Because PLACE Matters.
It’s not just our great outdoors, but our historic homes and neighborhoods, bridges and barns, churches and Main Streets that make Oregon so authentic and livable.
Restoration = Jobs
- Dollar-for-dollar, building rehabilitation creates more jobs than manufacturing, logging, or new construction.
- 60% of rehab expenses go towards labor instead of materials, much of which is imported.
- 75% of the economic benefit stays within the local economy.
- Historic places attract tourism and 83% of leisure travelers in Oregon seek out cultural and heritage destinations.
Reuse = Sustainable
- Over 26% of our landfill comes from construction & demolition waste.
- Historic buildings can be energy-efficient and already utilize passive heating, cooling, and lighting.
- It takes an average of 38 years for a new building to save the energy thrown away by demolishing an existing one.
- “Why spend all this effort recycling cans and bottles– and throw away entire buildings?” Donovan Rypkema
Historic = Livable
- Design, craftsmanship, materials… they don’t make ‘em like this anymore!
- Historic places tell us who we are and where we come from.
- Historic Main Streets are the original “20 minute neighborhoods”– mixed-use and walkable.
- Older buildings offer creative spaces for housing and small business incubation.
- Historic buildings create an authentic sense of PLACE you’ll never find in a strip mall!
Sources: The Economics of Historic Preservation, Donovan Rypkema, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1998, 2002, 2005. Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit; Rutgers University and National Park Service, 2012. Oregon Heritage Commission study, 2012.The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, Preservation Green Lab, 2012. Oregon DEQ, Metro study, 1994.