Building Differently

While it is never easy to "buck the trend", the Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson University recently conducted a study that does provide some hope for the future. The study illustrates that if cities, counties, businesses, builders and developers across the Upstate choose to make different decisions about how to create the needed homes, shops, businesses and schools for the Upstate, the region can accommodate the same number of people while using significantly less land.

Depending on the ratio of land per new resident, the resulting land savings can be as much of 80% of what the current trend would use for growth.