Cities and states increasingly are encouraging the renovation of older buildings -- and not just for reasons for aesthetics or historic preservation. Demolition of an existing building is energy intensive, eating up the projected savings of an energy efficient new building some 65 years into the future. Because existing buildings represent energy that already has been consumed, officials are doing more to promote the renovation and reuse of such buildings. "This is an important trend nationally, not just Ohio," says William Murdock, director of urban development for the Ohio Department of Development, which offers grants to developers who rehabilitate old structures.

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