Category Archives: Historic Home Performance

Articles on Historic Home Performance, including research, modeling, case studies, best practices, work methods, and preservation standards.

NAPC Forum 2012

Last week, I added several Historic Home Performance pages to A Preservationist’s Technical Notebook: There’s an Historic Home Performance definition, an Historic Home Manifesto (based on the manifesto I’d penned last November), and yet a third page listing online Historic Home Resources relevant … Continue reading

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Thermal Images of the Mansfield House

Yesterday, I made my first set of thermal images of the Mansfield House. It seemed like an opportune time to do so; we’d had rain and cold weather for the better part of the past week. But yesterday, the sun … Continue reading

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Deep Energy Retrofits and Historic Preservation: The Beginning of a New Dialogue

[Note: On April 3rd-4th, 2012, a spirited debate erupted in the Twittersphere on the topic of Deep Energy Retrofits, involving me (@BirminghamPoint), @EnergyCircle, @GreenCurmudgeon, @EnergyVanguard, @EESavers, @CLaumerGiddens, @SLSConstruction, @LeahThayer, and @PEGENG. My good buddy Sean Lintow Sr., of SLS Construction, … Continue reading

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Water Can Be An Evil Enemy

“Controlling rain is the single most important factor in the design and construction of durable buildings, and in the control of mold” — Joseph Lstiburek Uncontrolled water and moisture are no friends of structures built by humans, and can easily … Continue reading

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Datalogging at the Mansfield House

Some time ago, I devised a simple protocol for recording indoor air temperature and relative humidity levels in the Hawkins House, using what I often refer to as commodity dataloggers — relatively simple and inexpensive devices that measure and record … Continue reading

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Historic Home Performance: The Adoption, Care, and Feeding of a New Meme

My friends Peter Troast and Will Mallett of Energy Circle have been investigating and writing about branding issues, optimal website design, and search engine optimization (SEO) for the home energy industry for quite some time now. Peter has often pointed … Continue reading

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