New Ipswich Historical Society

23 Main St

New Ipswich, NH 03071

Winter Program 2019, Energy Efficiency

Energy Retrofits and the Historic Home: Weighing Risks and Opportunities

February 28, 2019 at 6pm at the New Ipswich Library

One of the most challenging issues facing owners of older and historic homes is how to make the home more energy efficient without damaging or compromising its historic architecture and fabric. Much of the information available to homeowners on energy conservation and retrofitting does not account for the possible significance or age of the structure. Learn about making green improvements to older houses without damaging historic fabric. Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager at Historic New England, will present a historic preservation perspective on insulation, window repair, air sealing, and energy options in the historic home.


Sally Zimmerman

Bio Information


Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager, an architectural historian and formerly Preservation Planner at the Cambridge (MA) Historical Commission, manages Historic New England’s Historic Homeowner services which provides technical assistance to old house owners, including help with paint color selection.  She is a frequent speaker on period appropriate paint colors, and on energy conservation in old houses, and is a co-author of Painting Historic Exteriors: Colors, Application, and Regulation.



Sally Zimmerman (Sarah J.)


BA, Mount Holyoke College (American History)

MA, Preservation Studies, Boston University


National Register Consultant, Connecticut Historical Commission


Massachusetts Historical Commission

            Architectural Historian, Reconnaissance Survey Team

            Preservation Planner, Local Commission Liaison

            Director of Preservation Planning


Cambridge Historical Commission

            Preservation Planner


Historic New England, Senior Preservation Services Manager

            Historic Homeowner Program


1997- 2017, Member, Lexington Historical Commission



1994-1997, Adjunct Professor, Preservation Studies, Boston University

2010, Instructor, Preservation Studies, Boston University




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