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Pocantico Proclamation
Read the Pocantico Proclamation on Sustainability and Historic Preservation and the Nashville Challenge focusing on the impact of increasing energy performance requirements and emerging green building practices for historic buildings.

The preservation of historic and existing buildings is crucial to achieving a sustainable future for our Nation’s older communities. As interest in increasing energy efficiency and reducing operating costs grows, the National Center aims to provide leadership for the historic preservation community, taking meaningful, immediate and measureable actions to generate solutions that improve the performance of the existing building stock and create complimentary value for historic properties.

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Symposium: Preservation Meets Sustainability, June 25
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The University of Vermont  Historic Preservation Program will host a one-day symposium, Modernist Architecture Comes of Age: Preservation Meets Sustainability, on Friday, June 25, 2010 in Burlington, Vermont.  Speakers will explore the preservation of historic modernist buildings and how to rehabilitate them to be sustainable and functional in the 21st century. Keynote Speaker: Christine Madrid French Director, Modernism + ...

05/03/2010
Sustaining Cultural Resources: NCPTT Architecture and Engineering Program 2009 Annual Report
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For the past several years, NCPTT’s Architecture and Engineering program has been working to understand the potential impact of climate change on cultural resources and conversely, the impact of cultural resources on climate change. Working with a variety of partners, the National Center has promoted historic preservation as an important component of sustainable development. Conservation ...

11/30/2009
Sustainable Preservation
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NCPTT has been working for a number of years investigating the relationship between historic preservation and sustainability. NCPTT is committed to collaborating with a wide variety of partners representing federal, state and local governments, nonprofit, research and educational organizations, and others to define and develop the role of historic preservation in safeguarding historic resources in ...

07/16/2010
Sustainability Guidelines Interactive Web Feature Launched
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Technical Preservation Services is pleased to announce that The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation & Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings are now available as an interactive web feature.

07/26/2013
Saving Windows Saving Money: Evaluating the Energy Performance of Window Retrofit and Replacement (2012-02)
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Retrofitting windows with high performance enhancements can result in substantial energy savings across a variety of climate zones. Selecting options that retain and retrofit existing windows are the most cost effective way to achieve these energy savings and to lower a home’s carbon footprint. Retrofits extend the life of existing windows, avoid production of new ...

10/10/2012
Project team explores forgotten African American History
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The newly created Natchitoches Parish African American Cultural Heritage Initiative (NPAACHI) is working to develop sustainable communities in Natchitoches Parish, La., that serve as heritage destinations and improve the quality of life for residents. The National Center for Preservation Technology & Training, which is headquartered in Natchitoches, is sponsoring the initial research and documentation for ...

07/01/2011
Preservation Institute: Nantucket
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NCPTT’s Andrew Ferrell and Kirk Cordell served as guest instructors for the University of Florida’s Preservation Institute: Nantucket. They lectured on the role NCPTT plays in facilitating research and training in innovative technologies for historic preservation. Particular topics included NCPTT’s grants program, sustainable preservation, preservation trades training, and disaster response and planning for cultural resources.

07/20/2009
Pocantico Proclamation on Sustainability and Historic Preservation
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This past November the Friends of NCPTT and the National Trust for Historic Preservation convened a small group of experts to discuss historic preservation and environmental sustainability. After two days of intense discussions, the group developed the core of the Pocantico Proclamation on Sustainability and Historic Preservation. While a good starting point to further discussion on ...

06/17/2009
New NPS Guidelines on Sustainability Available
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Technical Preservation Services of the National Park Service has released a set of illustrated guidelines to help improve the energy efficiency of historic buildings while preserving their historic character. The Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings offer practical advice to building owners, developers, and preservation practitioners, showing recommended – and not recommended – approaches ...

06/03/2011
New Guidance for Installing Solar Panels on Historic Properties
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TPS published new online guidance for Solar Panels on Historic Properties to showcase successful projects that have added solar energy systems to historic buildings, districts, and landscapes. The guidance will be updated with additional examples over time.

02/15/2013
NCPTT experiences Rocky Mountain High-Tech at the Association for Preservation Technology Conference
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This past week, I was thrilled to attend my first-ever Association for Preservation Technology (APT) conference. The conference was hugely successful, both in numbers and in the quality of information presented. We at NCPTT were happy to take part as a sponsor of the conference and a partner in some of the learning experiences there. The ...

10/09/2010
Lead Paint and Historic Buildings, Training Manual (2002-07)
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In 2000, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) published an NCPTT funded training manual on the subject of lead paint and historic buildings.

12/31/2002
Historic Tax Credits Spur Sustainable Rehabilitation
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The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings, and is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs, the largest such program specifically supporting historic preservation.  Administered by the National Park Service’s Technical Preservation Services (TPS) office and the Internal Revenue ...

08/01/2012
Guide for Use of Wood Preservatives in Historic Structures (2012-10)
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This document provides guidance on wood preservation options in the context of historic preservation. Preserving wooden building materials is critical to historic preservation practitioners. Biodeterioration can be minimized through design, construction practices, maintenance, and, if neces¬sary, by use of wood preservatives. Moisture is the primary cause of biodeterioration, and if exposure to moisture cannot be ...

11/16/2012
Green Design and the Economy of Sustainability (Podcast 12)
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In this edition of the Preservation Technology Podcast we join NCPTT’s Jessica Cleaver as she speaks with Tracy Nelson, director of the Historic Building Recovery Grant Program, about sustainability and historic preservation. Download as an mp3 or subscribe via iTunes.

01/07/2010
Courses: Sustainability and Stein Communities, 21-22 May
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Cornell University’s Historic Preservation Planning Program will offer two courses, Preservation and Sustainability and Preserving Stein Communities, from 21 to 22 May at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York City: Preservation and Sustainability addresses energy- and resource-conscious design at both building and neighborhood scales through the strategies, tools and ethos of historic preservation. Topics ...

05/03/2010
Conference: “Growing Green: Traditional Building and Sustainable Development” (Oct. 20-23, 2010)
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This year’s Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference grapples with a very timely question: “how do we make traditional buildings energy efficient while also preserving their historic character?” This subject and much more will be presented in 50 seminars, workshops, architectural tours, keynotes and craftsmanship demonstrations held over four days in one of America’s greenest cities, ...

08/23/2010
Call to Action – NPS Cultural Resources Programs
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In preparation for its approaching 100th anniversary in 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) has published A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement to help chart a path for our second hundred years. As we look to establish priorities and focus our efforts on areas likely to have the most ...

01/20/2012
2011 GreenGov Symposium
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The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced today that its second annual GreenGov Symposium, which aims to bring together leaders from government, the private sector, non-profits and academia to identify opportunities to create jobs, grow clean energy industries, and curb pollution by greening the Federal Government, will be held in Washington, DC on ...

06/30/2011

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