Sustainability in Preservation Gets Its Own Guidebook
The U.S. Interior Department provides illustrated guidelines on energy retrofitting in historic buildings.The Technical Preservation Services office at the U.S. Department of the Interior has given new weight to sustainability in a recent update to the Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Published in 1992, the guide’s chapter on “Energy Conservation” has been replaced with a separate 26-page guide titled Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. The more extensive review of sensitive energy retrofitting for historic buildings signifies a growing willingness to .
The guidelines direct historic building owners on making sustainable improvements without violating The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. While not a manual of codified requirements, it offers specific advice for how to make efficiency improvements without compromising the “historic character” of buildings.
The manual outlines “recommended” and “not recommended” practices on topics from maintenance to the installation of solar technology. Recommended practices include installing cool or green roofs, adding skylights, and installing insulation when appropriate. Illustrations accompany the text to demonstrate real-world examples.
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Published June 27, 2013