Below is an ever-growing list of resources, including numerous articles, research studies, and technical bulletins on a variety of topics to help commissions operate more effectively and proactively. Most articles are from NAPC’s quarterly member publication, The Alliance Review.
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National Alliance of Preservation Commissions has an extensive technical assistance library spanning over 35 years! Below is just a sample of the numerous articles, research studies, and technical bulletins that we offer on a variety of topics to help commissions operate more effectively and proactively. Most articles are from NAPC’s quarterly member publication, The Alliance Review.
Krisana Park Pattern Book
Krisana Park is a unique and well-loved neighborhood [located in Denver, Colorado]. Its special mid-century character, from the streetscapes to the individual homes, has served long-time residents well and continues to attract newcomers. This Pattern Book was born out of a desire among neighbors to better understand what makes the neighborhood special so that those characteristics can be valued and maintained. The book provides a history and contextual description of the neighborhood and gives visual descriptions, accompanied by photographs, of the features that make it unique. The book will also answer common questions about maintenance issues and often-desired modifications, providing advice on how to make your home work for your family while also retaining the overall character of Krisana Park.
This one-page handout was developed for NAPC's event "Shared Challenges, Shared Solutions, Shared Vision: A Commission Roundtable Connection" and includes links to organizations that offer resources for rural communities.
This document explores the pros and cons of methods that commissions without professional preservation staff use to experience the same type of resources that those with professional preservation staff enjoy.
The National Park Service has digitized and uploaded Historic Preservation Fund Grant products, making them readily available to the public. You can easily find examples from a number of broad fields, such as design guidelines, interpretive planning, and historic resource surveys.
The Real Cost of Removing Historic Windows: Published in the APT Bulletin: Journal of Preservation Technology, this article looks at the arguments surrounding replacement windows, and addresses a number of topics concerning such things as the cost of maintenance, sustainability, and energy savings.
This article was included in the Fall 2019 issue of The Alliance Review. It is an excerpt from “Considering the Repair, Retrofit and Replacement of Historic Windows” produced by Preservation Pennsylvania.
Developing a Materials Evaluation Methodology (The Alliance Review)
This two part article looks at how to effectively address a number of concerns when evaluating the benefits of substitute materials. These concerns vary in topic, and include durability, price, and sustainability.
Controlling Additions in Historic Neighborhoods (The Alliance Review): This article presents guidelines, used by the Metro Nashville Historic Zoning Commission, for how different types of additions could be applied to locally-designated buildings.
Published by the City of Dallas, this document provides the process by which an owner may apply for permission to tear down a neglected building, on what basis the ruling commission must act, and the process by which someone can appeal the commission’s decision.
Smart Codes in Your Community (The Alliance Review)
This report provides an overview of general laws and regulations that govern the use and reuse of existing buildings. The report also supplies examples of efforts to reduce the complexity of laws and regulations pertaining to existing buildings, and provides possible strategies to implement reinvestment in the existing building infrastructure.
Cities “Get Smart” Without State Initiatives (The Alliance Review)
This article supplies information on the benefits of using Smart Codes – building codes meant to encourage alteration and reuse of existing buildings – when establishing or amending municipal building codes.
Asbestos Exposure Do’s and Don’ts: This page goes over the dangers of asbestos and where in older homes it could be found. It also lists Safety do’s and don’ts if you believe you have found asbestos.
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