Technical Assistance

Rachel Rice, Tax Incentives & Rehabilitation Guidance program manager & architectural reviewer 770-389-7849

Technical Assistance guidelines produced by HPD
 - Conditions Assessment Report Guidelines
 - Historic Structure Report Guidelines
 - How to Select a Preservation Consultant or Contractor
 - Master Plan for a Historic Site Guidelines
 - Preparing Historic District Design Guidelines
 - Preservation Plan Guidelines
 - Structural Assessment Report Guidelines
 - DNR Standards for Rehabilitation

Photo Documentation of Historic Properties - Learn the proper techniques and guidelines for taking photographs of historic buildings for the tax incentive programs.

A Quick Look at Historic Building Rehabilitation Issues: Project Planning - Photo Documentation - July 2011
Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings by William Hover, Architectural Reviewer. This article will help you make logical and smart choices about energy efficiency and historic buildings.

Fire Ratings of Archaic Materials and Assemblies - produced by HUD
Prepared for HUD by the National Institute of Building Sciences, this publication should be useful to design consultants, building code officials, and other individuals addressing code compliance challenges in historic buildings.

The Conservation and Preservation of Tabby: A Symposium on Historic Building Material in the Coastal Southeast - 1998

After the Flood: Rehabilitating Historic Resources - 1996
After the Flood: Rebuilding Communities Through Historic Preservation - 1997


YouTube video, Preservation 101: Architectural Review. Tax Incentives Program Manager & Architectural Reviewer William Hover explains the architectural review process for historic preservation projects in about 19 minutes.

Watch After the Flood: Rebuilding Communities Through Historic Preservation online, courtesy of Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Moving historic buildings - June 2010
Is Living in a Historic House Right for You? - May 2010
A Quick Look at Historic Building Rehabilitation Issues: Alterations - June 2011
A Quick Look at Historic Building Rehabilitation Issues: Plaster - November 2010
A Quick Look at Historic Building Rehabilitation Issues: Windows - August 2010
My house is old and full of mold!  What should I do? - January 2011
Asbestos - Dont Panic! - March 2010
Lead-Paint - Don't Panic! - February 2010

External links
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation are the guiding principles used to evaluate rehabilitation projects submitted to HPD and the NPS for review and certification. The National Park Service's website provides a web-based version with illustrated guidance. Or, download the non-illustrated, easy-to-print version - pdf.

Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
easy-to-print version - pdf

Preservation Briefs - The National Park Service has developed a series of publications that address specific rehabilitation issues and the proper rehabilitation methods that should be applied.

NPS Technical Preservation Services Online Training - Technical Preservation Services (TPS) has created web-based training features to provide professional development alternatives and enrichment programs for professional preservationists, local preservation commissions, volunteers, and anyone interested in more in-depth training in historic preservation.  Training information includes guides to the Secretary’s Standards; the Walk Through Historic Buildings web class; the Rehab Yes/No Learning Program; the Incentives! A Guide to the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program FAQ; and other helpful web articles.

NPS Technical Preservation Services - TPS develops historic preservation policy and guidance on preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings, administers the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program for rehabilitating historic buildings, and sets the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Technical Preservation Services free publications - The National Park Services' Technical Preservation Services program has produced numerous free publications providing helpful information about caring for historic buildings.  This webpage includes printable versions of Keeping It Clean, which provides guidance on cleaning historic masonry, and the case study series Preservation Tech Notes, which provides real-life examples of solutions to a variety of preservation issues.

12 Restoration Blunders: Don't let poor planning and unrealistic expectations destroy a great old house
- how-to article from Fine Home Building website