THE SECRETARY OF THE
INTERIOR’S STANDARDS FOR
REHABILITATION &

ILLUSTRATED
GUIDELINES ON
SUSTAINABILITY
FOR REHABILITATING
HISTORIC BUILDINGS

  • Drawing of the nine-story historic hotel with five wind turbines on its roof.
    Not Recommended This historic hotel is a prominent and highly visible local landmark, and the wind turbines proposed to be added on the roof would negatively impact its historic character.
  • Rows of wind turbines in a flat field.
    Recommended It is often best to install wind-powered equipment in off-site, rural locations to avoid negatively impacting a historic building and its site.
  • Wind turbine in a parking lot.
    Recommended This wind turbine is located in a large parking lot next to a historic manufacturing complex and it is compatible with the character of the industrial site.
  • Image of a postage stamp with a windmill in the foreground, wind turbines in the background, the words Kansas, USA, and Forever, and the date 1861.
    Recommended This 2011 Kansas postage stamp features a traditional windmill and modern wind turbines to illustrate the importance of wind power in the growth of the state.
  • Historic postcard of a nine-story masonry hotel.
    Not Recommended This historic hotel is a prominent and highly visible local landmark, and the wind turbines proposed to be added on the roof would negatively impact its historic character.

Wind Power—Wind Turbines and Windmills

Recommended
Not Recommended
Considering on-site, wind-power technology only after implementing all appropriate treatments to the building to improve energy efficiency, which often have greater life-cycle cost benefit than on-site renewable energy.
Installing on-site, wind-power technology, without first implementing all appropriate treatments to the building to improve energy efficiency.
Analyzing whether wind-power technology can be used successfully and will benefit a historic building without compromising its character or the character of the site or the surrounding historic district.
Installing wind-powered equipment without first analyzing its potential benefit or whether it will negatively impact the character of the historic building or the site or the surrounding historic district.
Installing wind-powered equipment in an appropriate location on the site or on a non-historic building or addition where it will not negatively impact the historic character of the building, the site or the surrounding historic district.
Placing wind-powered equipment on the site where it is highly visible when it is not compatible with the historic character of the site.
Installing wind-powered equipment on the historic building without damaging the roof or walls or otherwise negatively impacting the building’s historic character.
Installing wind-powered equipment on the historic building in a manner that damages the roof, compromises its structure or negatively impacts the building’s historic character.
Removing historic roof features to install wind-powered equipment, such as wind turbines.
Installing wind-powered equipment on the historic building that is not reversible.
Installing wind-powered equipment on the primary fa├žade of a historic building or where it is highly visible.
Investigating off-site, renewable energy options when installing on-site wind-power equipment would negatively impact the historic character of the building or site.