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Portland may expand which old homes must be dismantled by hand – oregonlive.com

Portland home deconstruction

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A work crew deconstructs a Southeast Portland home in 2015 (The Oregonian/File)

The majority of council members said Wednesday that they plan to approve the ordinance, and Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly said they would like to see a more severe penalty for violators. A first offense can lead to a fine of up to $500 and a third or more can be up to $1,500. “I support everything else, but I think if you’re going to hold people accountable, they’ve got to feel it,” Hardesty said. “This is not something that they’re going to feel.”

Source: Portland may expand which old homes must be dismantled by hand – oregonlive.com

City contractor begins first housing deconstruction project

“Number one, it’s an economic driver,” said 15th District Alderman Russell Stamper II. “We’re providing opportunities for individuals to learn skills on how to deconstruct, put some money in their pocket, and most of all have a job right here in the city of Milwaukee.”

Source: City contractor begins first housing deconstruction project

Application Period Open Now For DNR’s 2020 Derelict Building Grant Program

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for the 2020 Derelict Building Grant Program. The program promotes the reuse or recycling of building materials from dilapidated buildings in communities of 5,000 residents or less.

Source: Application Period Open Now For DNR’s 2020 Derelict Building Grant Program

Salvage shops offer decor with a story | The Sumter Item

PHOTOS BY KATHERINE ROTH VIA AP Seen is a selection of vintage doorknobs and other items available for sale at Olde Good Things salvage store in New York.

Homeowners love features that come with a story, says Rich Ellis, publisher of Architectural Salvage and Antique Lumber News. “When you can point to your floor and say it came from an old shoe factory in Connecticut, for example, that’s a big attraction,” he says. There are between 500 and 700 architectural salvage businesses across the country, and business has been good, he says.

Source: Salvage shops offer decor with a story | The Sumter Item

Shop Talk: Ohmega Salvage; Totally Rad Gallery; Women Made — Berkeleyside

Ohmega Salvage

“I am sad about the lack of recycling of building materials of our classic homes here in the Bay area. Recycling was once the pride of our city,” Davis told Berkeleyside. As interest in the re-use of original architectural pieces declined, she said, overhead expenses — garbage collection, PG&E, EBMUD, alarm systems, worker’s compensation and higher wages — have continued to grow, which has made it hard to keep the business running smoothly.

Source: Shop Talk: Ohmega Salvage; Totally Rad Gallery; Women Made — Berkeleyside

Decrepit barn in Quebec was converted into stunning modern design by salvaging old materials

large barn home on green hill

Located in a rural area in Quebec, the old barn was in near ruins until the Montreal-based firm was hired to convert it into a secondary family home. Thankfully, instead of bulldozing the beautiful old building to the ground, the studio managed to salvage nearly every single material to reuse in the new design.

Source: Decrepit barn in Quebec was converted into stunning modern design by salvaging old materials

Upstate NY weekend home stunningly renovated from former ore foundry – Curbed

Exterior of brick house in winter with a gently pitched roof and black stairs and terrace.

Nick Glimenakis

The Clover Hill Foundry is a house with history. Originally built in the late 19th century, the interconnected brick buildings in Somers, New York, were first used as the hub for an ore mining operation. Later in the 1940s, three artists bought the dilapidated buildings, renovating them into standalone homes for their families.

Source: Upstate NY weekend home stunningly renovated from former ore foundry – Curbed

Preservation awards salute old fire station reuse, pioneer farmhouse restoration, 10 others (before, after photos) – oregonlive.com

Restore Oregon – 1912 Fire Station No. 17 in Portland

That night, recipients of 12 coveted DeMuro Awards will be applauded for their preservation and reuse of architectural and cultural sites, and the impact the improvements have made on their communities.

Source: Preservation awards salute old fire station reuse, pioneer farmhouse restoration, 10 others (before, after photos) – oregonlive.com

How is the construction sector combatting its waste?

On the issue of waste in construction, Resource’s Allan Sandilands suggests that the lack of media coverage is a contributing factor to the limited public response to the sector’s waste problem. Where plastic pollution has been heavily documented in regard to its effects on wildlife, Sandilands notes no such coverage has occurred for the construction industry, which he refers to a the “silent sector”.

Source: How is the construction sector combatting its waste?

Ruthlessly competitive fuel market creates closed-station blight — and opportunity for reuse

Tara Dugan at her shop, worKS.

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Tara Dugan at her shop, worKS.

Tara Dugan is an exception. In 2016, while searching for a building to open a boutique, she noticed an empty, 70-year-old gas station on a lightly traversed road in Kennett Square, a borough of just over 6,100 people. She saw the potential in an unloved structure, she said, as did three women who repurposed a Sunoco gas station in Malvern to serve gourmet fare.

Source: Ruthlessly competitive fuel market creates closed-station blight — and opportunity for reuse

King County, Washington – $700,000 C&D Grant Program 

The Solid Waste Division (SWD) strives to enhance the efficacy of Construction & Demolition (C&D) recycling. SWD is offering a new $700,000 C&D Grant Program for innovative projects that support King County’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (Comp Plan). As established in the King County Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP), King County aims to divert C&D materials from landfills at a rate of 85 percent by 2025, and also has a countywide goal of zero waste of resources by 2030.

The specific solicitation for the C&D Grant Program can be accessed here – https://procurement.kingcounty.gov/procurement_OVR/detail.aspx?bidid=4231 (click “Enter as Guest”).

Source: C&D grant program – King County

Lumber Salvaged from Baltimore’s Row Houses and City Trees Creates Jobs and Cuts Wood Waste | TheCityFix

Buildings like the vacant row houses in Baltimore can be demolished, but they can also be deconstructed to salvage the materials. The salvaging process requires much more time and labor than demolition. For Baltimore – a city with an unemployment rate of nearly 5%, climbing up to 15% or more in some neighborhoods, and a poverty rate nearly double the national average – this presents an opportunity.

Source: Lumber Salvaged from Baltimore’s Row Houses and City Trees Creates Jobs and Cuts Wood Waste | TheCityFix

London Plan: New document to help architects embed circular economy principles | News | Architects Journal

shutterstock circular economy material passport reuse bank

Prasad would like to see architects ‘go for it’ even without the requirements of the London Plan. He said: ‘Circular economy applies to buildings of all scale and all types, and I would love to see it being applied to smaller buildings than the threshold indicates at the moment.’ He said this was not ‘a glum duty’ or ‘dreadful imposition’. ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to innovate and think in different ways. And the lovely thing is, it can be done on so many fronts. As the name implies, the circular econo

Source: London Plan: New document to help architects embed circular economy principles | News | Architects Journal

OP/ED: You never know what you got till it’s gone. – Tillamook County Pioneer

Manzanita celebrates the uniqueness of CARTM and its reuse /recycle leadership and the fact that the City was the first coastal community to ban the use of plastic bags all in the name of environmental stewardship. Reusing building materials and diverting demolition materials from a landfill all contribute to LEED points which are not available for new construction so why did the City decide to not give citizens the opportunity to even have this discussion and prevent approximately 500 dump truck loads of building material from being hauled to the landfill?

Source: OP/ED: You never know what you got till it’s gone. – Tillamook County Pioneer

A Vintage-Style Kitchen Remodel by Peg and Awl Marries Old and New

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The house was their living quarters, initial work space, and ongoing project—it had been added onto over the years, and the previous owner, a high school shop teacher, “trash picked historic doors and windows considered garbage,” says Margaux. “He used his finds to restore the rooms closer to their former, albeit frankensteined, self.”

Source: A Vintage-Style Kitchen Remodel by Peg and Awl Marries Old and New

Demolished, abandoned buildings repurposed through program helping struggling communities

 

The idea works like this: before an abandoned building is torn down, crews salvage all the materials they can get from it – like wood – and keep it out of landfills. At the same time, they give the people who live in those neighborhoods the job of doing that. “It gives you a new sense of your community,” said Baltimore native Kobe Bland, who works at Brick and Board. “You start to view your community a little different because you see the potential of what could be.” What started out as the “Baltimore Wood

Source: Demolished, abandoned buildings repurposed through program helping struggling communities

How design decisions on materials are “disproportionately damning the world to further climate change” | TreeHugger

Chimney at Marseilles

Because of the Upfront Carbon emissions from building, groups like the World Green Building Council have suggested that we have to “question the need to use materials at all, considering alternative strategies for delivering the desired function, such as increasing utilisation of existing assets through renovation or reuse.” They also noted that we have to “prioritize materials which are low or zero carbon, responsibly sourced, and which have low lifecycle impact in other areas.”

Source: How design decisions on materials are “disproportionately damning the world to further climate change” | TreeHugger

Environmentalists launch a ‘game-changer’ to tackle mountains of building and demolition waste | Stuff.co.nz

New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust general manager, Francesca Lipscombe, says the new ecolabel could be a game changer for the construction industry. She is pictured at the Waitakere Refuse and Recycling Centre with  Auckland Council manager of waste solutions Parul Sood.

New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust general manager, Francesca Lipscombe, says the new ecolabel could be a game changer for the construction industry. She is pictured at the Waitakere Refuse and Recycling Centre with Auckland Council manager of waste solutions Parul Sood.

The Environmental Choice label would differentiate C&D service providers from each other by their environmental impact and mark those who were top providers and demonstrated best practice around waste minimisation and reduction.

Source: Environmentalists launch a ‘game-changer’ to tackle mountains of building and demolition waste | Stuff.co.nz

Chicago Union Station’s iconic power house faces unclear future – Curbed Chicago

A beige brick power plant with twin smoke stacks stands next to a river. Taller skyscrapers stand in the distance.

The Graham, Anderson, Probst and White-designed building occupies a high-profile site along the Chicago River. Getty Images/iStockphoto

“The power house could have a tremendous future if we encourage something creative and clever,” Miller explains. “It takes imagination and a sensitive approach to rethink these kinds of buildings. London’s Tate Modern museum is in a former power house that sat empty for years. The Union Station property isn’t on that same scale, but it’s still an important and rare example of Art Moderne architecture in Chicago.”

Source: Chicago Union Station’s iconic power house faces unclear future – Curbed Chicago

Valley companies give new life to discarded building materials

Chelsea Pickett, Stardust’s business development manager, says the growth of metro Phoenix makes it challenging to keep up with construction demands, but more people participating in the reuse movement could ease the pressure. (Photo by Megan Marples/Cronkite News)

A 2015 Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet on construction and demolition waste found more than 545 million tons of debris ended up in landfills every year, even though 75% of those materials had the potential for reuse.

Source: Valley companies give new life to discarded building materials

Forget van life. Coloradans are living in school buses (a.k.a. skoolies)

Converting old school buses

Charlie Kern, co-owner of Chrome Yellow, converts old school buses into homes on wheels on Sept. 3 in Arvada. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

“Honestly, I think part of it is that good-looking people on social media are doing it,” Kern said. “Plus, housing costs are high, especially in Denver and other major cities.”

Source: Forget van life. Coloradans are living in school buses (a.k.a. skoolies)

Adaptive Reuse and Restoration of a Historic Building Features 57 Modern Lofts

Adaptive Reuse and Restoration of a Historic Building Features 57 Modern Lofts

The thoughtful restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic structure features 57 oversized, modern lofts market-rate units – boasting more than 280, 8-foot by 10-foot windows to provide each unit with expansive views and an abundance of natural light – of which 39 of the units are affordable.

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Source: Adaptive Reuse and Restoration of a Historic Building Features 57 Modern Lofts

Century old, long abandoned former meat packing plant coming down – The Shenandoah Sentinel

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SHERRY STREETER / SENTINEL PHOTO – Demolition progress on the former Swift and Co. plant in Shenandoah on Sept. 23, 2019.

The former Swift & Company plant at the corner of East Centre and North Bower, a three story brick warehouse stretching the length of the unit block of Bower, towered over the east end neighborhood since the late 1800s or early 1900s.

Source: Century old, long abandoned former meat packing plant coming down – The Shenandoah Sentinel

Lunar lander tiny house builder is having a blast on the Columbia River – oregonlive.com

A breakfast nook has a parquet wooden table from the first boat Hughes built and starship sleek bench seats in which to peer out of the planet-shaped glass. Hughes calls this his “Captain Nemo window,” a nod to one of his favorite childhood books, Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”

Source: Lunar lander tiny house builder is having a blast on the Columbia River – oregonlive.com

Here’s how adaptive reuse has impacted Valley real estate | AZ Big Media

Above: Lincoln Union, built in 1970, is located at 475 E. Lincoln St. in the Phoenix warehouse district and was a former refrigerated distribution center owned by Pearce Beverage Co., which was the first Coors distributor in the Valley.

Adaptive reuse is making a big impact on commercial real estate and likely will for several years to come. According to the Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate (2019), the repurposing trend is likely to continue over the next decade. As real estate professionals, we had better be prepared to adapt.

Source: Here’s how adaptive reuse has impacted Valley real estate | AZ Big Media

Elizabeth Warren’s Crusade Against Corruption | The New Yorker

Elizabeth Warren speaking under the arch in Washington Square Park, in New York, on Monday night, to a crowd that her campaign says numbered more than twenty thousand people.Photograph by Drew Angerer / Getty

A lectern placed on top was made from reclaimed wood from the Maine home of Frances Perkins, the early-twentieth-century labor activist. According to Warren’s campaign, the lectern was built by craftspeople at a woman-owned woodworking company based in Brooklyn, who designed the base to resemble the soapboxes that Perkins and other labor organizers would have used. It was a stage set created to reflect the central theme of Warren’s campaign: the importance of the rights of working people, and the ways that

Source: Elizabeth Warren’s Crusade Against Corruption | The New Yorker

Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Market to Increase at Steady Growth Rate 2018-2031 – The Check Chronicle

Europe is anticipated to account for a significant share of the global construction & demolition waste recycling market. The region is estimated to be followed by North America. Demand for construction & demolition waste recycling market in Europe is rising due to the increase in awareness about environmental protection and government regulations on landfills and promotions for recycling. Asia Pacific also offers significant growth potential for construction & demolition waste recycling, as the building & c

Source: Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Market to Increase at Steady Growth Rate 2018-2031 – The Check Chronicle

Facing demolition, Rehoboth Public School yielding legacy items | Cape Gazette

The most interesting architectural feature of the Rehoboth Public School is its modernist, art deco-style main entrance.

“Because of the salvage value, and the fact the contractor could do the work in the summer when there were few people on site, we were able to get a relatively low demolition cost, so everybody wins,” said Bassett.

Source: Facing demolition, Rehoboth Public School yielding legacy items | Cape Gazette

Garage demolition reveals treasure trove of old newspapers | Calgary Herald

Contractor Alex Clarke was carefully taking the single-car garage apart by hand, separating various building materials for reuse and recycling, when he pulled off an interior wall to discover hundreds of newspapers and magazines. Nailed in neat stacks between the studs as insulation and protected between cardboard, much of the paper was in surprisingly good condition.

Source: Garage demolition reveals treasure trove of old newspapers | Calgary Herald

5 Hottest Office Design Trends of 2019 | Inc.com

COURTESY EXPENSIFY

 “It’s an incredible opportunity for not only historic preservation, but also adaptive reuse,” says Atwood. The Portland, Oregon, office of fintech platform Expensify is housed in the 100-year-old First National Bank. There’s no denying that it’s a 21st-century office, but many of the original design elements remain intact.

Source: 5 Hottest Office Design Trends of 2019 | Inc.com

Old Growth Redwood Lumber Salvaged from Original CR Library Building Will Be Used by Students in Part to Build a Tiny Home in Eureka – Redheaded Blackbelt

Redwood on CR's old library

The redwood boards they’re recovering from the library are a wide range of shapes and sizes and they’ll use them for a number of student projects, including siding the first ever CR tiny house. They’ll also run it through the Architectural Millworks class to use as molding and trim on next year’s student-built house, which will be constructed in an historic neighborhood in Eureka. Using this old growth redwood will tie the new house in with the aesthetic of the neighborhood and maintain its historic integri

Source: Old Growth Redwood Lumber Salvaged from Original CR Library Building Will Be Used by Students in Part to Build a Tiny Home in Eureka – Redheaded Blackbelt

A Danish view on circular construction – The Fifth Estate

Poppy Johnston | 17 September 2019
As resources become scarcer, building owners may one day be able to sell walls, ceilings and floors to other developers, instead of demolishing them.

In practise, circular construction is all about the “connections, joints and system layers,” says Guldager Jensen.  For example, windows might be attached using a mechanical method rather than glue, or lime mortar might be used rather than concrete mortar.“It’s about being able to think about the mechanics and being able to do it in reversible ways.”

Source: A Danish view on circular construction – The Fifth Estate

Rehab/reuse project is warming up for old blanket factory

Stan Bullard
Once the home of a leading national maker of horse blankets, the former National Blanket Building on Cleveland’s West Side could be repurposed as affordably priced apartments for families.

“We’re afraid bricks may fall from it,” he said of the three-story factory dating from 1890 that was expanded until it covers a city block. He’s excited, though, because plans to renovate it to new use are taking shape. “It will mean a lot for the neighborhood in terms of morale because it’s the largest building here and it’s been vacant so long,” León said, “in addition to the economic benefit of it being put back into use.”

Source: Rehab/reuse project is warming up for old blanket factory

Sustainable Missoula: Green building materials can reduce Missoula’s carbon footprint ~ Missoula Current

Deconstruction of the Mercantile in downtown Missoula prior to construction of the Marriott. (Home ReSource)

From an energy perspective, it saves about 95 percent of the energy that would be required to produce the same materials, and it also has major implications for waste reduction, job creation, and historical preservation. The Home Resource-led deconstruction of the Missoula Mercantile building in 2017 is a great example of deconstruction in our community. It diverted hundreds of thousands of board feet of old-growth lumber away from the landfill and reintroduced it into Missoula’s economy.

Source: Sustainable Missoula: Green building materials can reduce Missoula’s carbon footprint ~ Missoula Current

Do vintage electric guitars really sound better with age? – Guitar.com | All Things Guitar

Dennis Fano with a Serus T in Novo's Nashville workshop

Dennis Fano with a Serus T in Novo’s Nashville workshop

Dennis Fano’s Novo brand builds remarkable electric guitars from tempered and reclaimed timber, and we have never encountered structurally similar guitars with more natural resonance. I’ve also played some recent ultra-high-end Les Paul replicas made from very old wood that already sound like they’re decades old.

Source: Do vintage electric guitars really sound better with age? – Guitar.com | All Things Guitar

thomas dambo builds 7 giant trolls made from reclaimed wood in belgian forest

images courtesy of thomas dambo

using old shelves, pallets, and branches from fallen trees, dambo has built the giant wooden trolls. the installation marks the 15th anniversary of the electronic festival as a gift to the local community. over 200 volunteers helped to collect the materials needed before dambo and a crew of 15 people spent 25 weeks building the sculptures.

Source: thomas dambo builds 7 giant trolls made from reclaimed wood in belgian forest

A Pathway to Puerto Rico’s Recovery | Business | theweeklyjournal.com

K.C. Conway, economist

K.C. Conway offered the keynote speech at the 15th Anniversary of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the CCIM Institute celebrated in La Concha Hotel in San Juan. >Courtesy CCIM

From the start, Conway pointed out that the OZ and the adaptive reuse of old and unused structures could lead to a much-needed investment push that could help the U.S. territory find its way out of recession.

Source: A Pathway to Puerto Rico’s Recovery | Business | theweeklyjournal.com

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