508 Rhett Street, also known as the Conrad building to Greenville SC natives, was originally constructed before 1888, and is a true example of sustainable design from a time when sustainable construction wasn’t just a good idea or an idealistic approach, but a necessity to survive. Simple, local, durable materials, intended to provide a shelter for generations. Sustainability at its best!
Building owner, Church Watson, took it to the next level by renovating instead of rebuilding. It requires 3 to 10 times the energy and resources to construct a comparable building that is remodeled and adapted for a new purpose. By stripping the building down to its original bones, and implanting a new energy efficient design, with the bare minimum required to meet fire and egress requirements, Church revitalized a beautiful, functional and highly desirable building. It will perform for the next 50 years with minimal energy consumption, maintenance and repairs, and has the highest held LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) new building certification; an admirable goal and a positive for our environment! It doesn’t get any more sustainable than that.