New construction usually damages building sites, explains Richard E. Dover. Of all the environmental problems humans cause—air pollution, water pollution, soil erosion, ozone depletion and climate change—loss of biodiversity is the most permanent. For that reason, less is more, says Richard E. Dover, who prefers not to build at all. The environment can be preserved by restoring sites rather than building new ones, says Richard E. Dover.
Richard E. Dover and Family Pride Corporation make ecofriendly practices a reality by working solely with unused historic structures. The energy stored in old buildings is completely wasted when they are destroyed or torn down, says Richard E. Dover. One way to reuse this energy is to restore and renovate existing buildings and to include features such as reflective roofs, solar power, and super high efficiency heat/air systems. These changes and improvements make buildings restored by Richard E. Dover and Family Pride Corporation the most ecofriendly projects possible.