‘The Sustainability Institute at 113 Calhoun Street’ showcases natural hazard mitigation strategies as well as sustainable technologies, all in the context of a historic building.
The house at 113 Calhoun Street, estimated to have been built between 1875 and 1880, is a variant of the traditional Charleston “single house” style. The goal of the design team was to plan and execute a complete renovation and retrofit of the house according to the principles of sustainable building and resistance to natural hazards including wind, flood and earthquake. Some of the energy efficiency technologies found at the building include a geothermal hvac system and solar panels. The 113 Calhoun Street project was a partnership of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Clemson University Extension Service, the City of Charleston, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, South Carolina state government, and Charleston County. The 1999 John R. Sheaffer Award for Excellence in Floodproofing was awarded to the 113 Calhoun Street Foundation for it’s Multi-Hazard Residential Retrofit Project.
The building is open for tours by appointment and for monthly workshops, and the Institute is also using the building as a research laboratory for the purposes of analyzing energy use and retrofit strategies in historic buildings.