02 May '11, 1pm

Energy Solutions: Does Saving Historic Buildings Save Energy? #GreenBuilding

While this discussion could, and should, fill several books, I hope that someone takes into account the cost of new development and related infrastructure, not to mention the waste and landfill created by tearing down a historic building, or for that matter any building. Historic Buildings are generally in developed areas with power, water, sewer, roads and parking. Often the parking is "shared" in that there are common parking areas instead of acres of asphalt surrounding the strip mall designed for the one day of the year that the parking lot might actually be full. Development out in the present farmland requires new or additional roads, water, drains, power, and parking. It also generally requires that you drive and use all sorts of energy just to get to the building. Even if it is new in an existing area, there is still the direct and society cost of demoltion. Sure t...

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