The challenge of building a greener economy is how do we reuse or repurpose older buildings rather than tear them down. An article in Construction Today mentions how finding new uses for old buildings can keep historical landmarks in the present while maintaining the look of the past.
“Frequently, clients want to adapt old buildings with great bones instead of building new because the design elements and unique attributes within the existing structure often cannot be replicated or recreated.”
Typically buildings in North America are considered dated if they are over 40 years old. The difficulty for the industry is finding a way to keep these buildings current yet maintain the look and feel. Alberta Infrastructure has expressed, in meetings with the Minister and in the Ministry business plan, a desire to maximize its inventory of older structures through reinvestment.
For more on this subject read the article here.