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Conserving Energy in Historic Buildings

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

The purpose of this (One-Hour) course is to provide the architect or engineer with a fundamental understanding and the technical knowledge associated with conserving energy in Historic Buildings.

Owners of historic buildings and their architects are assessing the ability of these buildings to conserve energy with an eye toward improving thermal performance. This course has been developed to assist those persons attempting energy conservation measures and weatherization improvements such as adding insulation and storm windows or caulking of exterior building joints.

In historic buildings, many measures can result in the inappropriate alteration of important architectural features, or, perhaps even worse, cause serious damage to the historic building materials through unwanted chemical reactions or moisture caused deterioration. This course recommends measures that will achieve the greatest energy savings with the least alteration to the historic buildings, while using materials that do not cause damage and that represent sound economic investments.

This course is based entirely on the web version of the National Park Service Preservation Brief 3 which is entitled “Conserving Energy in Historic Buildings” as published by the National Park Service- U.S. Department of the Interior.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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