Preservationists push for "recycling" historic buildings

09/1/2009 | San Antonio Express-News

Historic preservationists decry the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program for failing to note the environmental benefits of salvaging historic buildings. "When we reuse a historic building, we're recycling the whole thing," said economist Donovan Rypkema. Construction debris fills about 25% of landfills, and energy consumed to build a new structure can be 15 to 30 times the normal annual use of an existing building.

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