Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Energy

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Categories: Adaptive Reuse, Theory & Practice

TOP TEN REASONS
TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING


ENERGY


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UW professor Kathryn Merlino describes old buildings as “valuable repositories of embodied energy and material value that shouldn’t be discounted”.

Embodied energy represents all the work that went into making the building, and is surprisingly large. For instance, an average 50,000 SF building in Washington State embodies about 80 billion BTU’s, the equivalent of 640,000 gallons of gas.

According to the Preservation Green Lab’s “The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Value of Building Reuse”, it can take decades for a more energy efficient new building to offset its own embodied energy, especially in a temperate climate like Seattle.

Another reason for adaptive re-use? 25% of Seattle’s landfill waste comes from construction and demolition.


“Although explosives got credit for erasing the obsolete sports arena, it was the relentless tug of gravity that actually did most of the work…” – Scott Loizeaux, President of Controlled Demolition, Inc.


TOP TEN REASONS
TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING

History | Place | Character | Big | Material | Challenge | Energy | Cost | Karma | Vision