Applying the Standards for Rehabilitation
The Standards for Rehabilitation are used to guide projects that range from a homeowner's repair of a historic house for a modern family to a major project to preserve and revitalize a historic hotel and return it to use.
Rehabilitation is the most commonly used of the four approaches to the treatment of historic buildings
The Standards provide direction in making appropriate choices in planning the repairs, alterations, and additions that may be part of a rehabilitation project. The accompanying Guidelines apply the Standards and describe specific treatments that do and do not meet the Standards. The Standards for Rehabilitation are regulatory for the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program and are the Standards most often used by local historic district commissions nationwide.
The Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings apply the Standards to historic fabric, such as masonry and wood, and historic features, such as roofs and windows. The Guidelines on Sustainability stress the inherent sustainability of historic buildings and address the application of the Standards to solar technology, weatherization, and other energy saving treatments. The Guidelines on Flood Adaptation provide information about how to adapt historic buildings to be more resilient to flooding risks in a manner that will preserve their historic character.
Technical Preservation Services has developed a wide variety of guidance on applying the Standards for Rehabilitation. Much of it has been developed in the context of the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program, but it is applicable to all rehabilitation projects.
Cumulative Effect and Historic Character explains that projects meet the Standards when the overall effect of all work on the property is consistent with the property’s historic character.
Interpreting the Standards Bulletins are case studies of specific rehabiliation treatments that do and do not meet the Standards.
Planning Successful Rehabilitation Projects provides guidance on applying the Standards to some common rehabilitation concerns, including windows, interior treatments, additions and new construction, and modern requirement, technologies and materials.
Incentives is a guide to the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program and includes examples of additional treatments that do and do not meet the Standards.