Category Archives: Policy/Regulations/Government

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

Palo Alto’s ‘deconstruction’ ordinance will require reuse, recycling of building materials – The Stanford Daily

Since 2016, one-fourth of whole houses that were taken down in Palo Alto were deconstructed instead of demolished. This means workers were required to disassemble structures so materials could be recycled. The new policy intends to bring the successes of deconstruction to a city-wide scale. The ordinance will impact approximately 114 projects annually, according to a City Council Staff Report.

Source: Palo Alto’s ‘deconstruction’ ordinance will require reuse, recycling of building materials – The Stanford Daily

How Women Are Leading the Charge to Recycle Whole Houses | Innovation | Smithsonian

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Ruthie Mundell stands among new and vintage chandeliers—all salvaged and ready to find a new home. (Teresa Carey)

“You have a grassroots momentum for something like deconstruction, and you have a massive industry against it,” says Sara Badiali.

The building material reuse consultant thinks regulations are an effective way to make a change. Yet, she has searched the world and “can’t find any place that actually has the words ‘building deconstruction’ in legislation.”

Badiali worked with the city of Portland, Oregon, to create the nation’s first reuse ordinance. Now, Portland homes built before 1916 must be evaluated for deconstruction. Other cities like San Francisco and Milwaukee are drafting their own ordinances.

Source: How Women Are Leading the Charge to Recycle Whole Houses | Innovation | Smithsonian

MRA “plays a role” in city’s push for carbon neutrality, zero waste ~ Missoula Current

Most of that material salvaged from the old Mercantile made their way to Home ReSource. Roughly 200,000 board feet of lumber ended up in new projects across Missoula. MRA required deconstruction as part of the Mercantile project. (Martin Kidston/Missoula Current file photo)

Over the past few years, and with sustainability in mind, MRA has given preference to certain building materials. It also encourages deconstruction over demolition when possible, even if doing so costs a little more.“We’re constrained by state law on how we can spend our funds, but if you take the facade improvement program, one of the underpinnings of that is sustainability,” said MRA director Ellen Buchanan. “Our deconstruction policy is also huge. The city can’t require deconstruction, but we can.”

Source: MRA “plays a role” in city’s push for carbon neutrality, zero waste ~ Missoula Current

To reduce waste, Palo Alto takes aim at demolition | News | Palo Alto Online |

The demolition sorting operation at Zanker Recycling extracts concrete, sheetrock, asphalt and wood, among other debris, for recyclable markets. Photo by Veronica Weber.

The new deconstruction ordinance is expected to help the city divert 7,930 tons of waste annually (by contrast, the disposable-foodware ordinance that the council adopted at the same meeting would divert 290 tons). The deconstruction ordinance is also expected to reduce the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 22,300 metric tons annually (for the foodware ordinance, the number is 470 tons).

Source: To reduce waste, Palo Alto takes aim at demolition | News | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto to require construction crews to deconstruct sites, not demolish by 2020 | abc7news.com

“For too long, we have not done a good job at construction sites and we need to do that,” said Phil Bobel, assistant director for Public Works Palo Alto. Bobel authored the ordinance approved by city council last Monday. “You can’t just smash it and combine everything, so then it’s harder to recycle it or salvage it.”

Source: Palo Alto to require construction crews to deconstruct sites, not demolish by 2020 | abc7news.com

Council goes circular on construction waste | OurAuckland

The Auckland region is in the midst of a major building boom. Whilst this is good news for new homebuyers, it generates a lot of waste that usually ends up being sent to landfill.

The council is working to adopt a deconstruction and soft strip approach as a standard. The deconstruction methodology sees buildings carefully taken down, bit by bit, to recover materials so that they can be re-used elsewhere. This can include building fittings and fixtures, such as seating, light fittings, kitchen and bathroom sinks, as well as important building componentry and materials such as trusses, timber, corrugated iron, and steel.

Source: Council goes circular on construction waste | OurAuckland

Richmond council pushes for more salvage, including wood waste | Burnaby Now

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“I don’t think (the fee increase) goes far enough,” he said, adding that “there should be a law that you either move the house or use portions of it to build a new house or disassemble it board by board so it can be used.”

Source: Richmond council pushes for more salvage, including wood waste | Burnaby Now

NYC closes the loop on gypsum wallboard – Construction & Demolition Recycling

NYC closes the loop on gypsum wallboard

NYC’s VIA 57 West building was one of the first pilot projects to recycle all new construction gypsum trim scrap.

Beyond the environmental impacts, “We’re throwing away valuable resources when we’re not recycling this material,” Kaminsky says. “In landfills, when materials are layered on top of other materials in humid, anaerobic conditions, we can see hydrogen sulfide generation. Gypsum is a major contributor to hydrogen sulfide gas, which is associated with the ‘rotten egg’ smell people are familiar with.”

Source: NYC closes the loop on gypsum wallboard – Construction & Demolition Recycling

Deconstruction vs. Demolition: An evaluation of carbon and energy impacts from deconstructed homes in the City of Portland Submitted to: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) By: Andey Nunes, Jordan Palmeri and Simon Love

In October 2016, in an effort to reduce waste, support material reuse, and reduce environmental impacts of demolition, the City of Portland, Oregon, enacted an ordinance requiring manual  deconstruction of residential homes built in 1916 or earlier. This study analyzes the material quantity data from the first 36 deconstruction projects in Portland to measure carbon and energy impacts. The carbon and energy impacts were also calculated for a hypothetical scenario in which the same houses were mechanically demolished.

The goal of this project is to calculate the carbon and energy impacts of deconstruction and demolition of
single-family houses in Portland, Oregon. The results will allow the City of Portland to measure the effectiveness of their deconstruction policy in achieving climate and energy goals.

https://www.oregon.gov/deq/FilterDocs/DeconstructionReport.pdf

https://www.oregon.gov/deq/mm/production/Pages/Deconstruction.aspx

Developer Nat Hyman sues state to stop Allentown State Hospital demolition – The Morning Call

Developer Nat Hyman sues state to stop Allentown State Hospital demolition

Nat Hyman, Allentown developer and former mayoral candidate, sued the state Department of General Services in an attempt to prevent it from demolishing the Allentown State Hospital. (Kevin Mingora / The Morning Call)

Preservationists point to historic value, architectural beauty and potential repurposing in their effort to save the property from demolition. More than 5,000 people have signed an online petition to preserve the buildings.

Source: Developer Nat Hyman sues state to stop Allentown State Hospital demolition – The Morning Call

Morristown hopes to slow tear-downs with anti-demolition ordinance | Morristown Green

The scheduled demolition of this home in Morristown's Historic District has spurred an anti-demolition ordinance. Photo by Kevin Coughlin April 25, 2019

The scheduled demolition of this carriage house in Morristown’s Historic District has spurred an anti-demolition ordinance. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Residents and town officials were alarmed in February by a pair of knockdowns of historic mansions in Montclair, where a Turkish billionaire aimed to erect a mega-mansion to rival Mar-A-Lago.

Source: Morristown hopes to slow tear-downs with anti-demolition ordinance | Morristown Green

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS – Housing deconstruction as a climate change strategy  Belmont Citizen-Herald – Belmont, MA

For example, in the summer of 2012, Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts) deconstructed two small wood-frame buildings and, in the process, recycled 92 percent, by weight, of the total material removed from the project site. The Williams small building deconstruction resulted in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 14 cars from the roads for a full year (66 metric tonnes).

Source: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONSHousing deconstruction as a climate change strategy – News – Belmont Citizen-Herald – Belmont, MA

Another reason to avoid concrete: silica dust | TreeHugger

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Public Domain Concrete demolition via PXhere

Workers performing concrete chipping at substructure bridge repair sites had the highest level of respirable crystalline silica exposure, a time-weighted average of 527 micrograms per cubic meter of air. That is more than 10 times the PEL of 50 micrograms per cubic meter that OSHA established in its most recent silica regulation (1926.1153).

Source: Another reason to avoid concrete: silica dust | TreeHugger

Officials: St. Louis demolitions could reverse lead progress – Herald-Whig –

The city’s economic development agency, St. Louis Development Corp., is testing an alternative process this year that deconstructs buildings piece by piece. The more expensive process is used to salvage materials as well as reduce health risks from dust and debris. City officials said it isn’t financially feasible to use “deconstruction” to remove all of St. Louis’ 12,000 vacant properties, but they hope to expand the 30-building pilot project in the future.

Source: Officials: St. Louis demolitions could reverse lead progress – Herald-Whig –

Backlog leads Milwaukee to suspend deconstruction rule for old houses

Duplexes at 2075 N. Cambridge Ave. were set for deconstruction last summer.

Duplexes at 2075 N. Cambridge Ave. were set for deconstruction last summer. (Photo: Stephanie Morse/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Of nearly 500 city-owned houses slated for demolition, only five were deconstructed in 2018, according to the Department of Neighborhood Services. The department struggled to get reasonable bids from contractors, said Tom Mishefske, neighborhood services commissioner.

Source: Backlog leads Milwaukee to suspend deconstruction rule for old houses

Milwaukee officials considering pausing deconstruction policy until 2020 – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids

Milwaukee could pause its enforcement of a mandate requiring contractors to deconstruct, rather than demolish, historic homes after a assessment of the policy found that it struggled to get off the ground in 2018.

Source: Milwaukee officials considering pausing deconstruction policy until 2020 – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids

How saving Philly’s historic sacred spaces can make the city stronger | Opinion

CHRIS KENDIG

Enter “Infill Philadelphia: Sacred Places/Civic Spaces,” the exciting new partnership between Partners for Sacred Places and the Community Design Collaborative. Its purpose is to generate innovative design concepts and solutions for the re-activation of underutilized spaces in local historic sacred places.

Source: How saving Philly’s historic sacred spaces can make the city stronger | Opinion

2018-2019 Investment and Innovation Grants | Metro

Here is a summary of the Fiscal Year 2019 Investment and Innovation (I&I) grants. The 14 grants represent a total Metro investment of $2,453,247, which will leverage an additional $2,383,065 in matching funds provided by the applicants. Investment and Innovation grants are intended to build lasting, private sector capacity to reduce waste through reuse, recycling, composting or energy creation from discarded materials in the Metro region. They seek to both strengthen local efforts to reduce the amount and

Source: 2018-2019 Investment and Innovation Grants | Metro

The richer the neighbourhood, the more homes are empty, Vancouver tax report finds | Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly

CITY OF VANCOUVER

“The Empty Homes Tax (also known as the Vacancy Tax) was developed to help relieve pressure on Vancouver’s rental housing market, by returning empty or under-utilized properties to the long-term rental market,” the release reads. “Revenue generated by the tax is required to be used for affordable housing initiatives in Vancouver.”

Source: The richer the neighbourhood, the more homes are empty, Vancouver tax report finds | Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly

Recycled construction waste: building a more sustainable future

Photo credits: Jenny Marvin

To add momentum to this process, in 2016 the European Commission published a CDW Management Protocol, whose goal is to improve waste identification, source separation and collection, and waste processing. From the industry perspective, it is essential to make sure that there are no hazardous substances in material recovered from a demolition site – such as asbestos, leaded paint and polychlorinated biphenyls – that may affect health, environmental or building quality standards.

Source: Recycled construction waste: building a more sustainable future

Instead of Razing Buildings, Some Cities Want to Reuse Their Bones | The Pew Charitable Trusts

Debris remains where a demolished rowhouse once stood on one of many blocks slated for demolition in Baltimore. When possible, city officials want to dismantle and salvage materials from buildings rather than demolishing them.
Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press

The two Baltimore enterprises address multiple problems at once. Details Deconstruction takes apart blighted buildings and salvages or recycles materials that are still valuable — a process called deconstruction. Brick and Board processes and sells reclaimed materials, saving them from the landfill. And both hire people with criminal records and prepare them for jobs in the construction industry.

Source: Instead of Razing Buildings, Some Cities Want to Reuse Their Bones | The Pew Charitable Trusts

In My Opinion: Time to think beyond recycling – Resource Recycling News

Support the reuse industry. This area needs considerable help, and it’s where state leadership is crucial. One state leading the pack is Minnesota. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has shown its support for the industry in many ways, but here are a few of their initiatives that can be replicated by your state: Hold a statewide summit for industry stakeholders; support the launch of a statewide reuse support network (ReuseMN); offer a free, online materials exchange (MN Materials Exchange); conduct a study

Source: In My Opinion: Time to think beyond recycling – Resource Recycling News

First Buildings Deconstructed Under New Law » Urban Milwaukee

2075 N. Cambridge Ave. Photo by Dave Reid.

2075 N. Cambridge Ave. Photo by Dave Reid.

There are a number of city-owned properties that have to be demolished. And using the requirements of its residents preference program, firms going after the deconstruction contracts will have to meet workforce goals and train unemployed or underemployed city residents in this new trade.

Source: First Buildings Deconstructed Under New Law » Urban Milwaukee

Nonprofit touts benefits of housing deconstruction over demolition | Waste Dive

 

“It’s much more oriented toward local governments and economic development practitioners,” who are looking at the steps community leaders can take to encourage greater deconstruction, Pytel said. “Waste is typically a consequence of a bunch of other decisions. We’re going up a few levels to get at the decisions that end up creating waste, as opposed to looking at things as waste to begin with.”

Source: Nonprofit touts benefits of housing deconstruction over demolition | Waste Dive

New S.C. law fights ‘sham recyclers’ of construction, demolition debris | Local | thetandd.com

Currently, certain collectors of construction and demolition debris are able to circumvent the requirement to recycle 75 percent by weight of recovered materials by processing mostly concrete and other heavy debris – leaving solid waste to accumulate on site.

Source: New S.C. law fights ‘sham recyclers’ of construction, demolition debris | Local | thetandd.com

Sydney’s big corporate achievers making more money by turning green | ABC Radio Australia

Affectionately known as the Money Box, 5 Martin Place is one of Sydney’s most iconic buildings. (Credit: ABC licensed)

“If you look at the steel, we’ve avoided 5,000 tonnes in carbon emissions by not having to produce the steel that would have been needed to replace that building,” Mr Wall said.

Source: Sydney’s big corporate achievers making more money by turning green | ABC Radio Australia

City council refines and tightens some demolition rules | Hollywood Star: Northeast & North Portland Neighborhood News

Portland city council has voted to strengthen procedures for demolishing older neighborhood homes, while tabling plans to extend a deconstruction mandate for homes built after 1916. (City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability)

“Originally, the goal was to begin at 1916 in Phase I, then move to 1926 as a next step and eventually include housing built before 1940 by the year 2019.” Wood said the advisory group realized that it would be “bad timing” to increase the number of structures covered too quickly, so the 1916 date will hold firm for the foreseeable future, as demolition procedures are tightened.

Source: City council refines and tightens some demolition rules | Hollywood Star: Northeast & North Portland Neighborhood News

Centuries Old Tradition Of Recycling Bricks Finally Gets Certified — Danish Company Is World’s First Supplier | CleanTechnica

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Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s hammer some bricks!

It is a genuinely comforting thought, that when you look at a brick building any one of those bricks can originate from many different places. Apart from the green-tech-recycling aspect, this makes buildings ooze of history — even if they are brand new.

Source: Centuries Old Tradition Of Recycling Bricks Finally Gets Certified — Danish Company Is World’s First Supplier | CleanTechnica

Derelict Building Grant applications due April 4 | News | communitynewspapergroup.com

The grant program was instituted by state legislation to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less to deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures.

The program emphasizes reuse and recycling of building items, helps improve street appearance and commercial development, and alleviates the environmental concern these buildings can pose. Financial assistance includes asbestos removal, building deconstruction and renovation, and other environmental services.

Source: Derelict Building Grant applications due April 4 | News | communitynewspapergroup.com

St. John’s council encouraging ‘responsible demolition’ | Local | News | The Telegram

“Heritage is one of our main economic drivers in the city. The deconstruction policy — if we had one — would address salvaging any materials in the case where demolition is absolutely necessary.”

Source: St. John’s council encouraging ‘responsible demolition’ | Local | News | The Telegram

Turning Older Buildings into Great Places to Live| Housing Finance Magazine | Affordable Housing, Adaptive Reuse, Laura Bailey, Capital One

Real Trends: The Future of Real Estate in the United States, a report commissioned by Capital One and written by the MIT Center for Real Estate.

Source: Turning Older Buildings into Great Places to Live| Housing Finance Magazine | Affordable Housing, Adaptive Reuse, Laura Bailey, Capital One

Deconstruction junction: Milwaukee’s reuse future – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids

(Image courtesy of the Delta Institute via Extracting Value through Deconstruction)

On Jan. 1, the country’s second deconstruction ordinance went into effect in Milwaukee. In short, the ordinance “provides deconstruction requirements for the removal of Milwaukee’s older and more historic primary dwelling structures.” Deconstruction, in contrast to demolition, is the process of systematically dismantling a structure in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner, aiming to maximize the recovery of materials for reuse and recycling. The ordinance targets primary-dwelling structures built in 1929 or earlier. This reason for this specification? The likelihood that those structures will contain old-growth lumber and other valuable building materials.

Source: Deconstruction junction: Milwaukee’s reuse future – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids

Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back | Nation | postbulletin.com

The shed is among five buildings that comprise the last traditional smoked-herring facility in the U.S., and an organization called Lubec Landmarks has worked for almost 25 years to preserve it. Lubec Landmarks President Rachel Rubeor said legal tangles, including salvage rights claims by some Canadian citizens, could doom the building.

Source: Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back | Nation | postbulletin.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Master of Special Problem Solving, Dave Bennink Disassembles 1,000 Buildings by Hand – Sara Badiali

 

Master of Special Problem Solving, Dave Bennink Disassembles 1,000 Buildings by Hand  

by Sara Badiali

Imagine you are packing your car for a trip. You can only move your gear once, but you still have to maximize space.  Sound difficult?  Now imagine you have to do it with a stranger’s gear.  That’s what Dave Bennink of Re-Use Consulting has been doing almost every week for the past 25 years.

But instead of gear, he does it with entire dismantled buildings.  Dave’s expertise is in disassembling structures, staging the components for transport, and then moving them to be resold.

Dave deconstructs buildings for reuse. He’s dismantled 1,000 structures, in 42 states and 4 providences. He is a master of spatial problem solving. The materials are so big and take up so much space on site that they can only be moved once.

Dave Bennink’s extensive knowledge and experience meant that when the City of Portland passed their new Deconstruction Ordinance, they asked Dave to train the City’s first Certified Deconstruction Contractors. They also tapped him to train and certify a new deconstruction workforce.

In addition to his own business dismantling structures, Dave is a certified Deconstruction Trainer for the Building Material Reuse Association. He’s done trainings for the City of Seattle, Vancouver, other municipalities, numerous small businesses and organizations.

 

Students are drilled in safety, technique, material recovery, recycling, diversion equations, staging and selling materials. All of the lessons take place in the actual building the students are deconstructing.

It is a common site to see Dave drawing out waste diversion calculations on the interior walls one day, and the next day the walls are gone.  If you ever buy reclaimed materials with calculations on them, you may have just purchased a piece of one of Dave’s many classrooms.

Along with his own business, and deconstruction training, Dave also is a consultant for reclaimed building material reuse start-ups. Guiding entrepreneurs with reuse business planning, deconstruction jobs, and marketing used building materials is Dave’s passion.

He is happy to help new converts into the world of environmental stewardship, job creation, community building, and healthy alternatives to demolition. His motto is “Say no to the track hoe”.

 

 

If you are interested in meeting Dave Bennink you can see him present twice at the Decon + Reuse ’17 Expo: Saving Our Past, Building the Future conference in Portland, Oregon on September 24th-27th. Dave will be on a panel with some of his certified deconstruction students. He will also be speaking on the basic principles of starting a reuse business (including spatial acumen).

Dave will be presenting at the Decon + Reuse ’17 Expo with over 50 other building material reuse experts, and hundreds of participants. This is the largest building material reuse event in the country and is being hosted by the City of Portland, Metro, the Reclamation Administration, and Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

 

Dave Bennink owns and operates Re-Use Consulting, which you can find it at ReuseConsulting.com.  Or contact him at re-use@comcast.net or (360) 201-6977.

Something old, something new. (Re)using salvaged building materials | Metro

Mary Reese hunts for tile at the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Gresham.

Jacobson compares shopping for salvaged building materials to thrift or vintage shopping, and advises shopping early and often. “Stock changes from day to day and quantities can be limited,” he says. “The list of stores is growing and that makes it easier to find what you need, but the region’s supply chain for used building materials is still a work in progress” Also, he says, find a contractor willing to work with you, one who’s willing to deconstruct and salvage materials, as well as incorporate reused items into the new space.

Source: Something old, something new. (Re)using salvaged building materials | Metro

SoDo’s Recology CleanScapes Program Gives Seattle Artists Mountain of Trash

Image Credit:
Hayley Young
Recology CleanScapes Artists in Residence Max Cleary and Meg Hartwig exercises her “scavenging privileges” at SoDo recycling facility.

“What’s interesting about recycled materials is that when it comes down to it, they’re all just things caught in a cycle of being acquired and passed on,” Cleary observed in April, early in his residency. “The materials I find within Recology’s recycling stream have the potential to contain richer, more unexpected backgrounds and be in unpredictable states, which is exciting to me.”

Source: SoDo’s Recology CleanScapes Program Gives Seattle Artists Mountain of Trash

Fewer CO2 emissions by reusing others’ ‘stuff’ » Yale Climate Connections

Anne Nicklin, executive director of the Building Materials Reuse Association, which represents suppliers of used construction parts, says that only a “a very tiny percentage” of useful items currently is salvaged from building demolitions. Times are changing, though, she says. Governmental officials, mostly at the municipal and county levels, are discovering that reclaiming stuff from torn-down buildings helps them conserve landfill space and avoid the economic and environmental downsides of trucking waste to far-off disposal sites. “They realize that they have a problem and that this is the best available solution.”

Source: Fewer CO2 emissions by reusing others’ ‘stuff’ » Yale Climate Connections