Mid-century modern residential architecture, in abundance in Boston’s suburbs, is enjoying a prolonged “moment” in the spotlight. Homeowners, prospective home buyers, and design professionals increasingly appreciate mid-century modern’s hallmark characteristics (exposed structure, natural materials, low-slung roofs, modest scale, clean lines, open floor plans, simplicity in detailing, etc.). At the same time, they bemoan its recurrent pitfalls. Poor energy performance, envelope failures, and aging building systems challenge those of us who seek to conserve, preserve, and improve these masterpieces. During this session, panelists will explore common themes in improving the performance of mid-century modern homes: weighing costs (both environmental and monetary) against benefits of updates, understanding the qualitative advantages of various approaches, sharing information among a team and working collaboratively. Panelists will share specific examples of increasing building performance without sacrificing design integrity in mid-century modern homes. Participants are invited to ask questions and share their own experiences.
Demonstrate practical, applicable knowledge of common challenges in increasing performance in mid-century modern homes.
Identify opportunities for improving performance in mid-century modern homes.
Exhibit practical, applicable knowledge of several successful approaches that increase performance in mid-century modern homes.
Discuss approaches to evaluating the costs and benefits (both environmental and monetary) for several strategies that increase the performance of mid-century modern homes.