Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency in historic buildings is a hot topic right now, and is often cited as an excuse for demolition when in reality, historic buildings may be readily adapted for greater energy efficiency.  In fact, it has often been said that "the greenest building is the one that's already built."  

Use the links below to learn more about energy efficiency retrofits, what to look for in selecting an architect or builder, and how to retain the character-defining features of a building AND make the space energy-efficient.  

United States EPA - Energy Advise to Owners of Older and Historic Homes

National Park Service - Improving the Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

National Park Service - Weathering and Improving the Energy Efficiency of Historic Buildings

Maine Preservation - Guidelines for Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

Links To Pages Within The Commercial Property Section