New federal guidelines promote sustainable historic rehab work
The National Park Service (NPS) recently released illustrated guidelines to help improve sustainability on historic building restorations. The Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings offer practical advice showing recommended—and not recommended —approaches for solar panel installation, HVAC upgrades, weatherization, insulation, and other systems and methods for boosting energy efficiency.
“Historic preservation projects generally have a lighter carbon footprint,” says National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “They also make great economic sense when a project qualifies for the National Park Service’s program that confers a 20% federal tax credit for historic rehab projects.”