Heritage advocates have long understood the link between retention of existing building stock, environmental sustainability, and maintaining vibrant communities. Nova Scotia has a tremendous stock of old and underused buildings, many of which are at risk for demolition and redevelopment. Particularly in urban areas, this redevelopment often prioritizes profits over ecological and community concerns.
Promoting the adaptive reuse of these buildings has become a major emphasis of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia’s public education campaign. Throughout the year we collaborate with young architects to conduct adaptive reuse studies across the province. These studies are shared with developers, municipal officials, and community stakeholders, and have helped us to make the case for retaining and retrofitting at-risk heritage buildings, converting them to energy-efficient, modern, active uses, retaining their embodied energy, and contributing to a unique sense of place.
With your support, we can continue to pursue strategies of proven success, and to conduct new research and outreach efforts.
About the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia
Since 1959, the Heritage Trust has sought to promote, foster, and encourage interest in and the preservation of buildings and sites of historical, architectural, and cultural significance in Nova Scotia. Public education is at the heart of our mandate, which we fulfill through lectures, publications, conducting and disseminating original research, and through internship and work-study programs. In recent years we have focused on educating the public about the ecological value of conserving our built heritage.