It is a common misconception that historical buildings are not energy efficient or sustainable. In fact, as our knowledge of building construction impacts grows, we continuously see that it is almost always more sustainable to reuse an existing building rather than demolish and build new. The idea of sustainability is an inherent principle of historic preservation. Yet, as technology changes and new ideas about energy efficiencies develop, many owners of historic buildings struggle with what new technologies may or may not be beneficial for their home or property. While historical buildings are sustainable, there are still many measures one can take to lower their energy consumption and increase the efficiency of their building.
In NPF’s recent work with our clients in potential historic neighborhoods, many homeowners have often expressed their concerns with making their homes more energy efficient. One of the most common questions we have received is regarding whether or not solar panels can be installed on homes in historic districts. The short answer to that question is yes. However, it is encouraged that solar installations within historic districts be applied so as not to jeopardize the historical character of the home. The answer to the question of solar power is not as easy as a simple yes or no, but often requires an individual analysis of the property, its siting and its historical characteristics in order to determine the best solution for installing solar panels.
Because this question is often difficult to answer at the surface level, NPF has put together a panel of experts to help homeowners in historic and potential historic districts understand the logistics and guidelines of installing solar panels on older homes. Going Solar from Start to Finish is a free panel discussion with experts in both energy and historic preservation. The panel discussion will include representatives from the Department of Energy, the Las Vegas Historic Preservation Office, the State Historic Preservation Office, and NV Energy and will be moderated by NPF board member Chris Brooks, who has an extensive background in renewable energy services.
Join NPF Monday February 8, 5:30 – 7:30 for this incredible opportunity to learn about solar installation on historic and older homes! Register here.
In addition to the panel discussion, there will be solar resources tables and a small reception with at 5:30. The panel discussion will be starting around 6:00. The presentations and a moderated discussion will be followed by audience Q&A. Come with your questions for our panel!