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Conserve Resources in Historic Buildings

Posted on: July 16th, 2007 by Barbara Campagna


  1. Seal the Cracks, Block the Openings
    Every degree of difference in the temperature between the inside and outside of a building can add as much as 10% to your heating and cooling bills. You can cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,000 pounds per year per building by making sure that gaps at windows and doors are properly caulked, fit dampers to fireplaces, block unnecessary vents, and weatherstrip all seams.
  2. Buy Laptops, Not Desktops
    As your computers need to be updated, buy laptops instead of desktops which can save up to 90% energy per unit! And make sure you recycle your old computers.
  3. Buy FSC Certified Timber
    Wood is a perfect renewable and sustainable resource, provided it isn’t being clearcut or harvested in an unsustainable fashion. To ensure the wood you are buying has come from a forest managed according to internationally agreed-upon ethical, social and environmental standards, look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber label.
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Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at