If Old Buildings Are So Green And Efficient, Why Do We Keep Losing Them?
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Image credit: Dr. Tim-Rasmus Kiehl, M.D I do prattle on with quotes like Carl Elefante's "the greenest building is the one already standing" and the Steve Mouzon version "The greenest brick is the one already in the wall." I love to quote Richard Moe: "When you strip away the rhetoric, preservation is simply having the good sense to hold on to things that are well designed, that link us with our past in a meaningful way, and that have plenty of good use left in them." Yet all over North America, old buildings fall into disuse, they are subject to demolition by neglect, and often get hit by what I will call "heritage lightning", that strange burning that happens in vacant buildings with no electricity or gas or other conventional sources of ignition. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger