Portland, Louisville, KY

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Research & Policy Lab

Realizing the potential of cities, communities, and neighborhoods.

The National Trust’s Research & Policy Lab--formerly the Preservation Green Lab--conducts innovative research and develops new policies to help conserve and reuse older and historic buildings. The Lab’s ground-breaking reports provide data and analysis on the connections between older buildings and a range of positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes. The Lab maintains a national database of information about buildings in cities across the country and partners with preservation and community leaders to leverage their built assets to support more inclusive, healthy, and resilient communities.

Latest Research: Untapped Potential

The product of a multi-year partnership with the Urban Land Institute, a new report offers best practices for policymakers, developers, and community advocates interested in using building reuse as a tool to create healthy, equitable, and resilient communities.

City-Scale Preservation: Atlas of ReUrbanism

Whether you’re an activist, journalist, developer, or resident, the Atlas contains detailed information about the businesses and residents, buildings and blocks that make cities work for everyone.

Deep Dive: Research

The Research & Policy Lab’s research agenda aims to make older buildings and blocks the foundation for vital, thriving, inclusive cities. In addition to research, the team produces tools, policy recommendations, and contributes to a national conversation about sustainable development and resilient cities.