If you care about preserving historic building and about the environment, here’s some good reading. It’s a new report from the Preservation Green Lab that examines the environmental benefits of building reuse compared with demolition and rebuilding. The conclusion?
When comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction.
Not that we needed another excuse at BWW to continue lavishing historic windows with TLC, but it’s nice to see laid out so nicely what we’ve always known: Saving historic buildings and protecting the environment go hand in hand.
For more about the report, visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s report page.