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Green Rowhouse Manual

Greening NYC’s Historic Buildings


The Green Rowhouse Manual is part of The Municipal Art Society of New York’s (MAS) campaign to demonstrate that any historic building restoration can and should include energy efficiency measures. The manual is intended to help owners of historic rowhouses in New York City and elsewhere make energy efficiency gains, while following best practices for historic preservation. The manual is organized into eleven sections related to specific building elements, each exploring cost opportunities for retrofit projects, as well as operational best practices, regulatory processes, and financial incentives and programs. Terrapin authored the manual for MAS in collaboration with COOKFOX Architects and under the guidance of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Walls & Roofs
  3. Windows & Doors
  4. Heating & Cooling
  5. Lighting & Electrical Wiring
  6. Plumbing & Water Efficiency
  7. Appliances & Plug Loads
  8. Indoor Health, Housekeeping & Materials
  9. Sustainable Site & Outdoor Amenities
  10. Fuel Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  11. Rating System (i.e. Energy Star, LEED, etc.)
  12. Incentives & Programs
  13. Appendices & Glossary


J.M. Kaplan Fund

National Endowment for the Arts

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The New York Community Trust

The Witkoff Group


Special thanks to COOKFOX Architects, 475 High Performance Building Supply, David Cunningham Architecture Planning, Ken Levenson Architect, and Laura Heim Architect LLC.



Green Rowhouse Manual

Greening NYC’s Historic Buildings

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