Hereford distillery opens tap room in former toilet block – BBC News

Paul Kenyon in his distillery

Paul Kenyon started distilling gin during lockdown

He admitted that the toilets in St Martin’s Avenue had once been “terrible”, but it was also ideal for his distilling needs because it had drainage, electricity and water. After removing the cubicles, he had it redecorated with reclaimed materials, including tin from a friend’s farm and reused coffee sacks.

Source: Hereford distillery opens tap room in former toilet block – BBC News

Sustainable Construction: How to Refurbish, Upcycle and Green Old Buildings – Bloomberg

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Tri-Lox reclaims timber from water towers that are being retired. Photographer: Arion Doerr/Tri-Lox

Extending the life of existing structures, making them more efficient and reusing materials when properties are torn down offers one of the clearest paths for decarbonizing a sector that single-handedly threatens efforts to keep global warming within the 2C limit set in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Source: Sustainable Construction: How to Refurbish, Upcycle and Green Old Buildings – Bloomberg

Save a building, fight climate change | CBC News

The Sir John Carling building implodes as it is demolished in Ottawa in 2014. The former government building was completed in 1967 and demolished at a cost of $4.8 million, but the bigger cost might have been the wasted energy invested in the building’s construction. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Demolishing an existing building, throwing it away in a landfill, is a staggering act of conspicuous consumption. And yet this destructive, extractive approach to Canada’s built heritage has been normalized over generations.

Source: Save a building, fight climate change | CBC News

Winners of Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2022 revealed | Scottish Construction Now

Winners of Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2022 revealed

The ‘Pre-Landfill’ by Karlis Kukainis from Mackintosh School of Architecture

The Judges thought that this “playful project exhibits the art in architecture and shows that there can be fun beyond science”. It does this by testing the limits of reuse practices of reclaimed materials from demolished buildings which will be key to how we tackle the Climate Emergency.

Source: Winners of Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2022 revealed | Scottish Construction Now

How to Recycle a 14-Story Office Tower – The New York Times

Michel Baars, the founder of New Horizon, considers himself an urban miner, someone who finds a market for discarded infrastructure.

Michel Baars, the founder of New Horizon, considers himself an urban miner, someone who finds a market for discarded infrastructure.Credit…Max Pinckers for The New York Times

Michel Baars thought he could do better than turn it into material for a road. Mr. Baars considers himself an urban miner, someone who extracts raw materials from discarded infrastructure and finds a market for them.

Source: How to Recycle a 14-Story Office Tower – The New York Times

Leveraging gender for smarter infrastructure investment | Greenbiz

Woman inspecting construction project

A female engineer inspects construction site. Image via Shutterstock/Phont

The smartest infrastructure is a group effort, bringing together the collective knowledge and expertise of everyone involved: from developers, to development finance institutions, to private investors, project managers, suppliers, policymakers and impacted communities. This also means that if we want to build infrastructure that is both gender-smart and climate-smart, we need education, coordination and synchronization to make sure that everyone involved is fully on board with the benefits.

Source: Leveraging gender for smarter infrastructure investment | Greenbiz

City of San Antonio adopts new housing deconstruction policy | Community Impact

The city of San Antonio will implement a deconstruction ordinance aimed at reducing total demolitions of older, small housing and increasing deconstruction and repurposing certain building materials. (Courtesy city of San Antonio)

The city of San Antonio will implement a deconstruction ordinance aimed at reducing total demolitions of older, small housing and increasing deconstruction and repurposing certain building materials. (Courtesy city of San Antonio)

That focus will expand in January 2023 to single-family and multifamily housing built no later than Dec. 31, 1945. A third and final phase of ordinance implementation, beginning Jan. 1, 2025, will affect housing built no later than Dec. 31, 1960.

Source: City of San Antonio adopts new housing deconstruction policy | Community Impact

“Brick toaster” aims to cut global CO2 emissions by 15% in 15 years

Rondo's "brick toaster" heat storage system is 98% efficient, and stores cheap renewable energy for industrial use at 20% the cost of an electrochemical battery

Rondo’s “brick toaster” heat storage system is 98% efficient, and stores cheap renewable energy for industrial use at 20% the cost of an electrochemical battery. Rondo Energy

These stoves are full of plain ol’ bricks, made out of plain ol’ clay, sometimes with a bit of sand in there, but certainly nothing special in terms of materials. Nothing toxic, nothing that decays over time. These bricks will still be storing heat just as well in 40 or 50 years’ time, when chemical batteries have gone through several generations of complex recycling.

Source: “Brick toaster” aims to cut global CO2 emissions by 15% in 15 years

Cornell study compares demolition vs. deconstruction – Construction & Demolition Recycling

excavator removing roofing

Earlier this year, crews removed roofing, flooring and walls in a project that’s part of a Cornell University study comparing deconstruction and demolition. @ FitchyImages | stock.adobe.com

However, Felix Heisel, director of the Circular Construction Lab at Cornell, Ithaca, New York, told WSKG deconstruction can be cheaper than demolition when accounting for landfill diversion, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and fewer natural resources extracted since more materials are reused in deconstruction than in demolition.

Source: Cornell study compares demolition vs. deconstruction – Construction & Demolition Recycling

YangNar Studio Converted a Pigsty into a Beautiful Tropical Home in Thailand

Reclaimed wooden walkways and shared outdoor spaces make up a lot of the reclaimed Kha-Nam Noi House.

Reclaimed wooden walkways and shared outdoor spaces make up a lot of the reclaimed Kha-Nam Noi House.

Thai architecture firm YangNar Studio recently completed “Kha-Nam Noi house” in the central province of Sing-Buri, Thailand, using an existing elongated pigsty as a shell for a series of comfortable living spaces made almost entirely with reclaimed materials.

Source: YangNar Studio Converted a Pigsty into a Beautiful Tropical Home in Thailand

Philadelphia to launch ‘Reforestation Hub’ to sell fallen trees as lumber – On top of Philly news

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Baltimore has been successfully running a similar program since 2016, and Philly officials have visited. In addition to milling old trees, Baltimore’s program also salvages wood waste from building deconstruction.

Source: Philadelphia to launch ‘Reforestation Hub’ to sell fallen trees as lumber – On top of Philly news

Wind turbine blades could be recycled into gummy bears, scientists say | Wind power | The Guardian

Two gummy bears made from the composite resin that could be used to make wind turbine blades

Two gummy bears made from the composite resin that could be used to make wind turbine blades. Photograph: Reuters/John Dorgan

Once the blades have reached the end of their lifespan the materials can be broken down and recycled to make new products including turbine blades – and chewy sweets.

Source: Wind turbine blades could be recycled into gummy bears, scientists say | Wind power | The Guardian

Sustainable department store opens in Mayfair – TheIndustry.fashion

The Good Store “radically rethinks the department store”, with an emphasis on reuse and refurbishment. A range of plastic-free and sustainably sourced products are on offer, with the space also set to host informative educational events and services to guide consumers through eco-conscious choices.

Source: Sustainable department store opens in Mayfair – TheIndustry.fashion

Waste firehoses turned into outdoor furniture for Maggie’s Southampton

Woven red lounge chair with terrazzo sidetable by Local Works Studio

Integrated sidetables were added to the lounge chairs

“People who sit in the chairs and touch the surfaces can ‘read’ the story of the furniture and understand where the materials came from. This connection to place and the playful character of the furniture is a powerful antidote to the usual impersonal, sterile environment of a hospital.”

Source: Waste firehoses turned into outdoor furniture for Maggie’s Southampton

Sustainable market coming to Hawke’s Bay – NZ Herald

Re-New NZ Sustainable market organiser Julie Cronin restoring a desk in her workshop garage in Havelock North. Photo / Warren Buckland

Re-New NZ Sustainable market organiser Julie Cronin restoring a desk in her workshop garage in Havelock North. Photo / Warren Buckland

Cronin had decided she needed to do something to shape her own and her family’s future, so she started the Havelock North business to take everyday goods that would usually end up in landfill and give them a new lease of life.

Source: Sustainable market coming to Hawke’s Bay – NZ Herald

84 new manufacturing jobs are coming to Dale County

Encore International

The largest converter of reclaimed rubber in North America is coming to Alabama. (Encore International)

Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this company uses reclaimed materials to make flooring and surface products. Ecore International is the largest converter of reclaimed rubber in the continent, mostly using recycled truck tires.

Source: 84 new manufacturing jobs are coming to Dale County

Bespoke Torquay home revolves around recycled materials | news.com.au 

Mel and Jez Wright are selling the custom home they created at 29 Highlander St, Torquay.

Mel and Jez Wright are selling the custom home they created at 29 Highlander St, Torquay.

“I ended up ferrying 100 or so bricks in the back of a van and we’ve incorporated them into the walls of what we funnily call the rave cave,” she said.“It’s a space that we’ve created off the living area to house our music collection. And it’s got some thick sliding barn doors that Jez constructed from the wood that he’s collected over the years.

Source: Bespoke Torquay home revolves around recycled materials | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

Major construction firms team up to get the carbon out… | Canary Media

(Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

Production of cement, the raw material in concrete, accounts for between 7 and 8 percent of global carbon emissions today, due both to the fossil fuels used in its high-heat production and the chemical composition of the raw materials and processes that make it.

Source: Major construction firms team up to get the carbon out… | Canary Media

How to Salvage Building Materials: 5 Tips

Building materials at a scrap yard

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Reusing old wood, windows, metal, brick, and even concrete seems like a no-brainer (even some animals recycle used materials!), but it sadly doesn’t happen as often as it should. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, between 230 million and 530 million tons of construction and demolition waste are produced yearly in the United States.

Source: How to Salvage Building Materials: 5 Tips

Vanport, Oregon – Historic (and racist) 1948 Deconstruction Advertisment 

This 1948 advertisement for deconstructing buildings for the materials, was found by a redditor at Multnomah Library in Portland, Oregon.

In less than a day, the nation’s largest housing project—and Oregon’s second largest city—was destroyed. 18,500 residents were displaced, and roughly 6,300 were black.

 

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End-of-life plan urged for wind turbines – Australian Associated Press

Silverton Wind Farm turbines seen through cemetery tombstones

Australia has to come up with an end-of-life plan for used wind turbines, says a leading academic. Image by Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS

“It is not realistic to expect a market-based recycling solution to emerge, so policymakers need to step in now and plan what we’re going to do with all these blades that will come offline in the next few years.”

Source: End-of-life plan urged for wind turbines – Australian Associated Press

Deconstructionist Opening – Lovett Deconstruction, Portland, Oregon

The Lovett Deconstructionist is the heart of the company. This role requires a self-starter, someone who is a hard-working, thoughtful, attentive, service-oriented person who can do everything from the rough, dirty work of demolition to the careful, surgical removal of material such as cabinetry, windows, and salvageable hardwood floors. The deconstructionist uses expert skill and collaboration with team members to protect, salvage, and disassemble all range of structures. Our deconstructionists are team players; they are friendly, safe, and conscientious, creating a work environment that is positive and productive. They work in all kinds of conditions, in all kinds of weather, and perform a brilliant level  of service regularly surprising clients.  At all times, they carry themselves with dignity and professionalism because they are the best at what they do.

Source: https://www.lovettdeconstruction.com/deconstructionist

‘Trash Has Value’: Black Woman Engineer Turns Plastic Into Bricks That Are Reportedly Stronger Than Concrete

Nzambi Matee, a 30-year-old who quit her job in oil and gas to work on her passion full-time, has created a lightweight and low-cost building material that is made of recycled plastic with sand to make bricks that are stronger than concrete material.

 

Source: ‘Trash Has Value’: Black Woman Engineer Turns Plastic Into Bricks That Are Reportedly Stronger Than Concrete

Investors force Home Depot to review wood-sourcing policy over logging concerns

Transport trucks and loggers gather around fallen trees in the Chocó. (Photo courtesy of Brian Rodgers)

Some of Home Depot’s plywood is allegedly sourced from vulnerable forests in Ecuador’s Chocó region and the Brazilian Cerrado, and conservationists and investors have pressured the home improvement giant to clean up its supply chain.

Source: Investors force Home Depot to review wood-sourcing policy over logging concerns

Big tourism boost for Mandurah as it welcomes Australian-first sculpture trail | Kalgoorlie Miner

Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants - little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants – little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Credit: Lars W. Jensen

Based in Denmark, Dambo is the world’s most prominent ‘recycle artist,’ best known for giant troll sculptures all made from reclaimed materials.

Source: Big tourism boost for Mandurah as it welcomes Australian-first sculpture trail | Kalgoorlie Miner

My Forest Cabin Is Built on Stilts With Recycled Materials

Alter cabin from Shoe Lake

Lloyd Alter’s cabin in Shoe Lake, Ontario, Canada. Lloyd Alter

The doors were grabbed from an office renovation, probably installed in the ’80s and replaced in the ’90s. The dining room table is cut out of a bowling alley, on a base my dad made; it was in his cottage for years. My dad also made the sideboard—it’s made from the floors of shipping containers.

Source: My Forest Cabin Is Built on Stilts With Recycled Materials

Maybe awards should celebrate co-operation rather than competition

Not to mention: What steps were taken to source reclaimed materials? How was the water footprint of the materials reduced? What was done to ensure that the extraction and processing of the materials caused no ill health in communities local to their manufacture? How was renewable energy generation capacity increased either on or off site? How did the project reduce the energy consumption of the building’s users? How did the project reverse ecological harms?

Source: Maybe awards should celebrate co-operation rather than competition

Record number of dams removed from Europe’s rivers in 2021 | Rivers | The Guardian

A structure is removed on the Hučava River in Slovakia, June 2021.

Dam busters: a structure is removed on the Hučava River in Slovakia, June 2021. Photograph: Rob Kleinjans

“An increasing number of governments, NGOs, companies and communities are understanding the importance of halting and reversing nature loss, and buying into the fact that dam removal is a river-restoration tool that boosts biodiversity and enhances climate resilience. We’re also seeing lessons being learned from previous dam removals, new countries kickstarting removals, and new funds, including crowdfunding.”

Source: Record number of dams removed from Europe’s rivers in 2021 | Rivers | The Guardian

Glenmore landfill in Kelowna going greener with new initiatives – Lake Country Calendar

File photo/Black Press Media

File photo/Black Press Media

Initiatives include talks with the University of British Columbia Okanagan on research programs, and a building deconstruction pilot program. A city-owned property on KLO Road was deconstructed a few weeks ago in partnership with Unbuilders and Habitat for Humanity.

Source: Glenmore landfill in Kelowna going greener with new initiatives – Lake Country Calendar

A Suburban Virginia Spec House That’s a Mix of Ultra-Modern Features and Reclaimed Wood From the Property

The rear of the home has multi-level patios and sitting areas and a heated pool and spa. Eddie Avenue Photography

This unusual new spec house in the Virginia suburbs offers an old-fashioned mix of hardwood flooring milled from trees on the property and reclaimed materials from the former house on the site that’s been paired with ultra-modern features.

Source: A Suburban Virginia Spec House That’s a Mix of Ultra-Modern Features and Reclaimed Wood From the Property

Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention