The Lessons of Old Buildings are New Again

“Often targets for wrecking balls, existing older buildings are a recognized but sadly underutilized repository for lessons in history, technology, economics, social structure, culture, and on and on. Now we are being told that existing buildings are also the source of a whopping 43% (some say higher) of our country’s carbon footprint and that demolition and new construction bumps this number up even more. But on the bright side, as a result of dealing with the problem, existing buildings could become a locus for developing awareness of sustainable, green building practices…”

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