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Green Building Practices and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation

08 April 2010

There has always been a conflict between the preservation of historic buildings and the need for them to 'go green'. This 2008 white paper explores these fears in the hope that it will guide discussions towards practical ways to improve the sustainability of historic buildings.

This white paper looks at how buildings can improve efficiency through modern windows, roofs, insulation and solar panels, while maintaining what makes them worth preserving in the first place.

Many old buildings have won the US Green Building Council LEED certificates and it is hoped this white paper may encourage more.

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