November 26, 2013

Toolkit Round-Up: Green Historic Home Edition

Job Corps, Grey Towers. Credit: USDAgov, Flickr.

Sustainability is a hot topic in preservation (as evidenced by the great work of our Preservation Green Lab), because it's a natural intersection of values. When we say "sustainable" in the context of historic preservation, we’re talking about using what we already have -- in this case, buildings, and the features and materials that make them unique and historic.

In this week's toolkit round-up, we share with you three presentations that bring sustainability to your front door and help you achieve a "green" historic home -- from ways to weatherize your historic home to methods for retrofitting your historic windows. Thanks for helping the earth ... and a historic place!

10 Ways to Green Your Historic Home

Many older homes were constructed with energy efficiency in mind (when home owners once had no choice, because things like central AC weren’t an option), so their "environmental friendliness quotient" is already high. Learn how you can continue retrofitting and reusing these places in ways that both honor their original construction and also reduce their environmental footprint in a modern world.

DIY window tools. Credit: Muffet, Flickr

10 Ways to Weatherize Your Historic Home

In this toolkit we share 10 ways you can increase your home’s energy performance in a way that maximizes energy savings and preserves your home’s historic character. Most of these recommendations will work for a home of almost any age or style, so if you’re the owner of an older or historic home, you can feel good about living in a building that has served well for 50, 100, or 200 years or more.

10 Things You Should Know About Retrofitting Historic Windows

[10 on Tuesday] 10 Things You Should Know About Retrofitting Historic Windows from Saving Places

Drawing from the Preservation Green Lab report, Saving Windows, Saving Money: Evaluating the Energy Performance of Window Retrofit and Replacement, this toolkit tackles the misconception that replacing windows is greener than restoring them. Learn why you should protect original windows, and how you can do it.

Julia Rocchi is the director of content marketing at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and gawks at buildings.


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