Week 2 Question

It has been pointed out that environmental values are a powerful agent in establishing the significance of a structure because unlike traditional approaches that focus on architectural and historical significance, environmental values provide a quantifiable measurements. These quantifiable measurements are a way of reaching out to various stakeholders/groups, and a means of helping them realize (in a language they can understand) the numerous benefits of preservation over new construction. The readings have stated that this path is rarely utilized or at the very least not utilized as much as it should. What is the best way of getting those who advocate for the reuse of buildings to see environmental values as important as architectural style and historical values? Also, how do we get those who write the criteria and policies on green building to see reuse and renovation as equally or even more ecologically beneficial than new construction?

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