Historic preservation is one of the most important components of sustainable development. By continuing to improve our existing building stock, re-purposing existing historic buildings, and reinvesting in older properties, we are combating climate change and postively contributing to Fort Collins' unique heritage and culture.
- Reusing and retro-fitting, rather than demolishing, older buildings conserves energy already expended to create them.
- Maintaining older properties reduces waste and impacts on our landfills.
- Historic homes often have inherent energy saving features incoporated into the traditional design.
- It is easy to adapt your historic building with energy saving features without destroying important "historic fabric."
The links below offer additional information on the sustainability of historic buildings.
- Weatherize Your Older Home the Right Way
- Weatherization Assistance Program- Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency
- Subsidized Fort Collins Home Efficiency Audits
- Building Reuse: Finding a Place on American Climate Policy
- U.S. Green Building Council REGREEN Promotes the integration of historic buildings and structures that give neighborhoods a unique sense of place. As a tool to set performance levels for retrofitting historic homes or offices, LEED ND and REGREEN assist in preserving and enhancing historic properties.
Thinking of putting solar panels on your property that is fifty (50) years or older? There are a few things you should consider.
- Panels should be flush with the roof
- Panels should be closer to the back of the roof