So….what are the Standards for Rehabilitation and why should I be using them?
Rehabilitation as defined by the National Park Service is “the process of returning a property to a state of utility, through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those portions and features of the property which are significant to its historic, architectural, and cultural values.” While only necessary and regulatory for projects receiving Historic Preservation Tax Incentives, they also provide an excellent foundation for “best practice” seeking property owners and stewards. The Standards are massive, 252 pages, though informative and well illustrated. We are aiming to simplify their contents into bite sized, at-a-glance pieces over the course of the next few years. Although we always recommend referring to the original text and preservation consultants before undertaking your project, we hope you will enjoy and find our overviews useful.
You may also be interested in resources offered in the WBDG, Whole Building Design Guide wbdg.org