 Federal style office, Portsmouth’s Petersen Engineering put its impressive energy efficiency improvements on full display Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Green Buildings Open House Sept. 13.

Owner James Petersen conducted tours of his 335 Maplewood office during the Open House, which showcased both residential and commercial spaces that have adopted significant green measures.

While a number of the space’s improvements will be showcased, Petersen says he’ll place particular emphasis on two years of data detailing the building’s marked improvements, as well as the company’s new condensing gas boiler.

Largely due to the improvements to the building enclosure – the walls, windows and roof were all overhauled in 2010 – the architectural engineering firm’s headquarters currently uses half the energy per square foot as the typical office, according to data put forth by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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