|Employer||Historic Wilmington Foundation|
|Since 1966 the Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) has worked to protect and preserve the irreplaceable architectural and historical resources of the Lower Cape Fear region. The Foundation was established in 1966 by a group of citizens concerned about the demolition of Wilmington’s historic buildings. A revolving fund (the first of its kind in NC) was set up to enable the HWF to save historic properties by buying them, placing protective easements on them to ensure their continued protection, and selling them for rehabilitation. The Foundation purchased and saved the Wright Murphy House in 1967 with the revolving fund. Since then the funds have also been creatively used to make loans and guarantee loans from banks. Nearly one hundred and fifty properties have been directly saved by HWF with its loans and easements. Hundreds more have been preserved because of the Foundation’s influence.|
Historic Wilmington Foundation: Executive Director Job Description
The Executive Director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation is the principal administrator of the organization and reports directly to the President and the Board of Trustees.
· Serves as liaison for historic preservation issues for residents of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. Advances the mission of Historic Wilmington Foundation.
· Maintains relationships with government officials and community organizations.
· Prepares agenda and reports for Committees and Board of Trustees Meetings in conjunction with President
· Hires, supervises, and evaluates staff. Terminates staff when necessary.
· Manages the office lease and all relationships with vendors, service people, and utility providers.
· Develops and oversees internship projects, volunteers, and Public History Graduate Scholarship Recipients.
· Ensures integrity of financial records, and compliance with all financial standards and regulations. Maintains a relationship with financial auditing firm. Works very closely with the staff accountant to create clear and accurate financial reporting for board and members.
· Ensures compliance with North Carolina employment standards, and North Carolina non-profit compliance.
Historic Preservation Initiatives:
· Identifies potential threatened historic properties and develops strategies for saving them.
· Oversees maintenance of properties owned by the Foundation. Markets the properties to buyers.
· In consultation with the Foundations attorneys, develops and executes offers to purchase, rehabilitation agreements and easements/restrictive covenants for properties.
· Responsible for developing and implementing preservation agenda.
· Proposes action to the board regarding preservation initiatives and policy.
|How to apply||Please provide cover letter detailing your interest and resume detailing your qualifications to HistoricILM1966@gmail.com.|
Tell those replacement window salesmen to go away; fix your old window instead.
One of the first things many people do in a renovation is change the windows. For years, historic preservation groups like the National Trust for Historic Preservation have tried to show that this was an aesthetic and environment crime. I have railed on against the lying replacement window manufacturers with posts like If I See Another Full Page Pella Window Ad I Am Gonna Scream. We have discussed studies that showed that the payback period for replacement windows can be as much as 250 years.
© Shannon Kyles/ Tiny House to test windows
But now a new study headed by Shannon Kyles, Instructor at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, settles the question once and for all. Her team built a tiny house, 12 feet by 8 feet, with two new windows and two restored 200 year old windows and tested them for air infiltration (the biggest source of heat loss with windows). “The test results demonstrate that there is no difference in air infiltration between new windows and restored pre-war windows.”
Some modern windows (like those designed for passivhaus use) are really energy efficient and airtight with special glazing, gases and coatings. However the majority of North American replacement windows are not engineered to such high standards. There has long been a debate, particularly in historic preservation circles, about whether old windows, particularly in century old buildings should be replaced or repaired. Shannon’s study shows that restored windows can do the job.
There are lots of reasons to save old windows instead of buying new. There is the aesthetic, as noted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation:
If you had a beautiful piece of art that was custom designed, crafted by hand, made from native old-growth wood, and imbued with clues to its age and crafting traditions, would you throw the authentic piece in the dumpster if a simulated plastic version suddenly became available? Seems ridiculous, right? However, this is precisely what people all over the country are doing when they rip out their historic wood windows and replace them with new windows.
Then there is the embodied energy saved, the energy that it takes to make the new replacement window. Shannon writes:
An existing 200 year-old window essentially consists of wood and glass with paint or varnish. The energy needed to restore it is minimal. Comparing this to a new window, one must consider first the embodied energy required to extract raw materials to produce the new product, then the direct energy used to remove the existing window and dispose of it in a land fill. More direct energy is needed to then take the new window to the building.
Then there is the issue of the longevity of new replacement windows- as Donovan Rypkema has noted: “ That is why they are called ‘replacement’ windows- you have to replace them every 30 years.”
But then there is the big question: do new windows actually save energy? Shannon and her team built the tiny house and installed four windows.
© Shannon Kyles/ Restored windows installed in tiny house
Two 1830s Georgian windows were purchased. One was restored by Furlan Conservation in Hamilton Ontario. The other was restored by Paradigm Shift Customs in Brantford. Two new windows were purchased from Pollard Windows. One was a wooden sash window. The other was a vinyl casement. All four windows were installed by John Deelstra, Professor of Carpentry at Mohawk College. All windows were installed with foam insulation. To make a complete comparison, other considerations including ease of opening and access to air circulation were also considered. The restored windows had opening windows and storms that were hinged so that no lifting or access from the exterior was needed for air circulation.
© Shannon Kyles/ sealing window
On May 10, Surrounded by a gaggle of politicians, building officials and restoration experts, poor Certified Energy Advisor Michael Masney of Green Venture did a very public blower test. The results:
Green Ventures Test results /Screen capture
The air infiltration test is accurate to plus or minus three percent. The results as shown in the report show that there was virtually no difference between the performance of the restored old windows and the new windows.
TreeHugger favourite Ted Kesik has said that “Preserving historic windows not only conserves their embodied energy, it also eliminates the need to spend energy on replacement windows.” Donovan Rypkema has noted that renovation and restoration uses twice as much labor, and half as much material as new construction; with windows, it is almost 100 percent labour and it is pretty much all local. Now Shannon Kyles and her team at Mohawk College demonstrate that in fact, it is pretty much just as energy efficient to use old windows as it is to buy new.
Shannon notes that “current energy retrofit funding is limited to replacement of windows, and is not available for window restoration.” Perhaps it’s time to change that; these tests prove once and for all that for many reasons, restoration is in many cases as good as replacement. Throw in the issues of embodied energy, labor and durability, and the balance can tilt in their favor.
Door Blower readings on test building measuring energy efficiency of old versus new windows – virtually no difference in air infiltration
Download PDF of Shannon Kyle’s report here.