The document is the result of a collaboration between Parks Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial Collaboration on Historic Places and BC Heritage Branch. MTBA & Associates were retained as the primary authors of the document.
Intended as a useful set of best practices, these guidelines form a ‘toolkit’ to be applied to older existing buildings and particularly historic buildings. This toolkit can be read as a stand-alone document, but it may also be seen to further illustrate and build upon the sustainability considerations in the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada (Federal Provincial Territorial Historic Places Collaboration (FPTHPC), 2nd Edition, 2010).
These guidelines are primarily aimed at assisting designers, owners and builders to provide existing buildings with increased levels of sustainability while protecting character-defining elements. They are intended for a broad audience involved with or responsible for built heritage and the existing built environment at all jurisdictional levels.
The document is organized into 5 parts:
Part One:Introduction and Context
Provides background and context on issues related to sustainable rehabilitation of buildings. It defines terms and frames why sustainable rehabilitation is useful and important, how it relates to the wider world and how this document relates to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.
Part Two: Understanding Your Building
Emphasizes the fundamental need to properly and thoroughly understand the existing building and its broader context including its history, its significance in heritage terms, original design and changes to a building and its use over time, prior to undertaking rehabilitation work. It also provides information on broader related issues such as the building site’s wider context and the rehabilitation of buildings from the Modern period.
Part Three: Building Component Guidelines
Focuses on providing direct assistance through practical guidelines and best practices in planning, designing and executing your rehabilitation project; broken out by building components to simplify the approach to building rehabilitation; also looks at building materials and maintenance, inherently sustainable elements and sustainability challenges, considering interrelationships with other building components
Part Four: Further Information
Provides some potential sources of information to better understand these guidelines and the issues surrounding sustainable conservation.
Illustrates some examples of building rehabilitations across Canada where sustainable principles such as those featured in the Guidelines are effectively incorporated to help significantly improve the buildings overall sustainability while protecting character-defining elements and thus heritage value.