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AbstractTo be truly sustainable, a society must maximize the use and reuse of its existing resources. Yet the economics of the construction industry are designed to encourage the construction of new buildings as quickly and as cheaply as possible, and the demolition of existing buildings just as quickly. In order to achieve the levels of sustainability deemed essential by many of our nation’s leaders, the vast resource that our existing building stock represents can no longer be ignored, regardless of lack of historic signifi cance, perceived aesthetics, or energy effi ciency. Th is thesis summarizes and assesses the eff ectiveness of existing policies established in the interest of preservation, sustainability, and economic development that provide a strong framework for building reuse. Th is thesis outlines a feasible building reuse policy, conceived as largely independent from, but with the potential for, far-reaching benefi ts for preservation, sustainability, and economic interests.
Degree ProgramGraduate College