Ultimate Cozy Cabins: Rustic Retreats Made from Converted Antique Train Cars

Built for transporting cargo, the train cars date from the early th century and have been fully refurbished for year-round living: each has a sitting room, full kitchen, bedroom, and bath.

Above: Built for transporting cargo, the train cars date from the early 20th century and have been fully refurbished for year-round living: each has a sitting room, full kitchen, bedroom, and bath.

Join us for a tour of our favorite attraction, the two antique railway carriages that they converted into storybook guest quarters, each overlooking a lake.

Source: Ultimate Cozy Cabins: Rustic Retreats Made from Converted Antique Train Cars

Salvage beauty: Builder delights in designing with discards – Mount Desert Islander

Keith Raymond designs and builds houses using reclaimed materials. ISLANDER PHOTOS BY SARAH HINCKLEY

Different types of wood aren’t the only thing Raymond seeks to salvage from assorted online sites. He also finds windows, appliances, tiles and fixtures. Recently, Raymond had a lead on a slate sink that slipped through his fingers.

Source: Salvage beauty: Builder delights in designing with discards – Mount Desert Islander

Onetime Fred Rogers weekend retreat will be part of ‘forest with homes’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A view of the four-bedroom home that once was home to the Hardie family in Fox Chapel. It was built around the original cottage that Fred Rogers once used as a weekend retreat.

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“It’s a project started by Jay Troutman to make sure we reuse and repurpose as much of the materials and plants as we can,” he said. “It started with the plants,” said Mr. Troutman, vice president of Fox Chapel Borough Council.

Source: Onetime Fred Rogers weekend retreat will be part of ‘forest with homes’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Redeveloping, Repositioning Existing Assets for a New Generation – Colorado Real Estate Journal

The Vault Office tenants enjoy ground-floor retail amenities.

The Brookings Institute forecasts that 82 billion square feet of existing space in the United States will be demolished and replaced between 2005 and 2030 – roughly one-quarter of today’s existing building stock. Further, as noted by the American Institute of Architects in its recent statement on climate action, in the U.S. alone nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to carbon produced by buildings during construction and everyday operations. Embodied carbon from construction represents a

Source: Redeveloping, Repositioning Existing Assets for a New Generation – Colorado Real Estate Journal

“Green” recyclable rubber gives new life to single-use building materials

Researchers have developed a new type of rubber polymer that can be combined with various waste materials and repeatedly recycled

Researchers have developed a new type of rubber polymer that can be combined with various waste materials and repeatedly recycledfranckito/Depositphotos

This allows the material to be shaped into tubing, coatings, bumpers, insulation, and many other things you’d normally find made of rubber. But the important thing is that this isn’t the end of the story. Once these products have worn out or are no longer needed, they aren’t just thrown away – the rubber can be ground up into powder, placed back into a mold, and recycled into something new.

Source: “Green” recyclable rubber gives new life to single-use building materials

Architectural Salvage: Hot Real Estate Trend

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“Salvaged from old buildings or junkyards, these items ensure a home’s uniqueness,” says George DeMarco, real estate agent with Halstead Manhattan, “and can boost resale value if done well. Walking into new construction and seeing a blast from the architectural past often can make just enough difference in the buyer’s mind to help make the sale.”

Source: Architectural Salvage: Hot Real Estate Trend

Bits of Upper Canard history will be built into tiny homes | Regional-Business | Business | The Journal Pioneer

Jocelyn Aucoin of the Canning-based 1850 House specializes in dismantling historic structures by hand and salvaging material that can be reused. - Ashley Thompson

Jocelyn Aucoin of the Canning-based 1850 House specializes in dismantling historic structures by hand and salvaging material that can be reused. – Ashley Thompson

Aucoin sees the growing popularity of tiny homes as an opportunity to find another use for the reclaimed material 1850 House is able to salvage by carefully dismantling heritage homes in a manner the significantly reduces the amount of waste bound for a landfill.

Source: VIDEO: Bits of Upper Canard history will be built into tiny homes | Regional-Business | Business | The Journal Pioneer

Demolition of Building Underway Despite Neighborhood Opposition – ColumbusUnderground.com

Demolition of Building Underway Despite Neighborhood Opposition

The building on May 7, when demolition had begun on the rear addition. Photos by Brent Warren.

“We believe value should be placed on the fact that it is the last of the original grand homes and apartments that originally stood on 18th St.,” the letter reads. “We’ve supported efforts to demolish buildings for the child care center expansion but do not believe a surface parking lot is reasonable justification to entirely erase our history.”

Source: Demolition of Building Underway Despite Neighborhood Opposition – ColumbusUnderground.com

Barn house for sale in Nebraska has horse stalls for bedrooms – Curbed

An open-concept kitchen with bar stools, shiplap, and gray counters.

The farmhouse-inspired kitchen employs tractor seats repurposed as bar stools, floating cabinets, and exposed brick.

Upstairs, the architectural salvage continues in the open-concept living areas, with repurposed light fixtures, a tin accent wall, and galvanized buckets for sinks. The farmhouse-inspired kitchen boasts tractor seats as bar stools.

Source: Barn house for sale in Nebraska has horse stalls for bedrooms – Curbed

Vena Cava – Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico – Gastro Obscura

Vena Cava. Cheers_to_Travels

That Gregory lived a past life as a sailor is evident in the nautical theme running through Vena Cava’s design, which playfully juxtaposes with the winery’s desert setting. That he has a soft spot for sustainability is evident in much of it being made from reclaimed materials.

Source: Vena Cava – Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico – Gastro Obscura

John Folan, Professor and Head of Architecture, Accorded National and Pennsylvania Honors | University of Arkansas

Image courtesy of John Folan
Millvale Moose is an adaptive reuse project that won an AIA Pennsylvania Honor Award and a Design Pittsburgh Certificate of Merit.

The Millvale Moose project is an adaptive reuse of an abandoned Moose Lodge in Millvale, Pennsylvania, that transformed an underutilized structure into a public venue housing a commercial kitchen and a communal social space. The project used reconstituted marble slabs and lumber from buildings that were taken down.

Source: John Folan, Professor and Head of Architecture, Accorded National and Pennsylvania Honors | University of Arkansas

Amsterdam is now using the “doughnut” model of economics

Image: courtesy Doughnut Economics Action Lab

According to the model, no one should fall into the hole in the center of the doughnut, which would mean they don’t have enough to afford basic needs. The outer ring of the doughnut represents the ecological limits of the planet, from biodiversity loss and air pollution to climate breakdown.

Source: Amsterdam is now using the “doughnut” model of economics

City must reuse old bricks to build Butler Street head house: EPA • Brooklyn Paper

The city needs to use original brick to reconstruct the corner of 234 Butler St. Photo by Meg Capone

Federal and state officials have upheld an agreement with the city to reuse tens of thousands of original bricks to restore the facade of the historic Gowanus Station site when construction crews tear down the building for a new water-filtration facility, according to an April 21 letter.

Source: City must reuse old bricks to build Butler Street head house: EPA • Brooklyn Paper

The big idea behind the ‘tiny house’ movement | Financial Times

Tom Lear at his tiny house © Izzy de Wattripont

Tom Lear’s tiny house, near Bristol, is made entirely from reclaimed wood and cost £6,000 to build © Izzy de Wattripont

“I wanted a log-cabin vibe,” he says. Sustainability plays a big part in Lear’s project: nearly every surface, both external and internal, is made from reclaimed wood.

Source: The big idea behind the ‘tiny house’ movement | Financial Times

Construction Causes Major Pollution. Here’s How We Can Build Better. | HuffPost

Concrete mixing machines line up at the construction site for high-rise buildings on April 10 in Kolkata, India.

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Concrete mixing machines line up at the construction site for high-rise buildings on April 10 in Kolkata, India.

The construction industry — from the mining and smelting of raw materials to dealing with the waste from demolished structures — has a huge environmental footprint that is often overlooked. It produces 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a staggeringly high number, four times the emissions of the whole aviation sector.

Source: Construction Causes Major Pollution. Here’s How We Can Build Better. | HuffPost

The importance of materials recovery coordination in construction & demolition – Waste Today

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Frankly, the design industry just isn’t thinking about what will happen at the end of material life. And if the design industry isn’t thinking about it, and isn’t asking manufacturers to create products that cater to these needs, the result is a vast disconnect between how and what we are putting into our buildings and the ability to reuse or recycle these items at the end of their initial lives.

Source: The importance of materials recovery coordination in construction & demolition – Waste Today

Wheelbarrow Bass Drives A Sound Garden | Hackaday

[Vicious Squid] dug in to the fertile soil of the garden implement world and cultivated a three-string upright bass with a rich, soulful sound from a familiar workhorse — an aluminium wheelbarrow.

Much of the build is made from reclaimed wood, like the solid mahogany neck from an old door frame, and a broom handle.

Source: Wheelbarrow Bass Drives A Sound Garden | Hackaday

Once demolition permit is sought, it may be too late to stop wrecking ball – The Buffalo News

A demolition crew tore down 184 W. Utica St. on Feb. 27. The green light by the city came two days after the Buffalo Preservation Board voted unanimously to landmark the 1907 building designed by Albert Schallmo, an architect who worked on the acclaimed Blessed Trinity Church on the East Side. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

A demolition crew tore down 184 W. Utica St. on Feb. 27. The green light by the city came two days after the Buffalo Preservation Board voted unanimously to landmark the 1907 building designed by Albert Schallmo, an architect who worked on the acclaimed Blessed Trinity Church on the East Side. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

“The irony here is while the demolition was happening on West Utica, on the front page of the Buffalo paper that day was a quote from director Guillermo Del Toro saying that the whole reason he selected Buffalo to film ‘Nightmare Alley’ was because of the quality of the architecture in our city,” Howard said.

Source: Once demolition permit is sought, it may be too late to stop wrecking ball – The Buffalo News

Re:Purpose Savannah Receives $20,000 Gulfstream Giving Grant |  savannahbusinessjournal.com

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“The results of deconstruction are less dumping in landfills, prevention of demolition by neglect, and healthier and safer neighborhoods. In the long term, we envision a citywide ordinance to deconstruct historic structures instead of demolishing them. This will significantly improve the environmental impact of the City of Savannah.” said Mae Bowley, Executive Director of Re:Purpose

Source: April 9 – Re:Purpose Savannah Receives $20,000 Gulfstream Giving Grant | Non-Profit Organizations | savannahbusinessjournal.com

Innovation and tech are transforming the buildings we learn in

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An illustration of how the new school could look once finished.
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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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Courtesy Mikael Lundblad

“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

Bob Verrier

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

Image: author provided.

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

Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention