Historic and vintage homes are significant to our cultural heritage, yet often lack energy efficiency and comfort. Our mission is to identify key issues, solutions, and best practices when retrofitting much older homes.

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  • You're welcome, John! Whenever I find some resource that seems useful, I'm making it a point to post it here.
  • John,  Thanks for the link to the Vintage Home Essay.  That is worth reading and keeping for future marketing.  I am thankful I have a fellow in the area that loves to rebuild windows instead of replacing them.
  • Decent overview/intro to retrofitting vintage homes: "Old House Beauty, New House Performance"

    http://www.myoldhouseonline.com/profiles/blogs/old-house-beauty-new...

  • More resources on preservation and energy efficiency:

  • Some useful articles and links relevant to traditional windows:

  • Very cool publication, Chris.  We work with tons of row homes - some listed as historic buildings.  Lots of challenges in the attics and basements and crawl spaces.  Thank you for this group.
  • That's a great resource, Chris! Thanks! Just paged through it, but will study it more thoroughly as soon as I can. And welcome to the group!
  • What a great group, John! I look forward to many good discussions here.

    A really great resource that I came across the other day is from Building America, called "Energy Performance Techniques and Technologies: Preserving Historic...". It has a lot of useful information and links to case studies and other documents that can help a preservation project looking not only to preserve, but to increase the energy performance of the home.

  • Hi John, Thanks much for joining the group. I hope you don't mind, but I re-posted you question as a discussion forum entry, so that replies can be attached directly to it. Also, photos can be posted there, as well, if you have any photos that might be helpful.

     

    We should probably use the comment wall for general matters pertaining to the group as a whole, rather than specific problems, since these wall comments can't be replied to directly, and can't be collapsed as discussions expand.

     

    Regarding your question, I have no ready answer for that one. However, I'm in the process of recruiting as many folks as I can who are skilled trades people in more traditional building techniques and restoration / preservation to join HEP and this group. So am hoping we'll be able to get you some suggestions as soon as possible. ~John

  • How do you treat the outside of a stacked stone crawl space wall?  I have specified 2 part spray foam for the inside.  There is much evidence of rodent entry and exit inside without and visible holes on the outside.  What types of work do people specify and what about some cost estimates?
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