Published: 26th Feb 2020

Historic England is calling for existing buildings to be reused and recycled rather than demolished and built from scratch in order to save CO2 emissions.  The building and construction industry is responsible for 42% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and with the government pledging to build ‘at least’ one million new homes in the next five years, this is an industry that needs to be carefully considered if the UK is going to reach the target of net-zero emissions by 2050. According to a report published today (February 26) by Historic England, upgrading existing buildings could make substantial energy savings because the CO2 emissions that are already embodied within the existing building would not be lost through demolition. A lot of attention is being paid to reducing daily emissions generated from heating and powering buildings, but according to the authors of the report, the carbon savings from reusing buildings … (To read the full article, subscribe below)