Building New Structures

Whenever possible, existing building structures should be re-used and adapted instead of creating new structures. Housing, for example, is not a problem even for the hundreds of thousands displaced from high-rise apartments, because of the population still remaining in Toronto, single-family homes are converting to multiple-family homes, and commercial units are being converted into housing as well. If storage facilities are needed, the unused floors of high-rise commercial and apartment buildings can be used, which also allows for the freeing up of space in sheds and garages that should be converted into farming and livestock housing (see Chapter 1).

If new structures are needed, they are to be built out of salvaged materials from building sites or demolition sites. Otherwise, tire-and-earth construction is recommended (also excellent for building walls or levies) as a way to reuse waste material.

Read the next section, Other Various Buildings...

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