Landmarks Preservation

Preserving Your Historic Structure's Story

Preserving Your Historic Structure’s Story

Architecture is designed with intention, meaning its form says something about the building's purpose. Form follows function. Elements such as decorative cornices, windows and doors all contribute to the story of the building's purpose. This is especially true of historic buildings. Preserving their design helps to preserve the building's story and history. Telling a Story There is rarely, if ever, anything random...

Researching Tax Rebates and Incentives in Historical Preservation

Researching Tax Rebates and Incentives in Historical Preservation

Federal and state tax credits, deductions, and property easements are designed to encourage property owners to embark on the challenging task of renovating a historic property, allowing it to function well in the modern world while keeping the character and design of the historic original. While there are differences between regions and states, basic rules apply for any historic renovation...

New York City's Renewable Roof Design

New York City’s Renewable Roof Design

As part of the 2015 State Energy Plan, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated that by 2030, 50 percent of the state's power shall come from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric. Cuomo's mandate echoes a similar policy in Germany, a nation that has implemented renewable policies and has gotten as much as 85% of the nation's energy from...

Passive House

Passive House

Passive House is a voluntary international building method with high standards for energy efficiency reducing its ecological footprint. Developed by Passive House Institute (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany. It results in an highly energy efficient and exceedingly low energy building that requires little (at times no energy) for space heating and cooling. Passive house methodology make use of buildingorientation, massing, insulation, heat...