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By Robert A. Young, Carl Elefante

When we predict of eco-friendly construction, we have a tendency to photo new development. yet Robert A. younger argues that the greenest construction is frequently the one who has already been equipped. In Stewardship of the equipped Environment, he indicates how rehabilitating and reusing present constructions holds untapped strength for reaching sustainable groups. scholars and execs alike will become aware of the multifaceted advantages of reuse.
younger starts through describing how ancient upkeep within the usa, usually neglected due to  the important specialise in new development, is de facto a huge sustainable layout process. He then examines the social, environmental, and financial advantages of preservation—from the societal price of reusing latest constructions to monetary incentives on hand for rehabilitation. younger concludes with insights into the way forward for reusing structures as a sustainability strategy. He additionally presents a number of informative appendices, including a word list of keywords and acronyms and proposals for additional reading.
Readers turns into acquainted with crucial terminology; sustainability and historical renovation metrics; govt oversight techniques; and possibilities for shrewdpermanent progress afforded via rehabilitation. this information is essential to conserving the earlier whereas construction a sustainable future.

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2 US Historic Preservation Timeline 1816 1850 1853 1872 1888 1889 1890 1906 1909 1910 1916 1926 1929 1931 1933 1935 1936 1949 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 Philadelphia purchases Independence Hall to protect it from demolition. New York purchases the Hasbrouck House and establishes the nation’s first house museum. Ann Pamela Cunningham initiates efforts to save George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Yellowstone is established as the nation’s first national park. Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities is formed.

For example, the Philip Merrill Environmental Center (completed in 2000) earned the first LEED-NC Platinum rating. However, the building site, constructed 10 miles from the original headquarters in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, has caused many of the one hundred employees to drive instead of walk to work. It is unknown how the increased fuel consumption (and the attendant impacts on air quality) for commuting might offset the energy savings from the new building (Curtis 2008). However, this raises the question as to whether constructing even a net zero energy building can contribute to sustainability if the transportation needs increase the vehicle miles traveled, the dependence on automobiles, and the health problems caused by increased air pollution (fig.

Unfortunately, many of their concerns were dismissed by the established network of industrial manufacturers who controlled the political and social agendas through their ability to present themselves as the necessary impetus for continued progress. In addition to organizations such as the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society, the NTHP took a leadership role in conservation through programs that promoted the retention of historically significant buildings, neighborhoods, and sites. Fortunately, as a result of the emerging political activism of these groups, this period saw the enactment of the NHPA of 1966 and, just 3 years later, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, which laid the groundwork for future progress by making the federal Overview and Introduction 29 government accountable for how government funding and policy affect the built environment and natural environments (Dwight 1993: 120).

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