There are many resources available that document best practices for the conservation of historic buildings.
Please note that this information is not intended to replace professional services, but to help owners better identify their needs.
Dr. Thomas Morrison of Heritage Standing Inc. is frequently an invited presenter and organizer of building conservation events.
Tom was an invited panelist and speaker at a virtual National Trust event "Communicating Heritage Conservation as Climate Action." You can find the YouTube link here:
Tom spearheaded a TEDx event organized by the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. The series highlights the role of old buildings in reaching our climate change and economic goals, and more quickly. The virtual video series was part of TEDxCountdown, promoting events that provide solutions to the climate change emergency.
Resources for taking action:
- The American Secretary of the Interior publishes the Preservation Briefs, which discuss and provide guidance on several common issues in historic building preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration. A trustworthy and practical resource for owners of historic buildings, topics include: wooden windows, wood siding, roofing, accessibility, historic masonry and many, many more: https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm
- This site provides a great resource book on the topic of maintenance plan creation: https://archive.org/details/cyclicalmaintena00chab. A maintenance plan is a critical tool for building owners that have revolving personnel or...
National heritage funding:
- Government of Canada: Canada Cultural Spaces Fund focuses on spaces for art and culture: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/cultural-spaces-fund.html
- Government of Canada: Legacy Fund – Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/building-communities/legacy-fund.html
- Government of Canada: Enabling Accessibility Fund for small projects component. Applications accepted yearly: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-small-projects.html
- Parks Canada: National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places. ...
National organizations that support the conservation of historic buildings:
- The Canadian Association of Heritage Professional (CAHP) is an organization that verifies professionals as being qualified for working with Historic Buildings in Canada. Information on their members and suggested practices from them can be found on their website at: www.cahp-acecp.ca
- The National Trust for Canada, which is a national charity that leads the charge in engaging Canadians to conserve heritage places, raise awareness, and save historic properties: http://www.nationaltrustcanada.ca/. They also keep an extensive list of sources of funding across Canada: ...