<photo>Detail of reconstructed house; Link to National Park Service
STANDARDS FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND GUIDELINES FOR RECONSTRUCTING HISTORIC BUILDINGS
<photo>detail of reconstructed house

Whereas preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration treatments usually necessitate retrofitting to meet code and energy requirements, in this treatment it is assumed that the reconstructed building will be essentially new construction. Thus, only minimal guidance is provided in the following section, although the work must still be assessed for its potential negative impact on the reconstructed building's appearance.

Energy Efficiency

Recommend
Installing thermal insulation, where appropriate, as part of the reconstruction.

photo of reconstructed 1778 Kershaw House at Camden Battlefield, SC

The 18th century Kershaw House, reconstructed in the early 1970s as part of Camden Battlefield, Camden, South Carolina, features multiple energy-conserving features to guard against the warm southern climate--porches, shutters, trees, and landscape features. Photo: NPS files.

Utilizing the inherent energy conserving features of windows and blinds, porches and double vestibule entrances in a reconstruction project.

Utilizing plant materials, trees, and landscape features, especially those which perform passive solar energy functions such as sun shading and wind breaks, when appropriate to the reconstruction.

Not Recommended
Installing thermal insulation with a high moisture content.

Using windows and shading devices that are inappropriate to the reconstruction.

Installing new thermal sash with false muntins instead of using sash that is appropriate to the reconstruction.

Removing plant materials and landscape features which perform passive energy functions if they are appropriate to the reconstruction.

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Accessibility Considerations

Recommend
Taking accessibility requirements into consideration early in the planning stage so that barrier-free access can be provided in a way that is compatible with the reconstruction.

Not Recommended
Obscuring or damaging the appearance of the reconstructed building in the process of providing barrier-free access.

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Health and Safety Considerations

Recommend
Considering health and safety code requirements, such as the installation of fire suppression systems, early in the planning stage of the project so that the work is compatible with the reconstruction.

Not Recommended
Meeting health and safety requirements without considering their visual impact on the reconstruction.

 

-GUIDELINES-

The Approach

Research + Documentation

Building Exterior

Building Interior

Site

Setting

Special Requirements
Energy Efficiency
Accessibility
Health + Safety

The Standards

 

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