Historic preservation is not at odds with energy efficiency and sustainability. In fact, they complement each other nicely. Preserving historic buildings with the values of open space, traditional trades, and retention of material, is quite sustainable compared to the amount of material that goes into building a new house or replacing old wooden windows with modern ones. Energy efficiency is achievable in a historic home without sacrificing the character of your historic property.
Historic New England is redefining how we do business with an eye toward environmental sustainability: reducing paper mailings to focus on digital media, implementing new recycling programs at our events and functions, even purchasing different materials for our maintenance staff.
Historic New England Projects
- Weatherization and energy efficiency project at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts
- Storm windows reduce energy use at Pierce House in Dorchester, Massachusetts
Agricultural Sustainability at Historic New England
Historic New England also supports sustainable activities. At our two Rhode Island farms we are strongly committed to locally produced organic foods. Learn more about our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Casey Farm and grass-fed cattle and sheep operation at Watson Farm. We are also working with local partners to document Rhode Island farming.
Read articles from past issues Historic New England magazine to learn more about the history of sustainable agriculture at Historic New England:
Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Articles
Check out these published articles, packed with information for owners of old houses who want to learn more about increasing the energy efficiency of their homes while maintaining their historic integrity.
- "Energy Costs in an Old House: Balancing Preservation and Energy Efficiency" (PDF)
- "Taking Issue: Energy upgrades threaten older homes" (PDF) Reprinted with permission © Spring/Summer 2009, Issue No. 203 The Taunton Press, Inc.