Renovating or rehabilitating an existing or heritage building offers a unique opportunity to not only protect the environment but also keep the character and identity of our communities intact.
When deciding between rehabilitating an existing building or building new, measure the embodied energy in a building and estimate the environmental impact with a life cycle assessment of your heritage building.
These projects used a life cycle assessment to measure and compare the environmental impact of a rehabilitation project compared to new construction. They demonstrate the environmental benefits of preserving existing buildings.
Sensitive repairs, alterations and/or additions to historic places are an important part of cultural sustainability and lowering the environmental impact of new construction.
Older buildings can be environmentally friendly without compromising their character defining features.