For over 30 years, EverGreene Architectural Arts has striven to be a pioneer in environmental sustainability. On a fundamental level, environmental sustainability is inherent to any restoration process: by conserving, maintaining, and restoring an interior, a vast amount of resources are spared, and it is in this manner that a core element of EverGreene’s business is at its inception intrinsically ‘green.’ EverGreene’s restoration practices are, however, just the beginning. Through the use of sustainable materials, working with local vendors, innovating material re-use, and recycling materials from job sites, ‘green’ practices are central to EverGreene’s business. Perhaps the pinnacle of EverGreene’s innovation is development of the G Series line of environmentally sustainable decorative finishes. Developed and produced in EverGreene’s NYC studio, the G Series includes materials such as:
- Low-VOC paints and sealants
- Lime-based plasters
- 100% recycled post-consumer glass coatings
- Salvaged precious metals
Combining aesthetics, durability, and sustainability, the G Series epitomizes EverGreene’s passion for ‘green’ innovation. Examples of G Series Applications include:
- The glass bead coating wall finish at a 409,000 square-foot state facility in California
- The lime-based plaster wall finish at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California
- The salvaged precious metals and plaster wall finish at a high-end apartment on New York’s Upper East Side
How to Measure EverGreene’s Effectiveness
Through a variety of practices, EverGreene uses its restoration and conservation techniques to look squarely towards the future.
- EverGreene’s plaster department employs trained craftsmen skilled in the consolidation of plaster, the reattachment of existing ornamental plaster, and the mechanical and crack repair of plaster. – EverGreene conservators recycle materials from their restoration sites to be either re-used or repurposed on other projects, thereby ensuring the lowest amount of waste possible. – EverGreene has pioneered various processes aimed at the re-use of specific on-site materials that would otherwise have to be discarded, achieved by consolidating existing finishes in order to spare an excess use of materials on site.
One of the metrics for determining the effect of restoration and conservation is called ‘embodied energy’ – an approximation of how much energy is required to transport materials to a building site, build a building, and then use it. In turn, the embodied energy of an historic building is equal to 5 to 15 gallons of gasoline per square foot. Therefore, with the 300 billion square feet of extant space in the United States, the current square footage of the US is equal to 1.5 to 4.5 trillion gallons of gas. This absolutely massive number speaks to the necessity of conserving and maintaining existing buildings rather than fabricating new structures. EverGreene is painstakingly aware of the exigency of conserving as much embodied energy as possible, and therefore goes to great lengths to develop innovative and unique means of maintaining and restoring as much of a project as possible.
In the aforementioned ways and many others, EverGreene has been and continues to be a pioneer in the design, innovation, and implementation of environmentally sustainable practices.