THE SECRETARY OF THE
INTERIOR’S STANDARDS FOR
Not Recommended The peeling paint on an exterior window sill and on the interior of a window indicates that these features have not received regular maintenance. The broken casement window hardware also needs to be repaired to make the window operable.
Recommended Caulking the gap between the aluminum storm window and wood window frame helps maximize thermal efficiency in this historic residence.
Recommended Using sustainable cleaning products preserves both the environment and the historic building.
Not Recommended The peeling paint on an exterior window sill and on the interior of a window indicates that these features have not received regular maintenance.
Maintaining historic buildings regularly to preserve historic fabric and maximize operational efficiency.
Delaying maintenance treatments which may result in the loss of historic building fabric or decrease the performance of existing systems or features.
Retaining and repairing durable historic building materials.
Removing durable historic building materials and replacing them with materials perceived as more sustainable; for instance, removing historic heart pine flooring and replacing it with new bamboo flooring.
Using environmentally-friendly cleaning products that are compatible with historic finishes.
Using cleaning products potentially harmful to both historic finishes and the environment.
Using sustainable products and treatments, such as low VOC paints and adhesives and lead-safe paint removal methods, as much as possible, when rehabilitating a historic building.