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UK: Historic Homes already “green”

Posted on: September 1, 2011

Found this thought-provoking story in the Telegraph, which ran this past March:

Evidently, the UK has instituted an “Energy Performance Certificate” mandate whereby owners display the energy efficiency of a place before it can be sold or rented. The article addresses issues of traditional building — which may be more energy-efficient than previously assumed.

To read more about this, click here. Of course, such a certificate COSTS the homeowner. People in the UK will know of this mandate; others might be interested in reading about what other countries have passed for homeowner mandates. It would be interesting to hear from readers who have undergone this service, and from readers in other countries with thoughts, concerns, and other comments.

Found the HISTORIC HOME BLOG, which did a post about “Green Restoration of Historic Homes” (in the US). This paragraph is worth a re-read: “Must of what we think of as modern green design was taken for granted a century ago, when most homes were built with LOCAL and RECYCLED materials, reflective roofs, permeable walkways, operable windows, proximity to public transportation and natural-energy heating sources.” The post then goes on to discuss preservation-renovation. Special attention should be given to the section under HERITAGE ZONES, which discusses how to “divide” the home to decide what portions of a home should be treated how. Note that it says the “biggest issue is with windows and walls”, “how you insulate”, and how you “find other ways of conserving energy”. This last is where CellularWindowShades can come into the equation! They are non-invasive, decorative, versatile.

To end, here’s a Yale article on “Historic Homes Go Green“, which discusses a $190,000 renovation. And Remember: “The greenest house is the house that’s already built.”

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