Steve Thomas recently wrote a post entitled Convince Your Local Historic Commission to Go Green, and noted that "I'm very much in favor of historic houses. I think that historic commissions have to expand their thinking a little bit and let homeowners make green upgrades." He also noted that the Historical Commission in Salem, where he lives, won't let him change his windows. Finally he writes "historic commissions will need to upgrade their technological thinking on it and allow homeowners to green their historic houses."
I try and explain why they do what they do. Why Old Windows are Green Windows