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Historic New England tests energy conservation at Pierce House

Air sealing at Pierce House
Analyzing air leakage with a blower door at Pierce House.

Historic New England's efforts to reduce energy consumption at the Pierce House in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood are the subject of an upcoming program on October 20.

Last winter, energy conservation measures were implemented in order to increase energy efficiency while staying true to our preservation principles. These measures focused on preventing air infiltration. In this first round of work, we repointed the foundation, secured some major holes throughout the building, and added interior storm windows.

Recently, Historic New England staff re-visited the house to measure air leakage and determine whether our work was effective. We have also begun reviewing our utility bills to see if our energy costs have decreased.

Hear the results of our testing and learn more about energy efficiency projects at both the Pierce House and the Lyman Estate at Energy Efficiency and the Historic Building: Finding the Balance on October 20. 

To support ongoing preservation work at our historic properties please consider contributing to the Preservation Maintenance Fund.

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Historic New England tests energy conservation at Pierce House