Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Engineering Technology

Committee Member

Shinming Shyu, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Deborah de Laski-Smith, PhD

Committee Member

Jiang Lu, PhD


The purpose of this study is to identify the basic components of a green renovation project in accordance with sustainable design principles and to exemplify the applicability of each component of a historic home. The focus on historic homes in particular is to explore the important role they can play in the sustainable home building industry. With so much attention focusing on new home construction nowadays, there is concern that the critical contribution historic homes can make to the environment is being overlooked. Their role in the building design and construction industry is not only beneficial to sustain our environment, but also significant to preserving the history of the nation in general. The methodology for green renovation discussed in this study is verified through a case study in order to demonstrate the environmentally sustainable potential of historic homes. The case study serves to prove that an outdated and depreciated house can be transformed into a healthy, efficient, and environmentally conscious home while still embracing its primitive sustainability and original integrity.