09 Nov '11, 3pm

Renovation and repair creates way more jobs and uses far less material than new construction

Renovation and repair creates way more jobs and uses far less material than new construction

Carol M. Highsmith, November 2008 (Library of Congress)/Public Domain For years, I have been writing that Renovation Uses Twice As Much Labor, Half as Much Material as New Construction and that In Hard Times It's Time For Renovation and Preservation. I summed it all up in Heritage is Green. Now Emily Badger provides more ammunition with an article in Atlantic Cities, Another Reason to Stop Building New Homes: Job Creation she writes: Rehabilitating old buildings is more labor-intensive than new construction, since much of the cost of new construction goes literally to bricks and mortar. But we asked Heidi Garrett-Peltier, an economist with the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, for some data to back this up. She ran some estimates based on national 2009 data, the most recent numbers available. And it turns out that repairing ex...

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