Repair or Demolish - North Dakota Flood Handout, July 2011 (pdf)
Saving Your Flood-Damaged Older & Historic Buildings, North Dakota July 2011 (pdf)
Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older & Historic Buildings, NTHP (pdf)
Additional links to preservation topics will be added often.
One of the most popular topics in preservation today is how to “green” a building. Windows are readily identified as a place where energy leaves the house so many owners look at replacing them as a way to save energy and money. Unfortunately, savings through replacement is often a myth that window advertisers take advantage of to sell more windows. In most cases, the old wood windows can be repaired and sealed for increased efficiency and pay for themselves in about 4 years. Full window replacement can take 30 years to recoup their cost through energy savings and that is longer than the life expectancy of many modern windows; the additional R-value from a historic window in good shape to a new window is less than one.
We replace very few windows in the Weatherization program. They are usually the measure that has the lowest "savings-to-investment" ratio so we avoid replacing them unless we have no other alternative.
-Michael Johnson, Utah Weatherization Program
In May 2009 the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) hosted a talk about windows in historic buildings by Gary Petri, an architect who has won preservation awards and leads the historic architecture, preservation, and technical design efforts of Slaterpaull Architects in Denver. The following weekend, SHSND and the Bismarck Historical Society hosted a workshop on window repair to show how many repairs can be done by owners themselves. Shortly after these programs were held, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) learned of some videos the Kansas SHPO produced regarding windows. These videos can be found at http://www.kshs.org/resource/windowrepair.htm If you have questions about making repairs to your historic building, please call the Archeology & Historic Preservation Division at 701-328-2089 or 701-328-3566.
Saving Windows, Saving Money: Evaluating the Energy Performance of Window Retrofit and Replacement http://www.preservationnation.org/information-center/sustainable-communities/sustainability/green-lab/saving-windows-saving-money/
The Outlook on Windows: New Threats, New Strategies (pdf - added 1-22-10)
Window Preservation Standards Collaborative: http://ptnresource.org/WPSC/
Weatherization Guide for Older and Historic Buildings http://www.preservationnation.org/information-center/sustainable-communities/weatherization/
Energy Assessment article: “Within These Walls” http://americanhistory.si.edu/house/
NPS Preservation Briefs and Tech Notes
12 Restoration Blunders according to Fine Homebuilding
NPS Online Tutorials
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