By Hasco Craver
You’ve heard a lot of talk about “green” issues recently. Terms such as sustainability, energy efficiency, earth-friendly, post-consumer recycled and reusable have become a part of the American lexicon. While I understand the importance of a comprehensive “greening” of our everyday lives, historic preservation of our built environment is also a true “green” strategy.
Chances are, most of what you’ve heard about the “green” movement relates to new construction, although existing buildings, preservation and adaptive reuse all play important roles in the “green” movement. It is important to understand that historic buildings are inherently sustainable. Preservation maximizes the use of existing materials and infrastructure and reduces waste. In other words, sustainability begins with historic preservation.
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