SustainableScoop- Jim Schulman, Alliance for Regional Cooperation – YouTube

Founder of Community Forklift & Executive Manager of the Alliance for Regional Cooperation, Jim Schulman discusses his work on the Building Materials Reuse Association. His work in cooperation with the DC Sierra Club and others are pushing building code changes to help rescue building materials from the waste stream.

National Preservation and Philanthropic Groups Partner for $25 Million Funding Initiative Aimed at Transforming the Nation’s Cultural Landscape to Fully Reflect the American Story

New African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Will Help to Preserve Overlooked Historic Places, Bring Preservation Funding to Underrepresented Communities and Uncover the Untold Stories of Communities of Color

In addition to helping support direct action needed to protect threatened sites of historic significance and addressing critical funding gaps for their preservation, the fund will also help to uncover hidden stories of African-Americans connected to historic sites across the nation,  empower youth through National Trust’s Hands On Preservation Experience program, support research on preservation’s impact on contemporary urban problems that disproportionately affect communities of color, and advocate for preservation funding for underrepresented communities.

Source: National Preservation and Philanthropic Groups Partner for $25 Million Funding Initiative Aimed at

Introduction: Joe Connell, Incoming Executive Director- BMRA News, November 2017

BMRA Interim Executive Director, Joe Connell

I am excited about leading the BMRA into its next stage because I believe that it is only together as an industry that we can address the issues facing us. Across the country there are countless building material reuse companies and organizations operating to save our resources. Yet way too often we operate alone, or in organizational silos. My vision is that we can all embrace the same goals, and support each other to the same ends.

Source: BMRA News, November 2017

Astoria nonprofit Big Reuse will close after 12 years due to rising rents – QNS.com

Big Reuse employees picking up construction materials slated to be thrown away.

“Salvage warehouses should be increasing, not decreasing with what we know about climate change and knowing that building materials make up the largest portion of our material waste,” she said.She said that the company is “really proud of the work we’re doing” and made great strides in terms of diverting waste from landfills and encouraging Queens residents to channel their “inner sustainable-ist.”

Source: Astoria nonprofit Big Reuse will close after 12 years due to rising rents – QNS.com

“Upcycling” Assets: Planning for Regenerative Growth – Urban Land Magazine

Barrie Barton of Right Angle Studios speaking at right at a ULI Australia event in Sydney.

“We’re all in this together. So, stop thinking about the people that are just in our direct industry and [think of] all of the brands and all of the incredibly smart, creative people that you can work with to get together with the same objectives. We’re not that different, really. And there are some really exciting opportunities with people outside of the property bubble—to misuse that phrase—not the least of which is our citizens.”

Source: “Upcycling” Assets: Planning for Regenerative Growth – Urban Land Magazine

As Construction Booms, Philadelphia Seeks to Preserve Its Past – The New York Times

The Divine Lorraine Hotel, a 19th-century North Philadelphia building that had fallen into disrepair, has been rehabilitated into apartments and retail and restaurant space. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times

In Philadelphia, losing the tax credit could have a devastating effect on efforts to defend the historic building stock, said Harris Steinberg, executive director of Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and chairman of the new preservation task force. “It very well could lead to more demolition of unprotected historic fabric,” he said.

Source: As Construction Booms, Philadelphia Seeks to Preserve Its Past – The New York Times

Baltimore May Sell Homes for $1 to Revive Neglected Neighborhoods – Black Enterprise

[Vacant buildings, 400 block of Park Avenue (west side), Baltimore, MD (Photo Credit: Flickr/Eli Pousson)]

The idea is modeled after the 1973 “Dollar House” program, which sold rundown, city-owned houses for $1 and helped revitalize ravaged neighborhoods in the city throughout the 1980s. The original program also granted buyers low-interest loans to rehabilitate the properties as long as they lived in the homes for a certain amount of time.

Source: Baltimore May Sell Homes for $1 to Revive Neglected Neighborhoods – Black Enterprise

Mushroom farm? Park? Oh, the possibilities for this Seattle tunnel

File photograph of the Battery Street Tunnel in Seattle during the viaduct’s semiannual inspection in 2009. Credit: Washington State Department of Transportation

A mini design competition, titled Recharge the Battery, brought a rich collection of ideas for reusing the tunnel presented in September at a neighborhood space called Block 41 in Belltown. …Over 40 display boards showed how the underground structure could be put to work. Some of them believe it could be a great place for a park, a thrill ride, or maybe a combination of the two.

Source: Mushroom farm? Park? Oh, the possibilities for this Seattle tunnel

Architecture professor explores ‘alternate endings’ for buildings, materials – News @ Northeastern

“This idea of exploring different models of practice is really a way of looking at whether we can, as designers, have more influence over policymaking or systemic ways of affecting change,” said Li. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

This semester, she’s teaching a graduate research studio course, “Alternate Endings,” in which students have been studying exactly that. They’re examining the demolition of buildings, searching for places to intervene and make better use of a material or design.

Source: Architecture professor explores ‘alternate endings’ for buildings, materials – News @ Northeastern

The hottest new condo trend is reusing old buildings | New York Post

A model interior at Six Cortlandt Alley — a five-unit condo developed by Ryan Kaplan that’s set within a former factory. Halstead Property Development Marketing

“We actually have several locations within the building where you can see the original fabric of the property,” says Ryan Kaplan, a partner at Imperial. “We wanted to remind people from the moment they step into the building and up until they get to their apartment that there is a history here that can’t be replicated in a new building.”

Source: The hottest new condo trend is reusing old buildings | New York Post

New city law requires deconstruction rather than demolition – OnMilwaukee

Demolition dumps materials into landfills, boosts carbon emissions and releases asbestos and other harmful matter into the air, says Ald. Bob Bauman.

The Common Council approved the new deconstruction ordinance – which was co-sponsored by Alds. Nik Kovac and Khalif Rainey – Tuesday, and the rule that goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, requires deconstruction rather than demolition of most one- to four-family buildings built before 1930 that are scheduled to be razed.

Source: New city law requires deconstruction rather than demolition – OnMilwaukee

Sustainable business park planned in shadow of Kent County landfill | MLive.com

Officials showed off the site just south of the landfill on Wednesday, Nov. 8, voicing their hope it will soon be transformed into a new “sustainable business park.” They hope the site could attract companies specializing in reclaiming or converting waste materials that would otherwise be dumped into the landfill, ideally expanding West Michigan’s footprint in green industry while simultaneously reducing the rate at which the area’s landfills grow.

Source: Sustainable business park planned in shadow of Kent County landfill | MLive.com

For $525K, Cabbagetown loft is old, vast, borderline gothic – Curbed Atlanta

Keller Williams Realty Cityside

A pioneering adaptive-reuse property, the 500-unit landmark building was originally a 19th Century cotton mill. Transformed into lofts in the 1990s, it withstood a wicked fire in 1999 and a tornado nine years ago.

Source: For $525K, Cabbagetown loft is old, vast, borderline gothic – Curbed Atlanta

Pamplin Media Group – Luscious carpentry

LUSH – All the furnishings inside the Lush stores — at least the ones that have been remodeled so far — are made in-house from sustainably reclaimed lumber. People test bath bombs in the porcelain sink.

“We were doing some of our bigger shops in the reclaimed wood,” Moreira said. “We did a full switchover in 2014, so everything now is made with the reclaimed lumber.”Since Pioneer Millworks is based in Oregon and in New York, they source wood from all over the U.S. from old grain silos, barns and corral boards for cattle.

Source: Pamplin Media Group – Luscious carpentry

Deconstruction Of Webber Building Downtown Almost Complete – Alabama News

“A long slow goodbye”…that’s how Lois Cortell, Senior Development Manager for the city, described the deconstruction of the Webber Building, also known as the Old Montgomery Theatre downtown.The deconstruction process has been ongoing for about a year now. Cortell says it’s not to be confused with demolition.”One of the conditions of the sale was to maximize the salvage of the materials and to do that really involved a slow deconstruction” she explained.

Source: Deconstruction Of Webber Building Downtown Almost Complete – Alabama News

Salvage City to host building material pop-up market Saturday | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines | nwitimes.com

Steel City Salvage

“People probably have never seen anything like this,” Pytel said. “The real reason to come out is some of the beauty inside Gary’s structures that they may have passed over. There are endless possibilities with all the items that have been reclaimed.” Anyone who’s interested in more information should visit www.delta-institute.org or call Pytel at 312-554-0900.

Source: Salvage City to host building material pop-up market Saturday | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines | nwitimes.com

Owen ‘investing in the future by repurposing the past’ | Herald Citizen

John Owen talks about his passion for architectural salvage in his new shop, Dry Levee Architectural Salvage.
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A lot of the items he’s salvaged have been leased for props in weddings. “That’s a trend that’s starting to really take off,” he said. Several school teachers also approached him asking about historic elements he has found. “It’s a hands-on tool for those kids,” he said. One of the first projects was the deconstruction of a log cabin that housed 10 children in the early 1900s. “It was a small cabin,” he said. “When we took it down, the grandson of one of those kids found me and asked what I did with it. He wanted us to rebuild it for him. So that’s what we did.”

Source: Owen ‘investing in the future by repurposing the past’ | Herald Citizen

Rusting 1950s cargo ship transformed into a stunning modern floating home | Inhabitat 

Unlike most ship and barge conversions, this transformation eliminated the linear system of spaces and offers several sight lines that run the entire length of the ship and across different floors.

Source: Rusting 1950s cargo ship transformed into a stunning modern floating home | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

What’s old is new again for former Studebaker factory | WSBT

The wood comes from building 84 of the Studebaker factory. It’s now being reclaimed in building 112, being turned into workbenches, keychains, and even pens. “When I look at it, I can see history. I can literally in a way feel how many feet, how many cars were built on this,” said Woodsmith Owner, Kevin Smith.

Source: What’s old is new again for former Studebaker factory | WSBT

A Dylan Thomas snug has been rebuilt in a London pub – close to where the poet romanced his mistress – Wales Online

The bar at the exhibition at Swansea Museum, with creator Rhys Stephens, Glenda Thomas and Jeff Towns.

Author and Dylan Thomas expert Jeff Towns, who wrote book A Pearl of Great Price detailing the year-long fling, said: “It is great to see this bar lives on. It was really well put together and was a huge success in the museum. “It is fantastic too that it has found a home in an area with a connection with Dylan; he and Pearl enjoyed a river cruise along this part of The Thames, so it is perfect piece of synchronicity.

Source: A Dylan Thomas snug has been rebuilt in a London pub – close to where the poet romanced his mistress – Wales Online

12 high-design wineries across the U.S. – Curbed

The Saffron Fields Vineyard in Oregon. Courtesy of Saffron Fields Vineyard

Designed by architect Richard Shugar of 2Form Architecture, this tasting room in Oregon was completed in 2013. Originally on the site of a dairy farm, the winery’s new building uses reclaimed materials from the old barn and sits on a hill with panoramic views. A small patio cantilevers over a pond that laps against the south side of the building, and guests can enjoy wine on the expansive patio. Sloping roof planes extend from the building and also allow rainwater runoff to be collected for irrigation and to fill up the adjacent pond.

Source: 12 high-design wineries across the U.S. – Curbed

The Tombstone House was built with 2200 discarded gravestones / Boing Boing

However, during the Great Depression, maintaining the cemetery and the headstones suffered because of scant funding. The city decided to cut the tombstones in half and lay the top halves, which were engraved with the soldiers’ details, on the ground so they no longer stood erect. These makeshift flat graves saved money on mowing and maintenance costs. The bottom halves of 2,200 slain tombstones were then sold for the princely sum of $45. Their new owner, Oswald Young, used them to build his house, chimney, and walkway…

Source: The Tombstone House was built with 2200 discarded gravestones / Boing Boing

Tiny Texas Houses from Salvaged Materials – Green Homes – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

These recycled buildings, offered for sale out of Luling, Texas (between San Antonio and Houston), are built of recycled materials, based on traditional designs. They have instant soul. This is a wonderful body of work by builder Brad Kittel.

Our buildings are 99 percent pure salvage. Everything — doors, floors, windows, lumber, porch posts, glass, door hardware, and even the siding — has been saved and re-used to create houses that we hope will last for a century or more.

Source: Tiny Texas Houses from Salvaged Materials – Green Homes – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Legacy Architectural Salvage hires assistant manager | WilmingtonBiz

Helms is passionate about promoting Legacy Architectural Salvage (LAS) as Wilmington’s source for reclaimed wood, doors, windows and other architectural salvage to use in the renovation and repair of older homes, according to a press release. She believes in the role of architectural salvage in environmental sustainability through the reuse and repurposing of historic salvage.

Source: Legacy Architectural Salvage hires assistant manager | WilmingtonBiz

DEQ Announces First Reuse and Repair Workforce Development Micro-Grant Recipients Totaling $48,596

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has selected recipients for five micro grant projects aimed at workforce development in the reuse and repair industries. Each grantee is receiving up to $10,000 that can be used to purchase equipment and train employees to support long-term business expansion.

Source: Oregon.gov: NewsDetail

Lawsuit says nonprofit Second Chance misled consumers – Baltimore Sun

“Second Chance and the appraisal company had a mountain of information about the IRS’ hostile view of the benefits that the defendants were promoting,” said Ugo Colella, a partner with Duane Morris, the law firm representing the plaintiffs. “The representations they were making were at best incomplete, and at worst, they were hiding this information to ensure the donors keep coming. Either way, the defendants withheld critical information from Maryland consumers.”

Source: Lawsuit says nonprofit Second Chance misled consumers – Baltimore Sun

Pamplin Media Group – NE Portland demolition dust-up highlights fears over lead paint

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND CHRONICLE – Builder Peter Kusyk began demolition of a Northeast Portland church in April. Kusyk’s Firenze Development has faced off with neighbors of a Northeast Porltand bungalow because of concerns about lead in the demolition dust.

The problem was, as neighbors were to learn, the letter referred to lead levels in water running off a landfill. It had nothing to do with lead dust flying from a demolition.

Source: Pamplin Media Group – NE Portland demolition dust-up highlights fears over lead paint

A peek inside: Renovation work beginning soon on five 19th-century homes – Insider Louisville

1207 E. Broadway is one of five homes being renovated and sold as affordable houses. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

All five homes were constructed sometime in the 1890s and are being preserved. Meanwhile, a 260-unit, multimillion-dollar apartment building is under construction in the same block. “We are seeing an entire neighborhood recreated,” said Christy Lee Brown, a local philanthropist who has helped promote historic renovation in Louisville by funding half of a historic preservation revolving loan fund.

Source: A peek inside: Renovation work beginning soon on five 19th-century homes – Insider Louisville

Urban Mining Briefing Reveals Huge Global Potential – Lexology

The briefing emphasizes that urban mining is more than just enhanced municipal waste management, but that it has the potential to put the entire stock of long-lived goods — including consumer products, buildings, and landfills — into service, and can provide long-term strategies for sophisticated material flow management.

Source: Urban Mining Briefing Reveals Huge Global Potential – Lexology

Duane Morris LLP Announces: Consumers File Class Action Against Baltimore Nonprofit Second Chance, Inc. and Virginia-Based Appraisal Company NoVaStar Appraisals, Inc. | Business Wire

The problem, the lawsuit contends, is that Second Chance and NoVaStar have known for many years that (1) the IRS audited consumers and did not allow tax refunds or deductions for house donations made to Second Chance, and (2) that NoVaStar’s appraisals were IRS non-compliant. According to the complaint, despite this knowledge, Second Chance and NoVaStar concealed that information from Maryland consumers, including Gogtay and Dixit.

Source: Duane Morris LLP Announces: Consumers File Class Action Against Baltimore Nonprofit Second Chance, Inc. and Virginia-Based Appraisal Company NoVaStar Appraisals, Inc. | Business Wire

Mike Hendry saves old pianos from being disposed and destroyed by turning them into furniture, ornaments and jewellery | Leader

A dining table made from an old piano.

“Weighing in at between 250-500kg, they have become a significant contributor to landfill, so we have proposed reinventing and repurposing them into modern and classical furniture pieces,” he said.Mr Hendry said he believed Pianos Recycled had stopped almost 20 tonnes worth of pianos going to landfill in the past year.

Source: Mike Hendry saves old pianos from being disposed and destroyed by turning them into furniture, ornaments and jewellery | Leader

Cities Need To Transition To Circular Economies: Google Wants To Help – The future of business

Another tool, called Portico, tracks the health of materials used in buildings. Google has used it internally in about 200 of its own buildings. “If you envision this world in which you’re endlessly cycling materials back into the system, it’s really critical that you know what’s in them, and that you know there’s nothing harmful,” says Brandt. Digital tools can also be used to create online marketplaces for reused building materials.

Source: Cities Need To Transition To Circular Economies: Google Wants To Help – The future of business

Can Bauman and Kovac Create Jobs? » Urban Milwaukee

City owned home at 2817-19 North 22nd Street. Photo from the City of Milwaukee.

The ordinance will kick in whenever the city is set to demolish a structure or a private contractor seeks a permit to demolish. And there are exceptions to the mandate to deconstruct if there are safety considerations or the salvageable materials have been damaged by something like a fire. While Bauman and Kovac are both historic preservation hawks in Milwaukee, because demolition and deconstruction jobs employ individuals from underserved communities in the city Bauman said “I do see this primarily as a job creation tool.”

Source: Can Bauman and Kovac Create Jobs? » Urban Milwaukee

Decon and Reuse Expo ’17: Portland’s landmark deconstruction ordinance takes center stage | KATU

“If we can save that amount of space in the landfills, that means that we’re not generating emissions from the decaying of those materials,” said expo organizer and re-use consultant, Sara Badiali. “The environmental impact is astounding.”

Source: Decon and Reuse Expo ’17: Portland’s landmark deconstruction ordinance takes center stage | KATU

Nothing In Nature Is Wasted: Reclaimed Wood | WXPR

Two national examples of this trend toward reclaimed wood are the Building Materials Reuse Association, which is a nonprofit educational organization with a mission to facilitate the salvage and reuse of building materials, and more locally, the Habitat for Humanity ReStores, which are retail outlets where used and surplus building materials are sold. Approximately 30% of sales are wood-based materials. Nationally, more than 55 million tons of wood waste is generated on an annual basis. About half of this material is of acceptable size, quality, and condition to be considered available for recovery. Clearly, the amount of waste wood available for recovery in the U.S. is a substantial figure.

Source: Nothing In Nature Is Wasted: Reclaimed Wood | WXPR

Arkansas architecture students make plans to redesign historic stagecoach stop

PHOTO BY DAVID GOTTSCHALK
Lauren Lambert and Katie Murphy, graduate students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, review architectural documents Friday in front of the horse barn at Fitzgerald Station in Springdale. Students from the university will come up with plans for the site, which once was a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Overland Express mail route.

McClure, a native of Pryor, Okla., is an architecture professor and associate dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He said the Fitzgerald Station fits perfectly with the design studio’s goals for adaptive reuse of historic properties.Smith said the students will come back to Arkansas to present their designs to stakeholders in December.Just having the designs could be helpful for getting grants, McClure said.

Source: Arkansas architecture students make plans to redesign historic stagecoach stop

Daily Inter Lake , Landmark building to be repurposed

A worker dismantles the roof of the Kalispell Lumber building on Thursday. (Aaric Bryan/Daily Inter Lake)

The 22,000-square-foot structure built in 1939 will be dismantled over the next 12 weeks and reassembled at another location in Kalispell. The Kalispell Lumber Co. is an historic local business, opening a mill on Fourth Avenue East north of the railroad tracks in 1904. The mill and lumber company later moved to its west-side location, and employed between 50 and 60 workers until the manufacturing facility closed in 1963. In 1979, Brad Wright purchased the facility and continued to operate the retail building-materials business for more than 30 years. Once he closed the doors to Wright’s Kalispell Lumber, Wright sought out opportunities for preserving the historic structure.

Source: Daily Inter Lake , Landmark building to be repurposed

Out of the woods | National Post

This table used to be part of a barn. HD Threshing

Lots of companies do reclaimed, she notes. “Some are putting barn board on walls, or buying items made from shipping palettes. It’s great that this stuff is not going to landfill. Reclaimed is gaining momentum, especially with younger people.”Yet some claims about reclaimed are not all they’re cracked up to be, so buyers need to know what they’re looking for. In fact some pieces are not reclaimed wood at all, but only mass-produced wood made to look the part.

Source: Out of the woods | National Post

Meet the barrier-breaking woman behind a massive house of salvaged treasures – The Washington Post

Nancy Meyer finds boxes of expensive Italian tile on a shelf at Community Forklift. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Meyer’s part-time job eventually became a full-time mission to get the nonprofit off the ground. She negotiated with the landlord for a lower rent, cleaned up the store, created guidelines to standardize prices and designed internal structures that would make operations more efficient. Because Community Forklift couldn’t afford advertising, she launched a grass-roots marketing campaign to educate the community about environmental issues and promote the nonprofit. Community Forklift still hosts educational programs, including monthly arts festivals and DIY reuse workshops.

Source: Meet the barrier-breaking woman behind a massive house of salvaged treasures – The Washington Post

Company offers lesson in architectural salvage

The eight to 10 participants then we will go to a “cracker shack” and pull it apart, with hands-on training and oversight “because most of salvage is understanding the ‘feel’ of the wood and how to remove items based on pressure points, leverage, and listening to the cues that the wood gives you.”This $100 per person course — $75 for a second person from the same family or organization — will be fun but hard work. There are risks involved with deconstruction and anyone entering the jobsite must acknowledge and sign a waiver, the company said.

Source: Company offers lesson in architectural salvage

Oregon Coast-Inspired Home by Aspect Design Build – Midwest Home Magazine

The living room features a two-sided fireplace, reclaimed and painted mantel, and ceiling medallion.

A deliberate walkabout in the home reveals additional architectural salvage that is artfully repurposed. The stair railing in the front foyer, for example, is bookended by reclaimed iron posts. “We could only get three, so we cut the additional wood posts in the same shape,” says Winkler. The fireplace mantel in the great room, also reclaimed and then painted to match the built-in cabinetry and millwork, still shows off its dentil molding and fluted columns with the kind of wood joinery used at the turn of the century.

Source: Oregon Coast-Inspired Home by Aspect Design Build – Midwest Home Magazine

Community Forklift wins small business award from eBay, thanks to its mission and its fans | Hyattsville Life & Times

Community Forklift and its CEO Nancy J. Meyer won a SHINE Award from eBay in the Charitable Business category. Photo courtesy of Community Forklift

Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for building materials, architectural salvage and antiques. The name refers to the organization’s mission “to lift up communities” in the DC area by turning the region’s construction waste stream into a resource stream. “These prizes will help us reach a larger online audience, which means we can do more good here in the DC region!” Meyer wrote on a blog post. “We can keep more materials out of landfills, provide more free materials to neighbors in need, and offer more green jobs to local residents.”

Source: Community Forklift wins small business award from eBay, thanks to its mission and its fans | Hyattsville Life & Times

From Seaport shipwreck to fancy furniture: Charlestown woodworker repurposes scraps – The Boston Globe

J. DICKEY Conference table made from the boards of Seaport shipwreck.

On Aug. 11, Dickey will display furniture he made using wood from the historic ship during an event at District Hall, a Seaport venue on Northern Avenue not far from where the vessel’s remains were uncovered. He’ll also share with the public pieces of the ship that weren’t transformed into furniture, offering history buffs and boat enthusiasts a chance to get up close and inspect the leftovers. “All the pieces of the ship will be represented,” he said. “Any person with knowledge in ship-building and sailing will get to see how they originally put this ship together.”

Source: From Seaport shipwreck to fancy furniture: Charlestown woodworker repurposes scraps – The Boston Globe

Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention