This is a difficult question because it depends on the building. In very old or delapidated structures, a lot of resources and energy may be used. As long as the rehabilitation is done as greenly as possible (reclaimed wood, alternative energy sources, etc) it can be as costly, if not less, than building a whole new structure. Tearing down a builiding also requires resources and the waste must be disposed of properly. Erecting new development would also add extra costs. Preserving historical buildings enhances a community’s cultural significance and allows us to experience architecture, social events, and overall community history. You can tell a lot by a building and may be able to put pieces together on how your town or city came to be. Historical Preservation of Buildings is a growing movement and adaptive reuse of those building is becoming more popular. Through adaptive reuse, the integrity of the building is not compromised and the space not wasted. Governments also provides various incentives and resources to owners of historical buildings further promoting the importance of holding on to pieces of our history.
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