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.
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
Started by John Poole. Last reply by Shade Structures Jan 31, 2013.
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
Started by David Clark. Last reply by Robert R Gilbert Jul 13, 2011.
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
Started by John Poole. Last reply by Bill Bradbury Jul 10, 2011.
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
Started by John Nicholas. Last reply by Bill Bradbury Jun 29, 2011.
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
Started by John Poole. Last reply by David Fay Jun 23, 2011.
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
Started by John Poole. Last reply by John Poole Apr 15, 2011.