Tour the Coolest Converted Grain-Bin Dwelling on the Prairie – Adaptive Reuse – Curbed National

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The original bin, which measures 36 feet in diameter and 20 feet in height, has stayed largely intact; inside it, the primary living space is enclosed in a 900-square-foot insulated box. There are, however, stairs that lead to the unfinished space below, which Morris currently uses as an art studio.

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via Tour the Coolest Converted Grain-Bin Dwelling on the Prairie – Adaptive Reuse – Curbed National.

Forest City Brewery embraces history as it sets to open in Cleveland | cleveland.com

The 1915 building once was a former tavern house, appropriate for its latest incarnation. Construction will include reclaimed wood from a nearby home that dates to the 1880s. The part of the building that will house the brewery has a barn-like look to it, with high wooden strips forming the rafters. And in a neat homage to the past, bricks were salvaged from a former Forest City Brewery.

via Forest City Brewery embraces history as it sets to open in Cleveland | cleveland.com.

Desso upcycles 20,000 tonnes of chalk from water companies in new Cradle to Cradle initiative

Desso is collaborating with Reststoffenunie, an association of drinking water companies in the Netherlands, to upcycle re-engineered calcium carbonate (chalk) from local drinking water companies such as Brabant Water and WML (Water Maatschappij Limburg). The chalk is positively defined in accordance with C2C criteria and is used for the production of Desso’s carpet tiles with EcoBase backing, which is C2C Silver certified and 100% recyclable in Desso’s own production process.

via Desso upcycles 20,000 tonnes of chalk from water companies in new Cradle to Cradle initiative.

Nonprofit and Mt. Airy salvage company unite to sustainably reduce Germantown blight — NewsWorks

Philadelphia Community Corps is providing first-phase deconstruction of nine vacant homes in Germantown-Logan, just outside the main entrance of La Salle University. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks)Philadelphia Community Corps is providing first-phase deconstruction of nine vacant homes in Germantown-Logan, just outside the main entrance of La Salle University. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks)

“Chris immediately saw the potential,” Trainor said. “Philadelphia Community Corps needs an experienced for-profit partner to break through the barriers to entry into the structure removal industry, and Philadelphia Salvage Company needs a reliable supply of reclaimed building materials.”

They immediately got to work seeking opportunities, and through the collaboration PCC was awarded their first contract — to provide first-phase deconstruction of nine vacant homes in the Germantown-Logan section of Philadelphia, just outside the main entrance of La Salle University.

via Nonprofit and Mt. Airy salvage company unite to sustainably reduce Germantown blight — NewsWorks.

Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials | Inhabitat

Australian builder James Galletly, also known as The Upcyclist, teamed up with the Bower Reuse and Repair Center to design and build The Tiny, a small and cozy retreat constructed atop a box trailer and assembled with more than 95% recycled materials.

via Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Inspiration for Emily & Aaron’s Condo Renovation — Renovation Diary | Apartment Therapy

Love the industrial feel of the reclaim wood against the subway tiles. Eat Drink Americano, Los Angeles (photo from Dustjacket Attic).

I am also very drawn to the industrial interiors of the gastropubs and retail stores that are popping up all over downtown LA. Reclaimed wood, wrought iron, subway tiles with dark grout, concrete, pre rinse faucets, and vintage filament light bulbs are characteristic of this style.

via Inspiration for Emily & Aaron’s Condo Renovation — Renovation Diary | Apartment Therapy.

Connaught bricks to be salvaged from Regina dump – Saskatchewan – CBC News

A salvage effort is set to recover some bricks as souvenirs from Connaught School in Regina.A salvage effort is set to recover some bricks as souvenirs from Connaught School in Regina. (CBC)

According to Elliot, some of the material includes decorative limestone and terrazzo pieces along with intact bricks.

Elliot said she learned that the bricks were destined to be crushed.

“Some of it may be used for roadways,” she said. “But … it sounded like they were just pulverizing it into the landfill itself.”

via Connaught bricks to be salvaged from Regina dump – Saskatchewan – CBC News.

Barn whisperer: Rigaud man gives centuries’ old wood new vocations | Montreal Gazette

Roger Brabant of Rigaud relaxes inside a disassembled barn as he works to reclaim some of the wooden beams and planks Monday, October 27, 2014. Roger Brabant of Rigaud relaxes inside a disassembled barn as he works to reclaim some of the wooden beams and planks Monday, October 27, 2014.

Known in the area as Roger “Barnwood” Brabant, he has spent the last 20 years dismantling old barns from local farms, recuperating the aged wood they’re made of and either selling it as is or turning it into furniture. Montreal café and bar owners, especially Irish pubs, have become popular clientele, condo owners and designers as well.

via Barn whisperer: Rigaud man gives centuries’ old wood new vocations | Montreal Gazette.

Oak Wine Barrel Coffee Table by John Whitmarsh on Instructables

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I’m not sure how I came up with the idea, but it probably happened while I was in wine country, tasting wine and I had a moment of inspiration while under the influence. In any case, I wanted to make something a little different than the normal chunky wine barrel furniture – something a little more graceful and contemporary. I’d never seen curved barrel staves turned on their side before, so I decided to start there.

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via Oak Wine Barrel Coffee Table.

Demonstrating Relative Cost-Benefits for the Reuse of DoD Historic and Non-Historic Properties Using Scientifically Derived Data – EW-200931

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) / Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)

Based on the data from the LCCA analyses, overall findings included:

Renovation of Pre-War Buildings can be cost effective compared to new construction on a life-cycle cost basis, both with and without factoring in the monetized value of GHG emissions.

Leveraging existing building materials and original design intelligence, modernization of Pre-War Buildings can achieve comparable levels of energy consumption as new construction at a LEED Silver level.

On a life-cycle cost basis, Pre-War Buildings generate less total GHG emissions compared to new construction. GHG savings from initial construction (Scope 3) is the driver of this result.

While adding monetized GHG emissions to the project cost reflects the true economic cost, it does not have a significant impact on LLCA project NPV results. The absolute dollar values of GHG emission differences among Project Alternatives was extremely low.

Incorporating the monetary value of GHG emissions raised the total project life-cycle costs across all project alternatives by approximately 2 to 3%.

via EW-200931.

Sustainablog | Saving The Planet And Money At The Construction Site

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The world is slowly finding itself without the resources that it needs, and therefore the construction materials that are being used need to be reduced to help the environmental impact. Rather than send all of the leftover materials, as well as materials that are from the demolition and excavation process, as well as the construction process, this industry is turning towards recycling the reusable materials.

via Sustainablog | Jeff McIntire-Strasburg has been blogging a greener world via sustainablog since 2003!.

Welsh start-up to build recycling facility for construction and demolition aggregates

Cuddy Recycling Ltd, a start-up firm supported by the Welsh government, is establishing a wood, plasterboard and gypsum recycling centre in South Wales. The centre, which represents an investment on £1.2 million, will be the first of its kind in the area and will create 22 jobs.

The facility will process and recycle demolition aggregates from construction and demolition projects in Wales, in addition to waste timber and plasterboard, which will be sourced from the construction sector and civil amenity sites. The aggregates will be sorted for reuse within the construction industry and waste timber will be used for biomass fuel, panel board manufacture and animal bedding. The plasterboard will be reused in plasterboard manufacture where possible and the gypsum will be recycled as a soil conditioner for application in the agricultural industry. It may also be used as a cement additive.

via Welsh start-up to build recycling facility for construction and demolition aggregates.

Good Life: First part of restoration completed at historic site; Walk A Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser scheduled

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Wilderstein Historic Site, Rhinebeck, announces the completion of phase one of the restoration and adaptive reuse of the estate’s 1888 Carriage House. Thanks to the generous support of the community in raising over $500,000 for this important effort, the Wilderstein Carriage House is now structurally sound and no longer endangered.

via Good Life: First part of restoration completed at historic site; Walk A Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser scheduled.

This Brutalist Monolith Will Soon Be an Ebola Treatment Center – Adaptive Reuse – Curbed National

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“It feels like we are building a little village,” Jean-Pierre Veyrenche, a WHO coordinator, says. To build a functional medical center, the sewage system needed to be created beneath abandoned government building, and water tanks and generators had to be installed. The undertaking, while almost riveting in its remarkable adaptive reuse program, also speaks to larger issues of monolithic government projects during wartime and the real scarcity for fundamentals like functioning medical facilities.

Photo via The Charnel House

via This Brutalist Monolith Will Soon Be an Ebola Treatment Center – Adaptive Reuse – Curbed National.

Baltimore Fishbowl Southwest Baltimore Mural Evinces Second Chance – Baltimore Fishbowl

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“Something that has come up over and over in our conversations with community members is how much they value the history of Baltimore and their commitment to the future of Baltimore,” Powers said in a description of the work.

Second Chance, located at 1700 Ridgely Street, was an apt choice. The organization deconstructs older buildings to make the materials available for reuse, and its workforce is made up of people who face barriers to employment.

via Baltimore Fishbowl Southwest Baltimore Mural Evinces Second Chance – Baltimore Fishbowl.

Concrete Tiki Rocket Stove – By TRexGraphix on Instructables

Well now, a new favorite in town!  TRexGraphix is our kind of salvage beast!

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Materials List:

Plastic bucket from local bakery – $1

1 Empty soup can – Free

1 Eight inch scrap metal tube –Free

2 Plastic paper roll end caps from sign shop – Free

1 9 x 12 wood board  1 ½ thick – Free

1 Counter top board – Free from estate sale

1 Bag CHENG Outdoor Pro Formula Mix Charcoal color – $30

1 Bag Volcano rock – Free leftover from gas fireplace insert

2 Bags (120 lbs) of  concrete mix – $8

20 Drywall screws

1 Roll Duct Tape

1 Gallon of water

via Concrete Tiki Rocket Stove.

Dumpster Diving to Save the Chesapeake Bay | Christy Everett

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When people think about cutting-edge architecture and design, they often think about high-costs and space-age technology. But a key component of the Living Building Challenge is to use as many recycled and reusable materials as possible to save natural resources, energy, and costs.

So for past year and a half, we’ve been dumpster diving to salvage and use materials for the Brock Center that otherwise would go to the local landfill.

via Dumpster Diving to Save the Chesapeake Bay | Christy Everett.

At construction’s peak, deconstruction movement burgeons | mndaily.com – The Minnesota Daily

Now, an initiative led by Minneapolis City Council members Andrew Johnson and Linea Palmisano is addressing housing demolition waste and drafting a deconstruction policy due next spring.

The plan specifically cites Wards 13 and 3 as high demolition areas in 2013, the latter of which encompasses parts of the University area.

via At construction’s peak, deconstruction movement burgeons | mndaily.com – The Minnesota Daily.

Program focuses on revitalizing historically significant structures around state | Monroe Courier

“Our combined initiatives to preserve and reuse our historic industrial sites reflect our growing understanding that Connecticut’s identity is encompassed in its industrial past not just its iconic town green,” said Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Executive Director Helen Higgins. “Creative and feasible re-use of industrial buildings will transform our state and infuse economic vitality in our towns and cities.”

via Program focuses on revitalizing historically significant structures around state | Monroe Courier.

One of the largest reusable building material retailers in Chicagoland opens in Maywood | Articles | News | ForestParkReview.com

It’s rather fitting that ReUse Depot would take residence in the historically significant building, since much of the reused building material that it sales is rich with historic resonance and durability. Before the store officially opened in September it hosted a monthly meeting of the Neighbors of Maywood Community Organization (NOMCO). Many NOMCO members, after perusing some of the store’s inventory of kitchen and bathroom fixtures, appliances and flooring material, kept saying, ‘They just don’t make stuff like this anymore.’

via One of the largest reusable building material retailers in Chicagoland opens in Maywood | Articles | News | ForestParkReview.com.

Gay in the Life: Carla Therese Bruni – 466 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times

“Through Community Glue Workshop, we run these clinics where people can fix stuff for free,” said Bruni. By ‘stuff’, Bruni means items ranging from lamps to toasters and clothing. “I work with craftsmen and groups who need a few tools to do some really cool stuff. You can start a deconstruction company with a few hundred dollars in tools,” she said. And, she helps to make that happen.

via Gay in the Life: Carla Therese Bruni – 466 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times.

Nonprofit groups salvage materials from Genesis homes

100714-house-harvest-03Mel Rullman, left, and Don Ague, volunteers with Habitat ReStore, remove nails from oak trim Tuesday outside a home at 2227 Esplanade Ave., Davenport. ReStore sells new and gently used building materials to raise money for Habitat for Humanity-Quad-Cities. Other items the group salvaged from the house and others in the area that are scheduled for demolition include toilets, a bathroom vanity and window wells.

The wood will be resold in the group’s Architectural Rescue Shop that raises money for neighborhood projects by salvaging, accepting and selling vintage items.

via Nonprofit groups salvage materials from Genesis homes.

Everything is built out of recycled pallets at the PalletFest upcycling festival : TreeHugger

The free PalletFest upcycling event is taking place in Sculpture Park, located on Speer Blvd. & Champa in Denver, CO, on October 11th and12th, and will feature live music, art, an upcycled fashion show, food and beer, a team “Pallet Build Off,” pallet parkour, a pallet maze, and more. Everything for the festival will be built from recycled shipping pallets, and attendees will get an opportunity to see ideas for creating furniture and other functional items for their home and yard, as well as view upcycled art made from items originally considered to be trash.

via Everything is built out of recycled pallets at the PalletFest upcycling festival : TreeHugger.

Halloween 2010 & the retelling of Singy Jack – by OttoH @ LumberJocks.com ~ woodworking community

I have it sitting on a cart I made last year before I joined the LumberJocks site the cart is made out of reclaimed pallets and shipping containers. The cart was built on the fly with just a rough sketch and then modified tremendously during construction. The rear wheels are from an old kick-bike whose frame got bent and the front wheels were purchased at the local hardware store. The sheet metal top was also reclaimed from an old paint booth.

via Halloween 2010 & the retelling of Singy Jack – by OttoH @ LumberJocks.com ~ woodworking community.

Design*Sponge | A Buffalo Home Designed to Welcome Friends & Family

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Sean builds furniture and fixtures from reclaimed wood and used to work as a finish carpenter, so he used his vast tool collection to make the most of the wealth of inexpensive (and free) salvage materials and furniture the couple was able to gather around Buffalo. Sean explained, “We would literally look at Pinterest and then go pull wood out of dumpsters and vacant lots and try to recreate things that we liked.”

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via Design*Sponge |http://www.designsponge.com/2014/10/sneak-peek-sean.html#more-205710.