As a way for cost savings, advocates for “adaptive reuse” are using old cement blocks to build new buildings in Northeast Pennsylvania. These cement blocks are study and can last from century to century, while also showcasing charm to old buildings. As such, old masonry buildings can not be given a second, third, or fourth life.
To save on costs, a masonry building can save on demolition costs and gut rehab by up to 20 percent. This allows for old factory buildings to be saved and can often look better than newer buildings. Reusing these buildings keeps construction waste out of landfills and saves water that would be needed to create new building materials.
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