Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design
The construction and operation of buildings uses more energy and results in more carbon emissions than in any other sector, and the impact of the demolition and removal of an older building can greatly diminish the advantages of adding green technologies to new construction. Reusing existing buildings can be a challenge to accomplish, but changing the way we think about environmentally conscious architecture has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions. Merlino calls for a more expansive view of historic preservation that goes beyond keeping only the most distinctive structures and requiring that they remain fundamentally unchanged, instead embracing the creative reuse of even unremarkable buildings.
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