Souleles also notes that “the bones of the building are really, really good.” You don’t often hear this; there is always an excuse, such as the floor plate isn’t efficient or the ceilings are too low. However, as embodied carbon gets recognized as an issue, these excuses don’t stand up to scrutiny – because, as we keep saying, the greenest building is the one already standing.
Source: Good bones are a good place to start for net zero carbon MacKimmie Complex in Calgary | TreeHugger
The Up-Cycle House in Blackheath.
The Blue Mountains house restoration was driven by the concept that rather than demolishing an old home that has “reached the end of its life cycle”, it could be “up-cycled”.
Source: Alexander Symes lists Up-Cycle House in Blackheath – realestate.com.au
The embodied energy of the existing building, a term expressing the cost of resources in both human labour and materials consumed during the building’s construction and use, is squandered when the building is allowed to decay or be demolished.
Source: Sustainable Design – What Does it Really Mean?
Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention