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A Historic Opportunity

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By 2035 Approximately 75% of the Built
Environment Will be Either New or Renovated

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As of 2010, the total U.S. building stock is approximately 275 billion square feet.

During normal economic times, we tear down approximately 1.75 billion square feet of buildings each year.

Every year, we renovate approximately 5 billion square feet.

Every year, we build new approximately 5 billion square feet.

Herein lies the hope. By the year 2035, approximately three-quarters (75%) of the built environment will be either new or renovated [1].

This transformation over the next 25 years represents a historic opportunity for the architecture and building community to avoid dangerous climate change.




Based on projected trends approximately three-quarters of the built environment will be either new or renovated. The shown annual approximations renovation and new construction are rounded down.