Innovation and tech are transforming the buildings we learn in

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“Whatever you are going to construct, from an environmental perspective, your number one priority is to ensure your designers are focused on enabling you to build something that is energy efficient, uses materials that have a low embodied carbon and can be easily maintained, re-purposed and ultimately, after a long and useful lifetime, be recycled,” Dominic Burbridge, associate director of the Carbon Trust, said in a statement sent to CNBC.com.

Source: Innovation and tech are transforming the buildings we learn in

A Historic Portland Building Turns Over a New Leaf—as a Stylish Hostel – Metropolis

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“I think this is one of the last buildings from that era,” says Sean O’Connor, the general manager and partner of KEX Portland. “So it’s nice to be able to preserve the original history and character of that Eastside industrial area.”

Source: A Historic Portland Building Turns Over a New Leaf—as a Stylish Hostel – Metropolis

‘No-waste’ Japanese village is a peek into carbon-neutral future | World news | The Guardian

Household waste in Kamikatsu must be sorted into no fewer than 45 categories

Household waste in Kamikatsu must be sorted into no fewer than 45 categories. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

Household waste must be separated into no fewer than 45 categories, before being taken to a collection centre where volunteers ensure items go into the correct bin, occasionally issuing polite reminders to anyone who forgets to take the lid and label off a plastic bottle or remove nails from a plank of wood.

Source: ‘No-waste’ Japanese village is a peek into carbon-neutral future | World news | The Guardian

Coal-fired power plants finding new uses as data centers, clean energy hubs | Energy News Network

The former Ottawa Street Power Station in Lansing, Michgian, stopped producing power in 1992 and finally reopened in 2011 as the headquarters for an insurance company, the Accident Fund, now called the AF Group.

“One of the really cool things about retired coal-fired plants is they have built-in infrastructure and components that can be repurposed for new industry,” said John Kowalik, director of marketing and public relations for Environmental Liability Transfer. “Like access to rail, ports and waterways … and good highway transportation. Typically the grids can be reused for another purpose too, like solar or wind. There’s a direct grid connection at the power plant.”

Source: Coal-fired power plants finding new uses as data centers, clean energy hubs | Energy News Network

Unbuilding boats: Work underway on vessel deconstruction facility in Ilwaco | News | chinookobserver.com

Construction starts on a nearly 6,000-square-foot vessel deconstruction facility

Construction has started on a nearly 6,000-square-foot vessel deconstruction facility in Ilwaco slated for completion this fall. The facility will be located at 165 Howerton Ave., the current location of a boat-storage yard.  Luke Whittaker

Derelict vessels often contain large quantities of oil, lead, asbestos or other toxic substances that could pose a threat to animals and the environment. If leaked or leached, these can injure or kill marine mammals, waterfowl and other aquatic life; and contaminate aquatic lands, nearby shorelines and water. “There’s a lot on a vessel to prevent life from attaching. They’ve found those contaminants in orcas and salmon, which could be attributed to derelict vessels. We wish we could remove them all,” Wood

Source: Unbuilding boats: Work underway on vessel deconstruction facility in Ilwaco | News | chinookobserver.com

A Portland Distillery Is Making Its Own Hand Cleaner in the Wake of Coronavirus – Willamette Week

IMAGE: Courtesy of Shine Distillery.

Shine Distillery and Grill, on North Williams Avenue, is repurposing the high-proof byproduct from its 130-gallon steel-and-copper still to produce hand cleaner, and making it available to the public in 2.7-ounce bottles.

Source: A Portland Distillery Is Making Its Own Hand Cleaner in the Wake of Coronavirus – Willamette Week

Bob Verrier Champions Historic Renovation and Adaptive Reuse

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Photo: The Architectural Team’s Bob Verrier has designed more than 50 award-winning historic buildings and preserved the architectural heritage of hundreds of historic structures across the country.

“The idea of restoring and bringing a building back to usefulness is very rewarding,” he says. “A new building is a new building, but restoring a historic building, it gives more energy. It’s like taking something that’s not being used, something that was very functional at one time, and now you bring it back to life. That’s what you’re doing: breathing new life into old bones.”

Source: Bob Verrier Champions Historic Renovation and Adaptive Reuse

How second-hand stores are adapting to increasing fast-fashion donations – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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PHOTO: Australian Red Cross Head of Retail Richard Wood says about 6,000 kilograms of textiles go into landfill every 10 minutes. (ABC Capricornia: Paul Robinson)

“That is trying to get the product to its original fibre content and to be able to repurpose it into other materials, potentially things like building materials.

Source: How second-hand stores are adapting to increasing fast-fashion donations – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Adaptive Reuse is the Future of Cannabis Retail | GlobeSt

Buildings that previously housed banks tend to be popular as they already have secure structures that comply with the cannabis industry’s unique security provisions – including vaults, safes, blocked-off areas and advanced security systems – in turn requiring less of an investment from the operator to implement these requirements.

Source: Adaptive Reuse is the Future of Cannabis Retail | GlobeSt

Let’s Stop the Demolition Derby – Banker & Tradesman

The National Association of Home Builders reports that 58,600 houses were removed from their lots in 2017 to make way for newer, almost always larger, houses. Many of them were obsolete places that nobody wanted, and the land under most was probably more valuable than the houses themselves. But instead of being demolished, at least some could have been deconstructed: taken apart systematically so their parts could be reused.

Source: Let’s Stop the Demolition Derby – Banker & Tradesman

Meet local 3D artist Gregory Stallmeyer : Arts : Smile Politely

Image: Photo of two metal circles on metal stands filled with multicolored resin and automative paint starbursts planted outside the artist’s studio like flowers. Photo by Debra Domal

These human-made flowers, grown from repurposed materials, seem perfectly at home in nature.

Source: Meet local 3D artist Gregory Stallmeyer : Arts : Smile Politely

Here’s how we can recycle more buildings | CityMetric

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Advanced sensors and AI that can detect quickly and determine accurately what can be used among CDW and efficient robotic sorting could aid circular construction by vastly improving the recycling of a wide range of materials. The focus should be on the smart dismantling of buildings and ways of optimising cost-effective processes.

Source: Here’s how we can recycle more buildings | CityMetric

Tallest timber adaptive reuse building set to open | ArchitectureAU

55 Southbank Boulevard by Bates Smart.

55 Southbank Boulevard by Bates Smart. Image: Hume Partners Property

Bates Smart designed a 10 storey structure made from engineered timber that sits top of an existing office building in Melbourne’s Southbank. The Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank is set to open later in 2020.

Source: Tallest timber adaptive reuse building set to open | ArchitectureAU

Couple creates stylish home from warehouse

The living room of Cathy Ehrler and Donald Thurman’s converted warehouse home is light and open, with high ceilings and windows lining the walls.

“I’m really into reuse and recycling — and I’ve been that way all my life — and one of the reasons that I loved this space is that we are reusing space in an old building,” said Cathy, “and we used as much as the original as possible.”

Source: Couple creates stylish home from warehouse

Construction Industry Weighs Building Lifespan to Fight Climate Change | GlobeSt

“We had the view for a very long time to think about the construction of developing and repurposing buildings from the view of what is the anticipated life of the building and ask ‘am I building this in a way that makes sense for the intended use?’” Anderson said.

Source: Construction Industry Weighs Building Lifespan to Fight Climate Change | GlobeSt

Traverse City man wants to salvage a piece of his history: The “Old Franke Mill” | WPBN

“We are working on preserving as much as we can that’s in the mill itself,” said Derek Morton the Garfield Township Park Steward. “It’s in rough shape right now, but we want to work with the family now that we know Jack’s around and has a lot of interest in it.”

Source: Traverse City man wants to salvage a piece of his history: The “Old Franke Mill” | WPBN

Sweet Olive Cottage – Columbia Metropolitan Magazine

Jenni and Andy Wilson’s move to a 1923 Tudor Revival on South Edisto was, for Jenni, a dream come true. Marrying old and new architecture with a classic cottage feel, the renovation is masterful. The 100 to 200 year old reclaimed French terracotta floor tiles in the kitchen are the pièces de résistance, and the ILVE Italian 48-inch black enameled range with brass claw feet is a much used and loved focal point.

The island is made from reclaimed heart pine from the house.

Source: Sweet Olive Cottage – Columbia Metropolitan Magazine

Hennepin County Encourages Deconstructing, Not Demolishing Through Grants – CCX Media

“In a demolition project, the entire building is demolished and wrecked,” said Olivia Cashman, construction and waste specialist with Hennepin County. “Whereas in a deconstruction project, the building is taken a part and it’s typically by hand so that process typically takes a lot more labor and time.”

Source: Hennepin County Encourages Deconstructing, Not Demolishing Through Grants – CCX Media

In My Opinion: Old forests, not clearcuts, are climate solutions – By Samantha Krop – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR

Put simply, logging is not a carbon solution. All told, the logging industry is the largest fossil fuel emitter in our state. In 2016, the Oregon Global Warming Commission reported that the wood products sector itself contributed 50% more pollution than the transportation and energy sector combined.

Source: In My Opinion: Old forests, not clearcuts, are climate solutions – Opinion – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR

Re-Evaluating Heritage Waste: Sustaining Material Values through Deconstruction and Reuse: The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice: Vol 0, No 0 – by Susan M. Ross

This article explores how heritage values can be productively sustained or transformed by processes of building deconstruction and materials reuse, which address the increasing magnitude of demolition waste, landfill and resource use in urban development. The article starts by examining literature in heritage studies, sustainable building, and discard studies, then presents two examples from Vancouver, a Canadian city under intense development pressure, to help frame questions from project and policy contex

Source: Re-Evaluating Heritage Waste: Sustaining Material Values through Deconstruction and Reuse: The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice: Vol 0, No 0

Embedawatt: Valuing What We Have – – The Adirondack Almanack

Medium Sized House Energy Chart Courtesy of Jerry Jenkins

Illustrations: Above, the symbol for the Embedawatt, as envisioned by AARCH staff; and below a Medium Sized House Energy Chart courtesy of Jerry Jenkins (from Climate Change in the Adirondacks).

Assuming the new house is more energy efficient than an existing house, it still takes an average of 40 years for an energy efficient new house to recover the energy and carbon expended in the construction of the house (Empty Homes Agency, 2008).

Source: Embedawatt: Valuing What We Have – – The Adirondack Almanack

A Portland Software Engineer Is Bringing the Pay Phone Back, Minus the “Pay” Part – Willamette Week

IMAGE: Mick Hangland-Skill

“The way I describe it is that it’s ‘radically accessible,'” he says. “All you need to be able to do is hear and talk.” Through grants, Anderson has expanded Futel to 10 booths in Portland, as well as Detroit and Ypsilanti, Mich., and Seaview, Wash., using hardware salvaged from Craigslist.

Source: A Portland Software Engineer Is Bringing the Pay Phone Back, Minus the “Pay” Part – Willamette Week

Perkins and Will StudioIDS Office Shows the Impact of Adaptive Reuse

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Excess tabletops from the old office were cut to make adjustable shelving in the gallery wall, and millwork was reused in the print and model shop rooms. Overall, 16% of the total material cost for the project was salvaged and repurposed from the old office. 68% of the furniture was also reused (amounting to $100,000 savings).

Source: Perkins and Will StudioIDS Office Shows the Impact of Adaptive Reuse

Demolition uncovers antique log building in Pennsylvania | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio 

Demolition uncovers antique log building in Pennsylvania

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“After our demolition contractor started pulling the outsides of the building off, (we) discovered there was a log cabin in there,” said council president Frank Dombroski.

Source: Demolition uncovers antique log building in Pennsylvania | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio | Columbus News, Weather & Sports

Portland Street Artists Turned a Doomed Building Into a Temporary Work of Art – Willamette Week

IMAGE: Mick Hangland-Skill.

New owners Eastbank Development are planning to raze the site and turn it into apartments—but before doing so, they offered it to the nonprofit Portland Street Art Alliance to use as a canvas. Since last spring, more than 50 artists have contributed to the project, covering all four of the building’s outer walls with cows, bears, Sasquatches and hyper-bright 3-D lettering.

Source: Portland Street Artists Turned a Doomed Building Into a Temporary Work of Art – Willamette Week

A sustainable teardown in Lake Oswego – Pamplin Media Group –

PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL – Workers have started building vertical on the new City Hall building.

Redevelopment Manager Sidaro Sin said contractors were able to recycle 90% of the two existing buildings — a former medical office and doggy day care — that were on the property where the new City Hall is being built. That was about 15% more than the contractors’ original goal.

Source: Pamplin Media Group – A sustainable teardown in Lake Oswego

Broaden the scope of of contractor education | Columnists | missoulian.com

A 2017 UN Environment report estimated the building sector contributes 49 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions thus making it the single largest contributor to climate change. Globally, building operations account for 28 percent of GHG emissions and the embodied carbon of building materials–the emissions generated in the production, transport, and assembly of materials such as wood, concrete, and steel–accounts for another 11 percent.

Source: Broaden the scope of of contractor education | Columnists | missoulian.com

St. Raphael steeple getting the barn treatment so it can live on in pieces of art | Local News | madison.com

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Jeremiah Logemann rummages through a storage locker Friday to show off some of the parts from the St. Raphael steeple that he plans to turn into pieces of art. St. Raphael in Downtown Madison was destroyed by fire in 2005. Since its demolition in 2008, the steeple has been kept in a lot along East Washington Avenue, but Logemann assumed ownership of the spire in June when the Madison Diocese was looking for a way to dispose of the 18-ton structure.  STEVE APPS/STATESMAN JOURNAL

“I’ve been busy as hell since that day. It’s kind of miraculous,” Logemann said. “There are a lot of people in Madison that either just want art to make their place look cooler or they like the story of the steeple or a barn or they’re philanthropists. It doesn’t matter where their heart is at. We’ve got the material and I have the drive to make it. We can make great public art all over this city.”

Source: St. Raphael steeple getting the barn treatment so it can live on in pieces of art | Local News | madison.com

Amid forestry struggles, panel finds ‘surprising’ consensus on old-growth logging concerns in B.C. | The Narwhal

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“We’re seeing these forests disappear overnight. It’s happening so fast, and there’s very little old growth left in this part of B.C. It’s an environmental crisis that’s no less tragic than the loss of coral reefs and tropical rainforests.”

Source: Amid forestry struggles, panel finds ‘surprising’ consensus on old-growth logging concerns in B.C. | The Narwhal

Equihen Plage: Village Of Upside Down Boat Houses – Unusual Places

Back at the beginning of the 1900s, Equihen Plage was known, as one of the best spots for fishing. As many boats were left to be destroyed on the shore, local fishermen used them as roofs for their handmade shelters. At the time, the area was called Quartier des Quilles en l’Air: the neighborhood of keels in the air.

Source: Equihen Plage: Village Of Upside Down Boat Houses – Unusual Places

University may demolish historic homes to make way for new College of Pharmacy building | The Michigan Daily

One of the historical houses on E. Huron St. that could be demolished to make way for a new College of Pharmacy building.

One of the historical houses on E. Huron St. that could be demolished to make way for a new College of Pharmacy building. Natalie Stephens/Daily

“There haven’t been any proposals submitted to purchase, and if that remains to be the case, over the summer they would be demolished,” Broekhuizen said.

Source: University may demolish historic homes to make way for new College of Pharmacy building | The Michigan Daily

World’s consumption of materials hits record 100bn tonnes a year | Environment | The Guardian

Half of the 100.6bn tonnes of materials were sand, clay, gravel and cement for building, plus minerals quarried for fertiliser. Photograph: Zoonar GmbH/Alamy

The lion’s share of the materials – 40% – is turned into housing.

Source: World’s consumption of materials hits record 100bn tonnes a year | Environment | The Guardian

Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention