When I talk to people about heritage and heritage planning, I get the feeling that they still think that heritage is an elitist thing and that to reuse buildings is a high-cost endeavor. Is it really any more to renovate and reuse buildings as it is to demolish and build new?

I know that it's easier to demolish, of course, but I think we all know here that every effort to reuse is more rewarding than destruction. What do people think about the cost factor of renovation and reuse?

I'm not talking about RESTORATION, just mean renovation and adaptive reuse (without mass interior demolition, because to gut the insides of an old building is horrid if it can be saved)