Rehab Green

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Eldridge Campbell Stockton Memorial Preservation Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Rehab Green: Historic Preservation, Weatherization and Sustainable Rehabilitation.

On April 17, 2010, the Town of Friday Harbor sponsored a one-day seminar called Rehab Green. The goal was to bring a diverse group of property owners, general contractors, preservationists and other building, utility and preservation professionals to discuss sustainable building practices and energy conservation, and preservation of historic structures.

The new twist to this event was that it focused on applications appropriate for the vernacular architecture-and small scale-characteristic of rural towns and cities.

The “Best of ” Rehab Green Virtual Handouts

In the interest of conserving resources, Rehab Green resource documents have been posted here, rather than using paper handouts at the event.


Top 10 Tips to Cut Winter Energy Costs: Easy and inexpensive solutions for business or home. Energy Savers. U.S. Department of Energy


Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit: A step-by-step guide for identifying and inproving your home’s energy efficiency. Developed by the Seatlle Department of Planning & Develoment’s City Green Building.

Conversation with an Energy Auditor: Tom Schlotter, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Introduction to Blower Doors, by David Keefe, Welcome to Home Energy Magazine Online

Infrared Thermography, U.S. Department of Energy

Saving Energy in Historic Buildings: Balancing Efficiency and Value, By John H. Cluver and Brad Randall, The Journal of Preservation Technology, ABT Bulletin, 41:1, 2010


Window Audit/Inspection Checklist, National Park Service, Secretary of the Interior

Keep Warm and Keep Those Windows!! Anacortes Museum, City of Anacortes Museum/City of Anacortes, WA.

What Replacement Windows Can’t Replace: The Real Cost of Removing Historic Windows, By Walter H. Culver and Brad Randall, The Journal of Preservation Technology, APT Bulletin 2006

Thermal Performance of Traditional Windows and Lo-Cost Energy-Saving Retrofits, By Paul Baker, Roger Curtis, Craig Kennedy, and Chris Wood, The Journal of Preservation Technology, APT Bulletin, 41:1, 2010

Repair and Upgrade Windows and Doors, Weatherization and Energy Efficiency, National Park Service

Historic Wood Windows, Tip Sheet, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Attic Insulation, Energy Savers, U.S. Department of Energy

Moisture Control in Basements, Energy Savers. U.S. Department of Energy

Sealing Air Leaks, U.S. Department of Energy.

Embracing Energy Efficiency, by Noelle Lord, Old House Journal Sept/Oct 2007.

Restoring Window Sashes, by David Gibney, Fine Homebuilding Magazine, Feb/March 2004.


Lead Paint Certification Poster, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Five Things Most Contractors Don’t Know About the Lead Paint Laws, Remodeling Magazine, February 2010

When is Compliance with the EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule Required? National Center for Healthy Housing


Incorporating Solar Panels in a Rehabilitation Project, National Park Service


Sustainability by the Numbers: The Costs of Construction and Demolition, National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Cost of Going Green, National Trust for Historic Preservation. Preservation magazine, March/April 2010


Incentives for Home Weatherization, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy

Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Historic Buildings, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program for Income-Producing Properties, National Park Services, Secretary of the Interior


The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, National Park Service

Preservation Green Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation


Contact Sandy Strehlou, 360.378.2810 during office hours, 10am -5pm, Monday through Friday, or via email,