Best for NYC: Best Practices

by Don Friedman on December 8, 2015

I mentioned (maybe more than once) that “Preserving old buildings also reduces the amount of construction waste created and reduces the amount of new materials required.“ In other words, I’m making the claim that reuse of old buildings (regardless of whether it qualified as “historic preservation”)  is inherently green. Fortunately I have some back-up besides my opinion. First, the production of cement is an important contributor to global warming, contributing five percent of carbon dioxide released into the air globally. Obviously, a growing population means that new buildings must be built, but any reduction in resource use and pollution from reuse is worthwhile. I wish that discussion of the environmental impact of building would mention reuse more often.

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