Heritage and Environmental Sustainability

The conservation of our historic structures not only allows us to commemorate and celebrate our past, but it is integral to cultivating a sustainable future. Reusing our existing buildings saves tons of debris from the landfill and lessens the demand for energy and resources needed for new construction.

Check out the following resources to find out more on the link between heritage conservation and environmental sustainability.

The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse (pdf)
National Trust for Historic Preservation

New Life Old Buildings (pdf)
The Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Conserve-Preserve Guidebook - Towards Sustainable Heritage (pdf)
Windfall Ecology Centre

Heritage Conservation Brief - Climate Change (pdf)
Canada's Historic Places

Heritage Conservation Brief - Durability and Energy Efficiency (pdf)
Canada's Historic Places