Have you heard about the tax credits available for weatherization? So far, those incentives have only been available for new materials like replacement windows, and therefore aren’t available to owners of historic buildings who want to maintain their character.
A piece of legislation is going before Congress tomorrow that can change that. The American Clean Energy and Security Act includes a very important provision, the Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance Program, that allows building owners to get tax credits for sensitive energy upgrades, like window repair and appropriate weatherization.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Advocacy Center has a site where you can quickly email your Congressperson an automated note in favor of this legislation. I just did it, and it took about 30 seconds! Please act now to support this legislation, as Congress is scheduled to vote on it tomorrow.
For more on appropriate energy upgrades for historic houses, please see our online publication, Rehab Rochester, and the National Park Service’s Preservation Brief No. 3, Conserving Energy in Historic Buildings.
Posted by Katie Eggers Comeau, Director of Preservation Services