Finding a Contractor for Green Building Renovations
I just bought a 1900s brick row home in Harrisburg, Pa in historic district. I need a contractor who can retrofit energy efficient systems but does so preserving as much historic detail as possible. Can anyone suggest where I can go to find such a contractor?
City requires work preserves exterior historic character of buildings – replacement windows must appear as original – wood, not vinyl, for example. Another example: if the large double hung picture window on the first floor may not be replaced to preserve historic nature, I need designer/contractor who can specify and install appropriate techniques & materials. Other issues: How best to air/thermal barrier to the 3rd floor ceiling below the flat roof? Same with 3rd floor dormers peaking out of mansard roofs? Replace baseboard electric heat and add air conditioning.
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I'll give your post a bump. FWIW, you could search for Passive House builders as a starting point. In the meantime, you might want to read this article (https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/insulating-old-brick-buildings) so you can ask questions that will reveal if the contractor is a fit for your project.