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Active Interest Media
The comprehensive resource for professionals involved in restoring old buildings or designing and constructing new buildings in traditional styles.
The comprehensive resource for professionals involved in residential restoration and renovation, as well as the design and construction of new homes built in traditional styles.
Targeted information about service providers in the field of building restoration and renovation, both commercial and residential.
A portal site that brings together information about building products and materials, including data on more than 5,000 manufacturers.
Traditional Product Galleries
Traditional Product Galleries is a micro site showcasing—in big, colorful photography—thousands of items tailored to the requirements of restoration and renovation projects and new designs done in a period style, both residential and commercial.
Traditional Building Portfolio
Traditional Building Portfolio is a micro site containing a world of information about traditional building and design, both commercial and residential. It includes hundreds of articles on design and building projects, leading architectural firms, topics of note to working professionals, and major awards programs, along with forums and blogs bearing the opinions of leaders in the field.
Active Interest Media's electronic newsletters provide a continuous stream of information on key topics in the world of traditional design and building: likely products and services for both commercial and residential projects; special in-depth reports on projects and important product categories; and a bevy of blogs providing fresh perspectives from leading figures in the field.
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restoration to sustainable building materials. They feature leading experts
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The Palladio Awards Program
is designed to honor outstanding achievement in traditional design. The program recognizes individual designers, design teams, or both whose work enhances the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment through creative interpretation or adaptation of design principles developed through 2,500 years of the Western architectural tradition.
The Traditional Building
Exhibition and Conference
World-class educational opportunities and a wide array of resources and products for professionals who work in the field of building restoration, renovation, and historically inspired new construction.
Storm Windows for Older Buildings
You'll find a wide variety of historically appropriate choices.
Click here for a list of suppliers of storm windows
In many ways, storm windows are more satisfactory than insulated glass units to upgrade the thermal efficiency of old windows. Storm windows are less expensive and aren't prone to the fogging that sooner or later plagues insulated glass units. However, the wrong storm windows can have disastrous effects on the appearance of an old building. The look of raw aluminum is jarring, and large expanses of flat glass can totally obscure the character imparted by historic muntins and small glass panes.
For these reaons, the first question to answer is: Should
storm windows be mounted inside or outside the prime sash? Then come
decisions about wood vs. metal vs. plastic frames, types of glazing,
mounting systems, types of hardware, and others. The online list above provides a good cross-section of
companies experienced in dealing with historic houses and commercial
buildings. And they offer the full variety of storm windows--and in many cases doors, too--available today.