Building retrofits are greener than new energy-efficient construction

01/25/2012 | Atlantic Cities, The

Energy-efficient retrofits of existing buildings are more eco-friendly than constructing new green buildings, according to a study by the Preservation Green Lab, the sustainability think tank of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It would take as long as 80 years for new green buildings to reverse the effects of their construction on the environment, the study concluded. "What we're advocating for is a shift in thinking, where at a minimum we're considering the environmental impacts associated with demolishing places before we tear them down and build something new," said Patrice Frey of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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