Preparing your House of Worship for the Winter, Part 1

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Building Care Power Point presentation from the workshop "Preparing your House of Worship for the Winter," co-sponsored by the Boston Preservation Alliance and MA Interfaith Power & Light. Held on Oct. 29, 2011, at St.Mary's Episcopal Church in Dorchester

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Preparing your House of Worship for the Winter, Part 1

  1. 1. Preparing Your 10.29.2011House of Worship Donham & Sweeney, Architects Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principalfor WinterMinimize weather-related damageWhat to look for; foundations, walls, roofs, windows and doorsSave energy and money
  2. 2. THE ENVELOPE Protection from rain, wind, heat & cold Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal 10.29.2011 Donham & Sweeney, Architects
  3. 3. THE ENVELOPEProtection from rain, wind, heat & cold Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal 10.29.2011 Donham & Sweeney, Architects
  4. 4. • Roofs, the top of the building envelope 10.29.2011 Donham & Sweeney, Architects Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal THE ENVELOPE Protection from rain, wind, heat & cold
  5. 5. • Roof Elements of the Building Envelope 10.29.2011 Donham & Sweeney, Architects Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal THE ENVELOPE Protection from rain, wind, heat & cold
  6. 6. • Walls & Wall Elements of the Building Envelope 10.29.2011 Donham & Sweeney, Architects Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal THE ENVELOPE Protection from rain, wind, heat & cold
  7. 7. • Window & Door Elements of the Building Envelope 10.29.2011 Donham & Sweeney, Architects Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal THE ENVELOPE Protection from rain, wind, heat & cold
  8. 8. • Foundations & Slab Elements of the Building Envelope 10.29.2011 Donham & Sweeney, Architects Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal THE ENVELOPE Protection from rain, wind, heat & cold
  9. 9. Overhangs Accessibility Walking PathsSAFETY Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal 10.29.2011 Donham & Sweeney, Architects
  10. 10. Roofs: Doors:Check for damaged or cracked tiles Lubricate squeaks at hingesCheck snow gates & fences Repair faulty locks Repair paint finish or repaint if neededGutters & Valleys:Clear debris Windows:Check slope (water test, look for puddles) Check sash locks 10.29.2011 Repair rotten woodFlashings: Replace cracked & broken glassCheck for cracks/holes Repair paint finish or repaint if needed Donham & Sweeney, Architects Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, PrincipalSecure Ceilings:Sealants: Check for stains and peeling paintReplaced cracked or brittle areas Site:Walls: Check ground, slope away from buildingLook for cracks in walls (bigger problems) Repair heaved walking paths & stepsCheck mortar for deteriorationClear organic growth away Interior:Repair paint finish or repaint if needed Use walk-off mats to save floors WINTER MAINTENANCE
  11. 11. Create an annual inspection checklistPerform annual fall “cleanup”Inspect painted areas and repair; clean, scrape, sand, touch up paint 10.29.2011Clean out gutters and test for performance Donham & Sweeney, Architects Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, PrincipalExtend drainage further away from buildingRe-grade landscape at building perimeter to slope awayPurchase walk-off mats for entrancesClean organic growth from masonry (water and brushes, spray at 300psi max) Inexpensive Projects [Do-it-Yourself]
  12. 12. Perform a detailed assessment of the property (useful for grant applications)Roof repair/replacementMasonry pointing/repair/cleaning 10.29.2011Major windows & door restoration Donham & Sweeney, Architects Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, PrincipalStained glass repair/restorationStructural repairs Larger Projects [Involve a building professional]
  13. 13. Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal 10.29.2011 Donham & Sweeney, Architects
  14. 14. Partners for Sacred Places: sacredplaces.org 10.29.2011National Trust: preservationnation.org/issues/weatherizationNational Park Service, Preservation Briefs: nps.gov/hps/tps/briefs/presbhom.htm Donham & Sweeney, Architects Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, PrincipalNational Alliance of Preservation Commissions: uga.edu/napcHistoric New England: historicnewengland.orgMassachusetts Historical Commission: sec.state.ma.us/mhcHopewell Maintenance Guidelines: hopewelltwp.org/Historic_Guidelines-4.pdf OTHER RESOURCES
  15. 15. Principal Donham & Sweeney A R C H I T E C T S Jeff Shaw, AIA LEED APTHANK YOU Jeff Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal 10.29.2011 Donham & Sweeney, Architects

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