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dc.contributor.advisorChagnon, Pax
dc.contributor.authorYoung, Sarah E.
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-15T21:54:49Z
dc.date.available2013-01-15T21:54:49Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4476
dc.descriptionPresented to the Honors Committee of Texas State University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For Graduation in the Honors College, December 2012.en_US
dc.description.abstractOur society promotes the 3 R’s of conservation (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) as a solution to our personal waste, however it is not a strategy commonly applied to our building stock. Sustainable design is regarded as the solution to environmental troubles that we face today nationally as well as worldwide. High performance buildings featuring energy efficient technology are deemed the most economically and environmentally sustainable option. This paper is an investigation into the economic and environmental viability of building reuse and retrofit (in downtown American cities) in comparison to demolition and new construction of a ‘green’ building. This thesis is a meta-analysis of existing research and case studies to investigate the benefits of green building in relation to the definition of sustainability and explores the obstacles to further progress.en_US
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dc.format.extent62 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectSustainabilityen_US
dc.subjectGreen designen_US
dc.subjectBuilding reuseen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmenten_US
dc.subjectEconomyen_US
dc.subjectAmerican downtownsen_US
dc.titleGreening the Town Centers of America: An Investigation Into the Sustainability of Building Reuse In Relation to the Economy and Environmenten_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily and Consumer Sciences
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University


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