Every year, it is estimated that 1 billion square feet of buildings are demolished and replaced in the United States. This trend is not anything new, and in the 1950s a third of German Village was torn down. Without the passionate preservationists then and ever since, German Village would be nothing like it is today. Click on features below to find out not only how preservation benefits the natural world, but also see home improvements that can be made to further enhance the sustainability of your home. More information can be found by following the links within each note.


We know how important the preservation of old buildings is to our history and culture, but another thing that benefits greatly from building preservation is the natural environment.

It takes up to 80 years for a new building that is 30 percent more efficient than an average-performing existing building to overcome, through efficient operations, the negative climate change impacts related to the construction process. In most cases it takes more than 50 years.
– Reports by Preservation Green Lab, Empty Homes Agency

“For those concerned with climate change and other environmental impacts, reusing an existing building and upgrading it to maximum efficiency is almost always the best option regardless of building type and climate.”
– Report by Preservation Green Lab

“Reusing empty homes could make an initial saving of 35 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per property by removing the need for the energy locked into new build materials and construction.”
– Report by Empty Homes Agency

Preservation Green Lab

US Energy Information Administration