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🔗Request for Proposals: “175 Spring Street: Energy Efficiency Study and Retrofit”

  • Consultant
  • Newport, RI
  • Seeking Proposals USD / Year
  • March 30, 2023
  • Job Summary: The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) seeks proposals from consultants to guide a multi-phase energy efficiency study and retrofit of an 18th-century residential building (c.1777) at 175 Spring Street in Newport, RI.
  • Job Qualifications:

    The nature of this project is such that NRF anticipates that there will be a lead consultant that is consistent throughout the project who pulls in subject-matter experts for various aspects of the scope of work. For example, the project lead could be an architect who pulls in an energy analytics firm or vice versa. The project lead is expected to oversee each project phase for consistency and is expected to work with additional consultants, contractors, and NRF throughout each phase to create a seamless final product. The project lead should have an understanding of the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, a sensitivity to emerging preservation technologies and the social/environmental impacts of the process of preservation, and be able to provide guidance to NRF on the subcontracting of the chosen adaptation measures. Included on the project team must be a consultant with experience in energy assessment and modeling and best practices for building retrofits.


    Note: If you are interested in the project but do not have a project team with which to submit a proposal, please reach out to NRF as the organization may have recommendations for project partners.

  • How to Apply:

    Please review attached RFP for how to submit a proposal. Proposals are due April 7th, 5pm Eastern. Questions about the RFP and proposals can be submitted to

  • Contact Name: Margaret Back
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: 51 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840

Website Newport Restoration Foundation

NRF is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by Doris Duke to preserve, maintain, and interpret Aquidneck Island’s 18th- and early 19th-century architectural heritage. In addition to a collection of more than 70 early American houses, now rented to tenant-stewards, NRF operates three museum properties that are open to the public: Rough Point, Doris Duke’s Newport mansion which is home to a significant collection of European paintings, furniture, and textiles, and other European and Asian decorative arts; Whitehorne House Museum, featuring 18th- and early 19th-century Newport furniture; and Prescott Farm in Middletown, RI, a public park and historic site with ties to the Revolutionary War.

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) seeks proposals from consultants to guide a multi-phase energy efficiency study and retrofit of an 18th-century residential building in Newport, RI. The project will focus on 175 Spring Street (the NRF President’s House), a c.1777 three-story single-family property in the Newport Historic District of plank-frame construction. The project will be used as a case study and prototype to inform future energy efficiency improvements at similar 18th- and 19th-century buildings in Newport.

Goals of the project are:

–        Complete a comprehensive energy audit of the study site (baseline)

–        Propose several energy retrofits/alterations that consider efficiency, new technologies and materials, historic fabric, and socially progressive preservation concepts

–        Assemble expert review committee to select sensitive retrofits

–        Implement selected retrofits

–        Complete a final comprehensive energy audit to assess outcome of retrofits

–        Package retrofits to be easily transferrable to similar buildings (both within NRF’s house collection and private ownership)

The desired final product for this project will provide NRF with public-facing energy assessment data and a “menu” of efficiency designs for historic buildings that can be easily understood, distributed, and transferable to similar sites.

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