Research & Policy Lab

Research & Policy Lab

The National Trust’s Research & Policy Lab is the next generation of the Preservation Green Lab, expanding our research and policy innovation to issue areas beyond the original scope of environmental sustainability. The Lab conducts innovative research and develops new policies to help conserve and reuse older and historic buildings. The Lab’s ground-breaking reports provide data and analysis on the connections between older buildings and a range of positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes. The Lab maintains a national database of information about buildings in cities across the country and partners with preservation and community leaders to leverage their built assets to support more inclusive, healthy, and resilient communities.

Building Stronger Communities

Learn how historic preservation can unlock your community's potential. 

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Atlas of ReUrbanism

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The Research & Policy Lab challenges long-held beliefs within the preservation movement through big data, mapping, and spatial analysis. Our groundbreaking research uses the language of developers, city officials, and policy makers to make the case that building reuse can and should be promoted as a tool for sustainable development. 

Preservation & Sustainability

In recent years, sustainability has come to mean more than simply being environmentally responsible. Older buildings and blocks are a key component to creating successful cities and neighborhoods – historic fabric creates economically vital, socially equitable, and strong, resilient neighborhoods.


Solutions + Tools

Reusing and retrofitting vacant and underused buildings across the country will help cities become more sustainable while meeting changing market demands. To help make this process easier and more likely, the Green Lab has developed policies and tools that can unlock development potential in cities across the country.  

New Report

Under the auspices of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund and funded by the Ford Foundation and The JPB Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation presents Preserving African American Places: Growing Preservation's Potential as a Path for Equity. This report seeks to elevate emerging ideas, research, observations, and questions on the critically important issues of equitable development, social justice, and the practice of preservation .

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