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Identifying and Improving the Energy Performance of Historic Homes

This two-part workshop will cover energy audits and retrofits of historic homes. Homeowners, architects, designers, planners, and advocates will benefits from this detailed overview of improving the energy efficiency of historic homes taught by leading experts in the field.

Part 1 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm): Identification - Energy Audits for Historic Homes

Historic homes present unique challenges for improving energy performance; however, the technology for isolating and identifying weak spots in a home’s energy use has dramatically improved in the last decade. This half-day portion of a two-part workshop will look at the latest cutting-edge methods and technology for finding the best opportunities for improving energy performance in historic residential buildings. Researchers and practicing experts will demonstrate how these technologies work, and how homeowners, architects, and other professional practitioners can best make use of these tools.

Part 2 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm): Intervention – Costs, Benefits, and Methods for Improving Energy Performance

What are the top interventions that homeowners can apply to their historic home? Three distinct sessions will each look at the top interventions for historic homes that achieve the most results for the lowest cost. Case examples will illustrate lessons learned and issues encountered.

You will…

  1. Identify weak spots in a home’s energy use, including air infiltration, lighting, ventilation, insulation deficiencies and more.
  2. Determine the most cost-efficient and low-impact design interventions that achieve the best energy performance improvements for historic homes
  3. Use the latest technologies to improve the energy performance of historic homes
  4. Name the most common problems – and solutions – to heat and energy loss in historic buildings