Historic Home

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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Perry House (c. 1690) main fireplace and keeping room (photos by John Poole) 

The above two photos are of the Perry House, a landmark of Stratford, Connecticut. Built (mostly) in 1690, this house truly symbolizes historic preservation. Used as both a school and later public housing, it was nearly lost in the early 1990s, until the town took over and commissioned a major restoration effort. Today, it is home to the Perry House Foundation and local Chamber of Commerce, and holds museum hours and hosts local events. The town engineer claims that the Perry House has been made compliant with all modern building codes, yet still possess nearly all of its original, historic character.

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Two Part Epoxy and Repair of Structural Wood

Started by John Poole. Last reply by Patrick Michael Hayes Oct 14. 11 Replies

Does any one have any experience with repairing structural wood with 2-part epoxies? I'm not referring to simply patching surface areas with pastes or putties, but more along of the lines of injecting liquid two-part epoxy into structural wood in…Continue

Tags: Wood, Repair, Structural, Epoxy

Historic Windows: UV and Thermal Transfer

Started by John Poole. Last reply by Shade Structures Jan 31, 2013. 23 Replies

Historic windows present challenges when it comes to mitigating the effects of UV and thermal transfer. Providing both UV and thermal barriers for historic windows is often accomplished via some ancillary attachment. Here are a few examples, with…Continue

Tags: Transfer, Barrier, Thermal, UV, Preservation

Historical Window Energy Efficiency Upgrade Standards?

Started by David Clark. Last reply by Robert R Gilbert Jul 13, 2011. 11 Replies

Historical Window Energy Efficiency Upgrade Standards? My name is David Clark, and I am an artisan/craftsman and the Old House Window Wright, out in Northern California. I'm also a long time home performance enthusiast. I have been rehabilitating…Continue

Historic Windows: Air/Moisture Infiltration

Started by John Poole. Last reply by Bill Bradbury Jul 10, 2011. 1 Reply

Historic windows almost invariably present two specific challenges to home energy efficiency:1) Air & moisture infiltration/exfiltration2) UV & thermal transferAssuming that sashes are in good shape and weather tight,…Continue

Tags: Sealing, Moisture, Infiltration, Preservation, Windows

Spanish Style Architecture Wall Construction Details

Started by John Nicholas. Last reply by Bill Bradbury Jun 29, 2011. 2 Replies

I have a spanish style home CA 1929 with an addition in the 1970s.  The external appearance is very consistent, indicating involvement by an architect or design professional of some type.  The appearance is adobe construction with red tile.  On the…Continue

Dry Laid Stone Foundation - Exterior Treatment (via John Nicolas)

Started by John Poole. Last reply by David Fay Jun 23, 2011. 3 Replies

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…Continue

Tags: Rodents, Masonry, Stone, Foundation

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Comment by John Poole on March 17, 2011 at 4:31pm

All group members should feel free to initiate topical discussions. Areas to be covered may include (but are certainly not limited to):

- Retrofitting w/o compromising historic fabric
- Difficulties in air sealing and insulating
- Preserving historic/original windows
- Dealing with older foundations and basements
- Weatherization
- Air quality and humidity
- HVAC upgrades
- Passive heating and cooling techniques (landscaping, insulating shades, etc.)


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