Building Technology: Utilizing a College of
Charleston Historic Building as a Model for the College of Charleston Communities
by: Angela Halfacre, College of
Implementing Sustainable "Green Building"
Technology in an Historic Setting through the Utilization of a Campus Building
as a Model for the College of Charleston and Greater Community
Dr. Angela Halfacre (Political Science
Faculty and MES Director)
Katharine Owens (MES Graduate Student)
Katherine Zimmerman (MES Graduate Student)
Bryan Cordell (Political Science Undergraduate
Jackson Ewing (Political Science Undergraduate
Rebecca Inman (Biology Undergraduate Student)
Rick Vaughn (Political Science Undergraduate
Later Additions to the Team:
Greg Baccari (Undergraduate Student)
Elizabeth Mullins (Biology Undergraduate
A research and service-learning team
of faculty and graduate and undergraduate students at the College of Charleston
have spent the last ten months of this one year project researching, renovating,
monitoring, and conducting outreach utilizing a 200 year-old historic campus
building located at 114 Wentworth Street. This project has been largely
funded by The Sustainable Universities Initiative (SUI) of South Carolina,
the Master of Environmental Studies Program, the Department of Political
Science, and the Environmental Studies Minor at the College of Charleston.
The research team defines sustainability as increasing resource and energy
efficiency as well as improving air and water quality in an economically
viable way. After researching green building construction, management,
renovation, and environmentally friendly products the group prioritized
the use of $10,000 (SUI funds) to renovate this historic building.
The goal of the project is to make the
building as "green" or sustainable as possible using a broad range of techniques
and technologies designed to target the diverse socio-economic background
located at and surrounding the College of Charleston campus. Simple
and inexpensive improvements such as checking for leaky pipes, insulating
the water heater, and replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents
were implemented first. Expensive and labor-intensive improvements
followed. Examples of these include installing ceiling insulation
with vapor barriers, using non-VOC paints to refurbish the interior, and
adding, Board of Architectural Review (BAR) approved, interior storm windows
to decrease heating and cooling lose through conventional windows.
Currently, the research team is conducting
extensive public outreach. The College of Charleston campus and surrounding
communities have many buildings of a similar age and size providing future
educational opportunities (64 of the 114 facilities on campus are historic
in nature and require special city approval for any changes or renovations).
The Green Building Renovation Project is serving as one model for the college,
community, and region working closely with other nonprofits and individuals
addressing issues concerning greenhouse gases, native species, and sustainable
businesses. For more information, please review the project's website:
Historic Renovations at 114 Wentworth were covered in the October 3,
2002 George Street Observer (page 2) and the attached US Department of
Energy Rebuild America website regarding winsulators (http://www.rebuild.org/sectors/newsdetail.asp?newsid=1360&mktid=6).
Following are some activities that have
To date, the students have presented information
the project to several classes as well as to the Carolina Recycling Association's
Mid-Year Meeting held October 4, 2002.
The service learning and
research team held several other presentations as well as a Center for
Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) Panel on "Research Teams" which
was held Thursday, November 7, 2002 (they co-presented with Allan Strand's
The project's first open house was held Tuesday,
October 8, 2002 at 4:00PM.
The College of Charleston's
green building project located in the Department of Political Science (114
Wentworth) will be featured on "Your Day with Donna London" broadcast on
South Carolina's Educational Radio Network (FM 89.3). It will be live webstreamed
and then available on the archives at http://yourday.clemson.edu.
The broadcast will be at 12 noon on Thursday, March 20, 2003. Below is
a description of the program for that day's broadcast.
YOUR DAY -- THURSDAY, MARCH 20
Focus on the Future Greenbuilding at 114
Wentworth Street. Donna London of the Jim Self Center on the Future talks
with Dr. Angela Halfacre,Director of the College of Charleston's Master
of Environmental Studies (MES) graduate program and with MES graduate student
Out & About, I The South Carolina Cotton
Museum. Bob Schuster travels to Bishopville to talk with museum director
Jansen Cox. Contact the museum to share your stories as an American veteran.
Weatherwise The Truth About Lightning.
Clemson University Agricultural Meteorologist Dale Linvill talks with Vince
DiCarlo, Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service
Forecast Office in Greer, SC.
Out & About, II Diving in the Great
Ocean Tank. We follow along as dive officer Arnold Postell takes a volunteer
into the 45-foot-deep tank at the SC Aquarium in Charleston.