What originated as an effort to stop the demolition of iconic landmarks has progressed into a movement focused on livability, sustainability, job creation, revitalization, and change. Preservation today promotes growth and evolution of the city based on thoughtful decision-making. Below are resources designed to inform, guide, and enhance that process.
The preservation field has always supported climate action.
The construction sector accounts for 13% of energy emissions in the United States, while an estimated 19 million vacant buildings remain standing a
Construction and demolition create waste and emissions that contribute significantly to the climate issues we are facing today.
One of the greatest tragedies of sustainable design is the notion that old buildings can’t be energy efficient.
In 2022, the San Antonio City Council approved a deconstruction ordinance mandating certain structures to be carefully taken apart rather than mech
Deconstruction ordinances are a policy tool implemented to build towards a more circular economic model.
Embodied carbon is a top concern within the preservation sphere and provides one of the strongest cases for reuse over demolition.