It’s been estimated that two acres of forest are cut down for each 1,200 square feet of house built. It’s also estimated that for every 2,200 pounds of cement produced, 1,980 pounds of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. Cement production accounts for approximately 10 percent of man-made carbon dioxide emissions and over 15 percent of landfill space. And trust me, you don’t want to know the quantity of pollutants cement kilns (factories) throw into the air.
Sure, some building materials are recycled today, but nowhere near all that can be.
On the flipside, booming development in Dallas equates to a lot of demolition of sometimes interesting structures worth preserving. Some are architectural wonders but many are lower-density structures someone wants to McMansion, or more likely, McApartment. Many of these smaller structures would be at home elsewhere.