WASHINGTON—Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced the Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act (H.R. 3237) today, which will support communities striving towards zero waste by establishing a grant program that funds the infrastructure, technology, and community outreach needed to achieve it.
“Preventing waste and diverting it from our landfills means a healthier environment and a more sustainable economy,” Rep. Ellison said. “Zero Waste is about preventing waste at the source and reusing the rest. It’s also about creating local jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and using our limited resources wisely.”
Q+A: Anne Nicklin, Executive Director of the Building Materials Reuse Association, on Material Salvage | Architect Magazine
Anne Nicklin, executive director at the Chicago-based Building Materials Reuse Association
What should the architecture community know about building-material salvage and reuse?
Architects are becoming more curious about how to design for reuse. We get a lot of questions about selection—for example, how to pick out doors and store them for a few years [until the project is complete]. I encourage people to think about the process the same way they think about stone. You can specify a stone finish and then, often, when you’re ready for it in construction you can pick out your piece from what’s available. I don’t think architects realize how much they can reuse on their own sites. On most sites there’s a building that came down and still has a lot of [functional] materials—plywood, joists, glulam, stud walls, commercial steel—that are incredibly expensive to buy but are undervalued in the reuse market.
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“I think having a salvage shop shows Franklin Heritage, Inc.’s mission of restoring buildings instead of tearing down structures and using new materials and resources to rebuild on those sites,” said Rob Shilts, executive director of Franklin Heritage.
Under the contracts awarded on Wednesday, any building materials salvaged from the dozen homes will belong to the demolition companies and they will be able to sell them for their own profit – in addition to the money the Redevelopment Commission will pay those companies.
Yoro hopes to turn the ship into a public work of art rather than just a forgotten vessel left to slowly sink into the water over the decades.
The contemporary lighting company, Varaluz, embraces the concept of upcycling wholeheartedly, fashioning a range of modern pendant lamps, wall lights and chandeliers by repurposing existing materials.
Over the past six weeks, we’ve hosted the inaugural Vissla + Surfrider Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest - challenging the public to take something that might be considered waste and create something that can be used in the ocean. We had the pleasure of gathering the community to celebrate the results of this contest and the finalists’ projects on Saturday night at Interval Gallery in San Clemente, CA. A packed house included the Orange County surf community, Creators & Innovators Jay Nelson and Donald Brink, and almost all of the contest finalists including some Internationals who made the trek from Japan, Australia, Cayman Islands and Washington.
The Johnson Deconstruction Company is busy renovating the building that was built in the 1930s. The Dundee Bank will be moving in.
Rick Leeds, with Johnson Deconstruction, said the new occupant will, “utilize a structure that has great sentimental value, great presence in the neighborhood and save a lot of materials on the inside that are old and somewhat valuable.”
Johnson Deconstruction will also take apart three condemned homes close to the building also purchased by the bank, saving lumber, fixtures and other valuable parts found in the homes. Those parts will be used for other homes and projects.
Campbell, 51, had been hired to raze three attached buildings with a cut-rate bid of $112,000, about a third of the next lowest bid. He could also keep whatever he could salvage. Campbell therefore “cannibalized” the building from the inside, removing the floors and support beams that stabilized the four-story walls, prosecutors said.
By the morning of June 5, 2013, all that remained of the former Hoagie City building was an unstable, 30-foot high brick wall attached to the one-story Salvation Army building.
“When that wall collapsed, it totally crushed that Salvation Army, and everyone inside,” Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Selber, the homicide chief, said in her opening statement.
The victims included two young artist friends dropping off donations, a mother of nine buying clothes to send to her native Sierra Leone and a newly engaged woman working her first day at the store. One survivor lost both legs after being trapped for 13 hours.
“We’re used to big trees,” he said. “Some people don’t even know that walnut trees get that big.”
He also found ways to access material from old wooden buildings — and facilities like the University of Oregon’s old tennis courts — and even from the sea.
One stack of wood stored in his factory, waiting to be transformed, is from World War II cargo ships that had been deliberately sunk in Newport harbor after the war as part of a pier.
Seth San Filippo, owner of Urban Lumber, has moved into a new larger location in the old Booth Kelly Mill in Springfield. (Brian Davies/The Register-Guard)
I started by making a pattern from a piece of newspaper. I just free-handed the pumpkin on half the paper so that it was symmetrical. I traced this onto two pieces of salvaged barn wood.
Furniture Bank breaks barriers to employment by training Aboriginal youth in carpentry, finishing and upholstery
Furniture Bank Staff photo/DAN PEARCE
Tanya Rausch works on her project at the Funiture Bank Thursday. Five Aboriginal youth from Miziwebiik social agency are apprenticing in carpentry and upsholstery in the charity’s new funiture workshop.
Since the workshop opened in April, participants repaired, refinished or repurposed 1,000 pieces of furniture soon to furnish the home of a person or family in need.
Winn Companies Converts Building into Senior Apartments in $20.7M Adaptive Reuse Project | REBusinessOnline
A seniors housing facility, Livingston School Apartments offers 12 studio units, 76 one-bedroom apartments and 15 two-bedroom apartments.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Winn Companies, in partnership with Albany Housing Authority, has opened Livingston School Apartments in Albany after a $20.7 million adaptive reuse project. The company converted the four-story, 230,000-square-foot historic building into 103 units of mixed-income housing for seniors.
The Salvage Shop is hosting its fourth annual Salvage Show, a silent auction benefiting Knox Heritage. The Salvage Shop and Knox Heritage work together to preserve Knoxville’s history through various programs and fundraising efforts, one of their largest collaborations being the shop.
The trashionistas were magnificent! The staging spectacular and the music unique and energizing! It is impossible to choose a favorite model. Needless to say the production was filled with great examples of reuse and recycled material magically turned into amazing costumes!
Kraaijeveld’s pieces have all been beautifully created from genuine, coloured vintage wood that the artist himself collects as he travels the globe: from abandoned buildings in the Mojave Desert to 16th century Dutch mansion floors. Given that a single work can require over a hundred pieces of different wood, this process is as vital and impactful as the actual assemblage of the found materials.
The famed event celebrates the art of turning waste materials into wearable “trashion,” showcasing the myriad ways local designers use their imaginations to transform trash into couture.
“We turn the NCRD Auditorium into our version of a New York-style runway show,” said CARTM Executive Director Karen Reddick-Yurka. “The amount of creativity on our local runway blows any New York designer out of the waste stream.”
For tickets and more information, call 503-368-7764.
“The demand for reclaimed wood products has been steadily increasing as consumers recognize and value the look, feel, functionality and cost of reused wood in products such as flooring, furniture, structural timbers and more. The North American Wood Reuse and Recycling Directory will connect demand and supply to ensure the continued growth of this reclaimed wood market, while simultaneously keeping thousands of tons of wood out of landfills,” said BMRA Executive Director Anne Nicklin.
Features of ReuseWood.org:
The business directory is accessible via both map and list, with easy sorting capabilities according to target categories (location, services provided, etc).
Individual listing pages show the contact information, location and available services for each business.
The sustainable wood guide includes useful information and articles on the different wood products and the opportunities for wood reuse or recycling.
Reclaimed wood coffee table with a fun triangle pattern. I actually stole this triangle design from a cool pair of socks that I came across recently. There are three colors of wood in this piece, the lighter color was taken from the Interior of the board, the darker triangles directly in the center were taken from the exterior of the board, & the gray triangles were taken from gray weathered pine.
Heather Patterson builds three dimensional sculptural mosaics using found wood, sea glass, ceramics and metals. Collecting the unremarkable evidence left behind — items that are washed up on a beach or tossed on the street, construction materials from demolitions and renovations–Patterson takes what is overlooked and connects them to a new purpose.
Style meets function in this one of a kind functional shelf set. Upcycled wood scraps were cut into random depths and widths then stained in various shades or left completely naked for an organic feel.
We have claimed these shelves for our own paint studio, and love the style and functionality they provide. These shelves make an entire wall and are versatile with how they can be arranged and coordinated with other decorative elements.
Speaker and panellists at the conference will present their experiences and lead debates on the subject of End-of-Life Boats (ELBs)
Taking place at RAI Amsterdam on Monday 16 November, speakers and panellists at the conference will present their experiences and lead debates on the subject of End-of-Life Boats (ELBs) and how their growing numbers can be practically dealt with in the coming years.
The dairy gradually fell into a state of disrepair, until French architect Marc Mazeres purchased it and asked local architect Lluís Corbella to help him fulfil his vision of converting it into a home for his family.
9 Inspiring green artists on show at Decorex from London Design Week 2015 Reclaimed wood sideboard by Piet Hein Eek – Inhabitat
Reclaimed wood sideboard by Piet Hein Eek
London showroom SCP proudly presented legendary designer Piet Hein Eek’s recycled wood sideboard. The Dutchman masterfully reworks reclaimed wood into beautiful and highly functional furniture.
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Justin Keyes • The Daily Beacon: The communal studio brings Knoxville together into a creative space.
“We’ve gone from that little to no cleaning of items to slowly getting to the point where we are creating new things out of salvage,” Meadows said. “There are different people around Knoxville who have taken items and refurbished them for us.”
The collaboration with local artists doesn’t stop there. To help offset costs and to promote further community outreach, the Salvage Shop shares their new space with several local artists.
The program looks to ensure more demolition materials are reused. WENDY CULVERWELL
The awards would give $2,500 to those fully removing houses or duplexes within Portland. The money would only back those projects that employ deconstruction and reuse.
She (Boeckmann) joined the Wangaratta Woodworkers studio. Working three times a week she quickly perfected her jewelry fabrication techniques and soon found a market for her wares. Boeckmann now has her own studio and sells her pieces online under the brand “BoldB” on Etsy.
The demolition of the 102-year-old Gas and Coke Building is proceeding despite a flurry of protests by community members late last week.
Photos taken by drone show the teardown has begun—with workers gutting the building’s decaying interior and tossing it into dumpsters.
George Apfel, left, and Kevin Hayes arrange recycled art and furniture created by artisan Shawn Faulkner at the new ReUse Action store at 980 Northampton St. in the city’s Fillmore section, near the Milk-Bone factory. It’s being called Guild @ 980. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News
“I want this place to be a service to the community,” Gainer said. “I can’t just have old expensive stuff.”
In addition to the reclaimed products, the store sells consignment antiques, as well as artwork, refinished furniture and home products made using reclaimed materials by local artists.
Gainer expects to begin filling the second floor with inventory soon, and has plans to turn the third floor into an incubator of relevant workshops – affordable space where glazers, reupholsterers and other artisans can open up shop and offer compatible services to the store’s customers.
Construction waste management allows reuse and recycling of waste materials such as concrete, wood, plastic, and glass and can. This resolves supply shortages at construction sites as recycled construction waste can be reused as building material. Developed countries such as the US, the UK, and Germany and developing countries such as China, India, and Brazil are the major construction waste generators.
Further, the report states that illegal dumping of waste is a major factor hindering construction waste management market growth.
The analysts forecast global construction waste management market to grow at a CAGR of 9.67% by revenue over the period 2014-2019.
Dutch design firm Superuse Studio used 350 car windshields and lots of reclaimed wood to create this striking interior scheme for a shoe store located in The Hague.
His two-bedroom flat is a showcase of the Berdoulat approach: “What drives us is not purely a conservative nostalgia, but a love of truth and a dedication to the creation of beautiful, unique, well-crafted products,” he writes in the company manifesto, and points out that secondhand shops sell well-made items at prices comparable to Ikea’s.
“Berdoulat is passionate about sash windows and abhors the UPVC replacements, which are slowly but surely ruining many period buildings across the land.” To “help raise awareness about the plight of the native sash,” he designed a Save Our Sashes from Plastic Surgery T-shirt that he sells on his site.
Photography via Berdoulat.
An Underground WWII Bomb Shelter in London Has Been Converted Into the World’s Largest Subterranean Hydroponic Farm | Colossal
Originally built to serve as a bomb shelter during World War II, it was designed to house and protect the lives of nearly 8,000 people. The space remained abandoned for close to 70 years until entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring decided to turn it into the world’s first subterranean farm called Growing Underground.
Ronald Robertson and Richard Prescott of East Liberty made a wall hanging from antique tin ceiling tiles after stripping several layers of paint. They change the colored strip with the seasons.
After stripping off several layers of paint to reveal a gray patina with black, silver and rust tones, they attached them to a poplar frame to create a striking 10- by 6-foot piece of wall art for their dining room. To keep it fresh, they added a strip of wood whose color changes with the seasons.
Reclaimed Gym Flooring and Bleachers from Pioneer Millworks Puts Eco-Minded School Design Firm Ahead of the Class
The material was sourced from Geneva Middle School, just 55 miles from Ashley McGraw and 28 miles from Pioneer Millworks. “Sourcing this so close to our headquarters, from a school I attended and specifically from a gym I played sports in, was remarkable,” shares Jered Slusser, reclaimed wood expert at Pioneer Millworks. “When Ashley McGraw reached out looking for reclaimed wood for their office remodel, I knew immediately that we had the right product. It is a great fit and it feels good when a local company gives reclaimed wood a second life.”
In some cases the rust and weather patterns on the metal are enough to make for an incredibly unique piece of custom-built furniture, while in other instances there is already some form of art present on the vehicle which becomes memorialized in the resulting work.
“These homes were selected for the pilot program because they looked the best, they had four walls and a roof, which means they were less decayed,” Brown said, adding that in a deconstructed building, some 25 percent of building materials are reused, while 70 percent are recycled. The remaining 15 percent is the amount of materials that wind up unusable, he said.
The institute’s director of strategic priorities, Eve Pytel, said the group has provided training to five Gary-area contractors in the ways of deconstruction to ensure that building materials are not inadvertently demolished during the process.
Those contractors will be submitting bids to the Redevelopment Commission to see who gets the contracts to deconstruct the 12 homes in question.
* EcoStores Nebraska received $20,000 to work with five contractors and property owners to divert construction waste from the landfill and develop best management practices for construction and demolition waste.
Now is the best time for expanding a salvage business. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent are the mainstays of this business and it can now be yours to run with. Everyone is talking about recycling. There is no time like the present as that old adage goes.
For over thirteen years, I have gone to thousands of buildings and homes to find, bring back and resell scores of architectural items. The search has brought me in contact with many interesting people and taught me an immense amount about the history of our workmanship in this country and the craft of the 200 years. This business has weathered the worse recession of my lifetime and is poised to grow under new ownership.
Right now it is compromised in its limited 6000 square feet of space and will need to be moved to a larger location. ReStore of Philadelphia, Inc. could use a 12,000 to 15,000 square foot building to really thrive and grow. I have to turn down 1/2 of what I am offered for lack of space and accessibility.
There are a dozen ways to grow the business, from online sales, more inventory, larger inventory, selling repurposed pieces made by local craftsmen, sharing space with an organic cafe, operating a custom building business with recycled materials, to expanding the inventory to include appliances, radiators, lumber etc.
I am ready to retire and want to see the business move into fresh hands and continue to serve the community of environmentally conscious people. $150,000 includes all the inventory, the corporation, the name, the website, email list (3200 people), signage and all the good will and name recognition that has been established over the past 13 years. Shown are some of the pictures of previous inventory and that is ever changing. Feel free to contact Linda at show contact info for additional information. Or stop by the business at 3016 E. Thompson St. in Phila. any Wednesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 to examine it in person. Thank you for your time and consideration.
“We build new homes and use reclaimed materials to give homes character,” said Ricci, who has recently used reclaimed old wood from a R. J. Reynolds downtown factory building in his construction projects. “There are 100 or 200 years of character in that wood.”
Homeowners feel a great sense of pride over preserving old, valuable materials. They add beauty to the home and become conversation pieces.
Property developers told to rebuild London pub ‘brick-by-brick’ after illegally knocking it down – Home News – UK – The Independent
The Alchemist pub before it was illegally demolished
“In our view the demolition was a very serious breach of planning rules which can only be put right by the complete rebuilding and reconstruction of this important community asset, using the same materials and to the same architectural design.
“This building was an integral part of the St John’s Hill Grove conservation area and its loss has been keenly felt by local people. That’s why we are determined to take action to ensure it’s restored for future generations.”
The Alchemist pub after being knocked down
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Using the Brazilian Ipe salvaged from the old Coney Island Boardwalk, my partner Patrick Delorey and I designed and built this low coffee table out of the hard wood. It’s an exploration of deformation, old and new, and a pragmatic form.
In April 2015 the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) convened a Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG) to advise BPS on the development of incentives and methods to increase deconstruction as an alternative to mechanical demolition. At a June 3, 2015 City Council hearing, BPS recommended establishing a deconstruction grant program as a first step. City Council unanimously supported the recommendation and asked BPS to return in January 2016 with a status report on the grant program and recommendations for next steps.
Part of the reason why Mariana began to work with waste materials is also because after graduating from a pricey school, that’s all she was able to work with. It is through her study of discarded material that she began studying how an object goes from ordinary to extraordinary.
Old factory’s bricks, wood are saved. And that’s lucky for Notre Dame. – South Bend Tribune: Business
Six buildings that are part of the former Wilson Brothers Shirt Co. factory — located along Sample Street, a block west of Chapin Street — are being deconstructed. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ
There’s a strong market for those materials, too.
For example, the Wilson complex — like many other factories its age — is a repository of old-growth timbers that have become extremely rare. The hard maple flooring and heart-pine support beams inside the buildings were cut from trees that had been growing for hundreds of years. Old factories are some of the last places where such wood can be found.
“The use of the reclaimed concrete blocks is an experiment in harnessing the thousands of tonnes of concrete that goes to waste each year,” said Chris. “Each block is a byproduct of excess concrete left in trucks, poured into rough steel troughs.”