WORKING WITH HISTORIC BUILDINGS
There's no denying that old buildings need regular maintenance. The following resources can help property owners identify and prioritize needed repairs and maintenance and assist with researching best practices for working with historic building materials.
One of the most complex and enduring debates in preservation is windows - repair vs. replace, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appearance are just some of the issues property owners are faced with. The best first step is getting educated on the benefits of preserving your old windows and when replacement is the right choice. These resources provide a comprehensive overview.
Energy Efficiency and Green Technology
Preservationists often make the case that rehabbing existing buildings is an environmentally responsible practice. How do crossover topics such as energy efficiency, weatherization, and renewable energy enter this conversation? Old and historic buildings are adaptable to these concepts, but not without an understanding of inherent energy efficient characteristics and best practices for energy conservation measures. The following resources can help property owners navigate through the relevant topics and issues.
Hazardous Building Materials
As technologies rapidly advanced over the last century and building materials were not subject to strict safety regulations, many historic buildings have remnants of hazardous products that ultimately need to be removed or remediated. Below are some examples of best practices for addressing common hazardous materials.
Substitute and Synthetic Materials
In recent decades, many advancements have been made in construction materials, but not all are the right fit for historic buildings. While sometimes useful when making repairs, other applications can have varied impacts – from loss of architectural character to unwanted moisture – and must be considered carefully. Follow the links below for a variety of examples and guidelines.
Masonry and Mortar
Masonry buildings and materials are known for their durability, structural integrity, and often ornamental features. With a wide range of masonry types and their related physical properties, proper care and maintenance is essential. The following resources cover a variety of topics related to masonry terms and conservation techniques.