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Summer 2012 Forum Journal: Green and Local Powers Preservation

​ Cities both large and small are embracing sustainability for a number of reasons and in a variety of different ways. The Summer 2012 issue of Forum Journal focuses on the efforts of local communities to integrate historic preservation with sustainability goals. These efforts range from ...


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Spring 2009 Forum Journal: Positioning Preservation in a Green World

T able of Contents • Introduction by Emily Wadhams • Historic Preservation and Green Buildings: Finding Common Ground by Richard Moe • Positioning Preservation in the Center of the Green Area by Steve Tilly • The Secretary Standards and Leed: Where They Work Together and Where...

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Developing Sustainability Guidelines for Historic Districts (2011)

A guide for historic preservation commissions on how to include sustainability principles in design guidelines for rehabilitation of historic properties and for design of compatible new construction in historic districts. #PreservationTools #GreenGuidelines #historicdistricts #design


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March 2013 Forum Focus: Putting the Saving Windows, Saving Money Report to Work

The Preservation Green Lab’s recently released report, Saving Windows, Saving Money: Evaluating the Energy Performance of Window Replacement and Retrofit, helps owners of historic homes make informed decisions about the pros and cons of retrofitting or replacing older windows in order to...


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Positioning Preservation in the Center of the Green Arena

Climate change has put us all on the defensive. Preservationists, in particular, are defending their sites and their value system. On the one hand, they are devising physical defenses for historic resources threatened by flooding and other effects of global warming, and on the other, they are...

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Greening Design Guidelines: Two Case Studies, New Orleans and Oklahoma City

Preservation commissions across the country are taking a fresh look at their preservation guidelines in light of rapidly evolving changes in energy-saving technologies. And many are finding that they can be part of the solution, rather than simply an obstacle. Two cities— New Orleans and...

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Going Green: Applying a Sustainability Lens to Historic District Guidelines

When it comes to historic neighborhoods, initiatives to promote sustainability and historic preservation can go hand in hand. The recent development of design guidelines for a proposed local historic district in Davidson, N.C., provided the town with an opportunity to weave sustainability...

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District Energy and Existing Neighborhoods

Heating systems that serve multiple users have been in place since the days of ancient Rome when they were used to provide hot water for the city’s steam baths. Since then, cities have relied on various forms of district-wide systems to provide services for residents. With the availability of...