Meet the ‘Renovators’: These people are breathing new life into Buffalo’s past – The Buffalo News

PUSH Buffalo Executive Director Rahwa Ghirmatzion, center, with PUSH members and community advocates Luz Velez, left, and Providencia Carrion at the Wash Project. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

She now oversees the organization’s programs and operations, which include housing construction, solar installation, job training and a youth center, in addition to advocacy efforts. PUSH employs 40, and has renovated more than 100 homes in the past seven years.

Source: Meet the ‘Renovators’: These people are breathing new life into Buffalo’s past – The Buffalo News

Tax Court Demolishes Deconstruction Deduction

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Worker removes plaster from a brick wall with a perforatorGETTY

If the salvageable material from deconstructing your house is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, you should not need to pay somebody to take the house apart so that you can give the pieces to charity. There should be people waving money in front of your face to come in and take it apart.

Source: Tax Court Demolishes Deconstruction Deduction

St. Louis Begins Taking Apart Buildings To Salvage Valuable Brick And Lumber | St. Louis Public Radio

Lumber collected from a building in the Vandeventer neighborhood on Nov. 21, 2019.

For about six months last year, the St. Louis Development Corporation hired workers to carefully take apart a former storage warehouse in the Vandeventer neighborhood and saved lumber, brick and other materials for reuse.
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“Each job is like a cadaver. You get to dissect the building, see how it was put together, how it worked, how it could fail,” Schwarz said. “And each job is different. You don’t always know going into it what exactly is going to be there.”

Source: St. Louis Begins Taking Apart Buildings To Salvage Valuable Brick And Lumber | St. Louis Public Radio

Sustainable building: The hottest new material is, uh, wood – Vox

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, UBC.

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, at the University of British Columbia, showing off some timber. CIRS

Slabs of wood this large can match or exceed the performance of concrete and steel. CLT can be used to make floors, walls, ceilings — entire buildings. The world’s tallest mass timber structure, at 18 stories and over 280 feet, was recently built in Norway; there’s an 80-story wooden tower proposed for Chicago.

Source: Sustainable building: The hottest new material is, uh, wood – Vox

Humanity Risking ‘Global Disaster’ as Material Consumption Passes 100 Billion Tons Annually | Common Dreams News

Deforestation is one factor contributing to unprecedented consumption of materials in recent years. (Photo: World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr/cc)

Half of the materials used each year are clay, gravel, sand, and other materials used for construction, and about 40% of the materials used are turned into housing—yet according to the Homeless World Cup Foundation, an estimated 100 million people worldwide are homeless and as many as 1.6 billion people have inadequate housing.

Source: Humanity Risking ‘Global Disaster’ as Material Consumption Passes 100 Billion Tons Annually | Common Dreams News

‘Garbage Depot’ Protested at Canceled Public Hearing — ecoRI News

Nearly 100 opponents of the proposed waste facility on Allens Avenue in Providence raise their hands in silent protest at the Jan. 21 meeting of the City Plan Commission. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Nearly 100 opponents of the proposed waste facility on Allens Avenue in Providence raise their hands in silent protest at the Jan. 21 meeting of the City Plan Commission. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

During the rally, City Council member Pedro Espinal described how the addition of about 200 trucks per day heading to and from the proposed waste-processing facility would impact the five schools in neighborhood. “This facility will only increase the pollution and contaminants of South Providence,” Espinal said.

Source: ‘Garbage Depot’ Protested at Canceled Public Hearing — ecoRI News

Recycling helped Ken build his dream home from items destined for the dump – ABC News 

The staircase of the unique family home in January 2020 that Logan man Ken Aitken built on five acres in 1981.

PHOTO: Mr Aitken says the main stairs are made with wood from a settler’s hut built in the 1880s. (ABC News: Anna Hartley)

The landscape architect, now 70, salvaged centuries-old stones and wooden beams from historical buildings, including the city’s courthouses, jails and flour mills which have since been lost.

Source: Recycling helped Ken build his dream home from items destined for the dump – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Google, Spruce Goose | ZGF

ZGF partnered with Google to transform the landmark Spruce Goose Hangar in Playa Vista, California. A 450,000+ SF, four-level “building-within-a-building” was developed inside the seven-story, 750-foot-long historic wooden structure. Built by Howard Hughes in 1943 for the construction of the Hercules IV airplane (aka the “Spruce Goose”), the hangar now comprises office, meeting, food service and event spaces, and employee amenity spaces.

Source: Google, Spruce Goose | ZGF

How an Irvington Company Salvaged a Century-Old Barn | NJ Monthly

Dismantling a historic barn is an exacting process, requiring weeks of logistical planning. Because the team hopes to repurpose every piece of wood, most work is done by hand, with the occasional support of heavy machinery. “The barn has its own plan,” says manager Anthony Saraceno. “There are always surprises.” Photo by Joe Polillio

Each salvage job is unique. In the case of Pitney Farm, a portion of the grounds is to be converted into a public park. Some of the salvaged wood was set aside to build benches for the park. Real Antique Wood will repurpose the rest. “I’ve probably made 25 mantels from the beams of that barn already,” says Anthony Saraceno, who manages the mill and Real Antique Wood.

Source: How an Irvington Company Salvaged a Century-Old Barn | NJ Monthly

Virtuous circles: Can reusing building materials in new projects go mainstream? | News | Architects Journal

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‘To me, this indicates the need to further question the current practices of the construction sector. How is it that something so simple and obvious as keeping reusable resources intact and in circulation can have become so complicated to put into practice?’

Source: Virtuous circles: Can reusing building materials in new projects go mainstream? | News | Architects Journal

Casper Regional Landfill begins burying turbine blades

A semi-truck hauls a turbine blade to the Casper Regional Landfill to be disposed of.

They are making a pretty large profit from the deal; $675,485 to be exact. “So the revenue from the special projects, um, that go in the unlined area, help with the whole cost of our facility so it keeps all of our rates low. Helping with the revenue source, so absolutely, we’re making money on it.”

Source: Casper Regional Landfill begins burying turbine blades

Demolishing rectory in Owen Sound bad for conservation, environment: ACO | Owen Sound Sun Times

The historic St. Mary’s Catholic Church rectory in Owen Sound. The empire-style building was constructed in 1872. A wraparound porch was added in 1917 and was enclosed, as it appears today, in 1965. Denis Langlois

“Not only would we be destroying building materials superior in quality to what we can easily obtain today, we would be burning fossil fuels to transport these wasted materials to the landfill,” Elgie said. “Replacing these building materials extracts a huge toll on our natural environment – the fossil fuels burned, the greenhouse gases emitted, the air and water pollutants generated when new iron ore is mined, new steel smelted, new girders manufactured and transported to warehouses and ultimately Owen Sound – to mention just a few of the greenhouse gas-emitting steps in the construction process.”

Source: Demolishing rectory in Owen Sound bad for conservation, environment: ACO | Owen Sound Sun Times

New Vancouver Island ‘deconstruction’ company breaks down heritage houses by hand – Sooke News Mirror

The crews carefully deconstruct old homes to rescue as many reusable materials as possible, including old growth timber.
(Unbuilders photo)

With the climate crisis in our face, and the need to keep forests in the ground, Corneil recognized an opportunity for a holistic approach to demolition. He shifted his Vancouver construction business two years ago into a deconstruction company called the Unbuilders, and business is good.

Source: New Vancouver Island ‘deconstruction’ company breaks down heritage houses by hand – Sooke News Mirror

40,000 bricks for Whangārei’s Hundertwasser – NZ Herald

The volunteer group started recycling the bricks from the former Harbour Board building in 2018.

The volunteer group started recycling the bricks from the former Harbour Board building in 2018.

A community effort to recycle material from Whangārei’s old Harbour Board building has come to a close and after two and a half years of chipping, project leader Andrew Garratt is counting nearly 40,000 bricks to be used in the new Hundertwasser Arts Centre.

Source: 40,000 bricks for Whangārei’s Hundertwasser – NZ Herald

Why tomorrow’s architecture will use yesterday’s materials | Financial Times

Demounting ceramic tiles in the Institut de Génie Civil in Liège

A team of workers demounts ceramic tiles in the Institut de Génie Civil in Liège © OPHOTO

“We see this as a pilot project, research,” Devlieger says. “[We are] testing methods for the professionalisation of reuse. Architects sometimes don’t understand the power they have. They are diverting huge streams of money towards new materials when they specify and there are social, environmental and economic consequences of those decisions.”

Source: Why tomorrow’s architecture will use yesterday’s materials | Financial Times

US cities are losing 36 million trees a year. Here’s why it matters and how you can stop it – CNN

“Every time we put a road down, we put a building and we cut a tree or add a tree, it not only affects that site, it affects the region. The study placed a value on tree loss based on trees’ role in air pollution removal and energy conservation.

The lost value amounted to $96 million a year.”

Source: US cities are losing 36 million trees a year. Here’s why it matters and how you can stop it – CNN

The case for … never demolishing another building | Cities | The Guardian

Ethical bank Triodos claim their new headquarters is the world’s first totally demountable office building.

Ethical bank Triodos claim their new headquarters is the world’s first totally demountable office building. Photograph: Ossip van Duivenbode

With a structure made entirely from wood, it has been designed with mechanical fixings so that every element can be reused, with all material logged and designed for easy disassembly.

Source: The case for … never demolishing another building | Cities | The Guardian

Barn salvaged for art | Englewood Sun | yoursun.com

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Dale Galvin grinds nails from roofing along Old Englewood Road. Some of the roofing will be used to create artwork by artists Lisa McQueen and Gary Carlberg. Sun Photos by Sandy Macys

“People are stopping by asking for a piece of it because it’s a part of their childhood,” Parks said. “It was a part of my life. This is my grandmother’s homestead. My mother was born in 1924 and was raised here.”

Source: Barn salvaged for art | Englewood Sun | yoursun.com

With fate of LCUSD-owned Batchelder fireplace in limbo, old tiles are made new – Los Angeles Times

LCF Fireplace Visit

Alan Batchelder, during a 2018 visit to a building owned by La Cañada Unified School District, poses with a fireplace made in 1923 by his grandfather, Arts and Crafts tile artist Ernest Allan Batchelder.
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“We’re trying to get ideas from tile preservationists about what it would take to move and restore it,” said LCUSD Assistant Supt. Mark Evans. “The house is going to have to come down, so we’re looking at how do we salvage it and is there a home for it?”

Source: With fate of LCUSD-owned Batchelder fireplace in limbo, old tiles are made new – Los Angeles Times

The most exciting 2020 hotel openings – The Spaces

Courtesy Hotel Can Ferrereta

Found on Mallorca’s south-east coast, this 17th-century building will comprise 32 rooms, a spa with hammam and indoor pool. Can Ferrereta is inspired by the typical Spanish summer house: its light and airy design will champion original wooden beams, a cream palette and stone

Source: The most exciting 2020 hotel openings – The Spaces

In New Jersey, a Slow-Motion Evacuation From Climate Change | New Jersey News | US News

The Associated Press

A flood-plain forest grows now where there used to be houses in the Watson Crampton neighborhood in Woodbridge, N.J., as seen from the air on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The Heards Brook on the top meets the Woodbridge River on the left, which leads to the Atlantic Ocean. Homeowners here took buyouts through a program that purchases houses and demolishes them to remove people from danger and to help absorb water from rising sea levels due to climate change. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Blue Acres has so far lined up funding to buy 1,156 properties statewide. It has made offers on nearly 1,000 homes, closed deals on more than 700, and knocked down more than 640 in flood-danger areas across New Jersey, according to Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Source: In New Jersey, a Slow-Motion Evacuation From Climate Change | New Jersey News | US News

Wasted Potential: The consequences of New York City’s recycling failure

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The Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer, N.Y., pictured above, occupies 80 acres in this 3.3-square-mile city. New York City, 150 miles south, is the source of much of the construction debris dumped in the landfill, which sits less than a mile from the local public school complex and this baseball field where children play. | David Ellis of Rensselaer Environmental Coalition

“It’s a huge waste stream that has big potential for recyclability but needs both the infrastructure and the legislation to make that happen,” said Justin Green, executive director of Big Reuse, a nonprofit organization that works on repurposing building materials. As far back as 2003, city officials were looking for ways to curb construction waste that ended up in landfills. “It is the right thing to do, for the environmental benefits of resource conservation, energy savings and pollution prevention,” the Department of Design and Construction, which oversees municipal projects, urged in a report 17 years ago.

Source: Wasted Potential: The consequences of New York City’s recycling failure

Brad Guy – Planning and Conducting a Deconstruction | Online Webinar | January 16, 2020

For those interested in learning more about deconstruction and reuse in detail from the comfort of your office!

Deconstruction vs Demolition on-line webinar series (4 modules at 1-1/2 to 2 hrs each)

January 15 & 16, 2020

*Purpose and Benefits of Deconstruction (Jan 15 @ 12 to 2PM EST)

*Markets for Deconstructed Materials (Jan 15 @ 2:30 to 4PM EST)

*Material-Specific Deconstruction Methods (Jan 16 @ 12 to 1:30PM EST)

*Planning and Conducting a Deconstruction (Jan 16 @ 2 to 4PM EST)

The sessions will be recorded for any registrant to view at a later date, and one can enroll for 1 or up to all 4 modules independently.

CEUs available

Engineers:
2.0 PDHs

Architects:
2.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA:
2.0 LU|HSW

Source: Planning and Conducting a Deconstruction | Online Webinar | January 16, 2020

The most innovative adaptive reuse projects of 2019 – The Spaces

 

Washington DC’s first public library is now an Apple store

Photography: Nigel Young

Apple took on yet another renovation of a historically significant building in 2019, converting Washington DC’s first public library into a new flagship store. The restoration of the 116-year-old Carnegie Library by Foster + Partners took two years and involved installing a new skylight above a central plaza used for hosting events.

Source: The most innovative adaptive reuse projects of 2019 – The Spaces

A New Idea in Architecture? No New Buildings – Metropolis

For the architecture firm Schaum/Shieh, reuse necessarily means embracing the “background buildings” found throughout American suburbs, like the strip mall. In Houston, Schaum/Shieh retrofitted a midcentury washateria into a series of storefronts, while taking pains to highlight the craftsmanship of the original build. Courtesy Peter Molick

The building sector accounts for about a third of global fuel consumption, but its systematic energetic impact may be still greater. Because we sense the glow and hum of the machines around us, because we are accustomed to paying monthly energy bills and encouraged by the idea that adjusting the thermostat saves money—and, somehow, the planet—we may be more sensitive to running costs than to embodied energy. But, as Moe puts it in that interview, “that’s not really dealing with energy, that’s dealing with the fuel efficiency of a building, which is important, but missing the big picture.”

Source: A New Idea in Architecture? No New Buildings – Metropolis

Oregon’s Most Endangered Places for 2020 – Restore Oregon

Nominated from people and organizations across the state, Oregon’s Most Endangered Places list sheds light on important examples of our state’s heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. The 2020 list includes endangered places from communities that for too long have been underserved–that embody Oregon’s diverse cultural heritage and require concerted efforts to be retained and passed forward.

Source: Oregon’s Most Endangered Places for 2020 – Restore Oregon

| Lundberg Design – Lundberg/Breuer Cabin

Most of the project has been built using reclaimed materials from various projects over the years. The windows are all steel sash from, at last count, five different remodel projects. The pool is perhaps the most notable example; it used to be a water tank for livestock. At 25-feet diameter and 14-feet deep it provides a wonderful black hole of water, particularly in a full moon.

Source: | Lundberg Design

Balbek Bureau converts a San Francisco church into a startup incubator – Archpaper.com

While the main nave of the church serves as an impromptu auditorium, it’s ambulatory alcoves are fitted out as stationary lounges. (Slava Balbek)

Salvaging and restoring the historic features of the listed Our Lady of Guadalupe church, the firm implemented a scheme that makes good use of its dramatic nave and ambulatory alcoves. While the former plays host to a moveable seating and table system, the latter serves a series of stationary lounges. Together, they set the stage for anything from film-screenings to hackathons.

Source: Balbek Bureau converts a San Francisco church into a startup incubator – Archpaper.com

Dynamic duo – The Martha’s Vineyard Times

“The wood is generally all reclaimed pieces from when we do renovations or additions,” says the artist. “I work for a high-end company [John G. Early Contractor and Builder], so we have a lot of uncommon things — antique flooring, antique beams. It would normally be trash, but it’s completely usable. The older and more weathered it is, for me, the more appealing. I prefer that to something that’s too clean and polished.”

Source: Dynamic duo – The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Nonprofit Rescues, Revitalizes Area Historic Structures | Features | laduenews.com

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“It can be hard to describe exactly what we do because we do a lot! Our deconstruction team takes apart old buildings; our resale team finds new homes for the reclaimed materials; and our Refab Lab crew turns some of those materials into high-quality home furnishings. On top of all that, we provide training and reemployment opportunities to recently homeless men.”

Source: Nonprofit Rescues, Revitalizes Area Historic Structures | Features | laduenews.com

Facilities Reduction Program declares deconstruction pilot project a success > U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center 

Throwback from 2015.

Bhate employees work to deconstruct a chapel - one of three buildings selected for the deconstruction pilot program - on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Materials from the chapel were salvaged for reuse or recycle.

From the chapel, more than 250 tons of material was reused or recycled with almost 85 percent diversion, and nearly 700 tons of material was reused or recycled from the laundry with a 73 percent diversion rate. Overall, the three buildings totaled 1,717 tons of material of which 1,246 tons was reused or recycled, making the project a successful venture.

Source: Facilities Reduction Program declares deconstruction pilot project a success > U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center > News Stories

This New Building Is Made From Mushrooms That Actually Clean the Air | LIVEKINDLY

The Growing Pavilion is made with natural materials, including mycelium.

Produced by creative organization Company New Heroes and biotechnology company Krown Design, the biobased building — put in place for Dutch Design Week — was built using only materials that grow on this earth, including timber and mycelium.

Source: This New Building Is Made From Mushrooms That Actually Clean the Air | LIVEKINDLY

Century-old glove factory to anchor new, state-of-the-art centre – The Globe and Mail

Matt Bolen of Waterloo-based Edge Architects in front of the century-old Huck Glove factory before construction began.

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“Call it a new generation that doesn’t necessarily place the same value on suburban, shiny new things,” he says, explaining that younger employees want to live and work in communities with a history. “The great thing about these older buildings is they have a story that people can connect to.”

Source: Century-old glove factory to anchor new, state-of-the-art centre – The Globe and Mail

Salvaged goods can bring distinctive touch to modern homes –  The Columbus Dispatch – Columbus, OH

“I’m first and foremost a preservationist,” Sauer said. “I don’t like to see historic buildings come down.” But, when buildings are demolished or remodeled, saving as much as possible is important, Sauer said, noting, “I don’t like seeing this stuff end up in a landfill.”

Source: Salvaged goods can bring distinctive touch to modern homes – Real Estate – The Columbus Dispatch – Columbus, OH

13 Proposals to Boost Resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico

drawing shows warehouse full of materials that can be reused

Many Viequenses build their own homes, but this practice is hindered by the limited supply and high expense of building materials, which are shipped from the main island. The “Unearthing Resources” concept would help to make Vieques more self-sufficient by finding new uses for materials from the island’s growing landfill. The proposal would establish a warehouse for different categories of recycled materials, and provide educational resources for building techniques, including classes. An instructional booklet for materials reuse would help to evolve the culture of self-sufficiency.

Source: 13 Proposals to Boost Resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico

How we can recycle more buildings – Solid Waste & Recycling 

Policies worldwide recognize that the construction sector needs to take immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, tackle the climate crisis and limit resource depletion, with a focus on adopting a circular economy approach in construction to ensure the sustainable use of construction materials.

Instead of simply knocking buildings down and sending the CDW to landfill, circular construction would turn building components that are at the end of their service life into resources for others, minimizing waste.

Source: How we can recycle more buildings – Solid Waste & Recycling – Solid Waste & Recycling

Warming the soul and learning to ski in Switzerland – Manchester Evening News

The warm and vast pool at the spa at Tschuggen Grand Hotel (Image: Manchester Evening News)

Stretching over 800m, its relaxation pool is bordered by views of the snow covered mountains, the two saunas, one set at an eco friendly 60 degrees, are made from reclaimed wood and have windows that act as a portal to the icy, white world outside.

Source: Warming the soul and learning to ski in Switzerland – Manchester Evening News

These adaptive reuse hotel suites in Amsterdam are built inside old bridge houses

white hotel structure above water

The project is an ode to the industrial and cultural heritage of Amsterdam and brings to light the importance of water to the area. The suites, spread all throughout the city, are a love letter to Amsterdam architecture, from Amsterdam School to Modernism.

Source: These adaptive reuse hotel suites in Amsterdam are built inside old bridge houses

Uptown office building reborn as midcentury-inspired apartments – Curbed Chicago

A lounge with a tropical theme including palm leaf patterned paper on the ceiling, wicker lamps, brown leather chairs, and game tables.

The tropical game room features shuffle board, bumper pool, and foosball. Images courtesy of Cedar Street

“Mid-century modernism was a no-brainer as the source of inspiration for design,” Fritz tells Curbed. “Tiki lounges and mid-century go hand in hand. There was a sort of obsession with tropical environments in Hollywood movies of the era, and Hawaii became a state at the end of the era, forever enmeshing American and Polynesian culture.”

Source: Uptown office building reborn as midcentury-inspired apartments – Curbed Chicago

Bordeaux’s WWII submarine base will become the world’s biggest digital art centre – The Spaces

Bordeaux’s WWII submarine base will become the world’s biggest digital art centre

Courtesy of Culturespaces

The structure was first operational between 1941 and 1943, used by the Germans to house U-boats. The converted bunker has already hosted temporary shows and concerts, but now four of its sheds will become permanent exhibition spaces.

Source: Bordeaux’s WWII submarine base will become the world’s biggest digital art centre – The Spaces

Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention