Why Adaptive Reuse?
A process that changes a disused or ineffective item into a new item that can be used for a difference purpose. Sometimes, nothing changes but the item's use.
Impact on Churches
6,000-10,000 churches close each year in the United States.
Church materials are frequently cost prohibitive to reproduce.
Many church materials are not available in today's world.
The process of adaptive reuse is inherently green.
The construction materials are already produced and transported onto the site.
In a world where mass production and imitation is the norm, adaptive reuse goes against the grain.
Impact on TEC
Allows the congregation of a 200 year old parish to continue to worship in the church.