Volunteer Jessica Chapin moves a ladder inside a house Saturday that is being deconstructed for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The Sartell home’s pieces will be sold at ReStore and profits will go to Habitat for Humanity. / Kaitlin Keane, firstname.lastname@example.org
“It’s a pilot program,” Ferguson said. “We’re still in the very infant stages.”
The deconstruction will provide ReStore with many materials. Ferguson said it is an older home, which usually has higher quality materials, but this particular house was also updated so it has good windows and doors for resale. Deconstructions generally provide better quality materials than donations, Ferguson said, and she hopes the St. Cloud ReStore will have more deconstruction opportunities in the future.
Almost every part of the school premises is made out of recycled material, including roofs made out of old hoardings, walls built from plastic bottles and hand-stitched uniforms made out of eco-friendly ‘khadi’, or handspun, cloth.
“It isn’t a marketing thing, it’s what we believe and how we live,” says Madhavi Kapur, who started the school in 2008 with just four students. The school now has more than 140 students studying up to grade five.
“We didn’t have too much money to begin with, and one of my (former) students, who is an architect came up with the idea of using recycled materials to build the school on a piece of land leased to me by my brother,” she said.
HAMDEN — After nine weeks of training, six formerly unemployed adults are on their way to making a new livelihood with a new way of doing business.
It’s called deconstruction, and the concept is carefully to take down, not tear down, buildings so that materials can be saved and reused.
The Workforce Alliance provided a $49,500 grant that paid for tuition and materials to Gateway, and DeRisi taught the class once a week at the M.L. Keefe Community Center.
McCullough and Blakeslee said they were in the construction field previously.
“I was out of work for 2½ years. I really enjoyed it,” McCullough said of learning the new skill. “You can save 95 percent of the materials, and they’re reusable.”
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Recycled building materials can cut down on the environmental impact of construction projects when they are chosen wisely, with an awareness of the distance traveled, resource use involved in their production, and composition. Many large communities have a facility or facilities that handle reclaimed and recycled materials, and it may also be possible to go directly through a contractor for some products. Consumers who want to use recycled building materials should be aware of the risk of greenwashing, where companies make environmental claims that are not actually backed by the products they produce.
It is important to distinguish between recycled and reclaimed or salvaged materials. Recycled building materials are made with some percentage of post-consumer content and can include things like glass, engineered wood products, ceramics, and so forth. Reclaimed and salvaged materials are used materials that are removed during demolition and other activities, cleaned up, and sold for reuse. It is possible to use a mixture of recycled and reclaimed materials, depending on the need.
Tim Raquet of Dexter, an employee of Habitat for Humanity, removes aluminum from a village-owned home. The removed pieces will be sold to benefit the organization.
Paul Tamoshunas of Ann Arbor removes salvageable pieces while on the roof of the Forest Street home.
The second annual Salvage Bride workshop is a two-hour class designed to inspire creative ways to make a wedding distinctive and personal with recycled materials.
Rachel Levien, former manager of The RE Store, dreamed up the original workshop last year when she and then-fiancé Ben began planning their own wedding. “I started seeing everything around me in terms of potential ‘wedding value’,” she recalls.
Since she spent her workdays among the recycled building materials for sale at The RE Store, “I guess it’s only natural that I started fixating on things like vintage plumbing, chandelier crystals, skeleton keys and old doors,” she says.
The Geauga County Habitat for Humanity ReStore has exceeded its first-year revenue projections by more than 100 percent and saved more than 200 tons of products from being sent to a landfill or otherwise wasted, its manager said.
Marlena Sessions, chief executive officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, said the program has trained 50 students to date, of which 40 are already employed. The highest salary so far is $25 per hour while the lower range is around $10. Students were previously not working or were under-employed.
“Even in light of the Great Recession, there are opportunities out there so we need to match employers’ needs,” she said. “When you have these people working, all becoming taxpayers, it stands to reason it will help us all by getting them trained for new jobs and new careers.”
In total, the deconstruction program will train 130 people. Three classes have been completed since January and four more are planned throughout the summer.
The course, entitled ‘Green Building: Construction Administration’ taught employees from Heritage Disposal how proper planning in the pre-phase stage can help identify materials that can be recycled or salvaged before they’re taken to a landfill.
“Construction and demolition waste accounts for as much as 30% of all waste in our landfills so we’re trying to reduce, salvage and recycle as much as we can. Sometimes all we need to do is a simple sorting before dumping the waste materials off at the landfill. It’s an extra step we’re happy to take and our customers are pleased knowing that we do everything we can to reduce the amount of waste in our landfills,” said Don Mulder of Heritage Disposal, LLC (http://www.heritagedisposal.com/).
Bank of America will contribute towards the cost of demolishing or deconstructing any deteriorating buildings. Similar plans have been previously announced in Detroit and Chicago as Bank of America addresses the problems caused by a growing inventory of abandoned and uninhabitable properties.
“Unfortunately, many homeowners faced with unemployment, underemployment and other economic hardships have transitioned to alternative housing situations, and in many cases have walked away from their homes, leaving behind vacant and deteriorating properties that can cause neighborhood blight,” said Rebecca Mairone, national mortgage outreach executive for Bank of America Home Loans.
The GBRC provides free information to the public on green building through some 50 exhibits and interactive displays, as well as a library of materials and resource guides. All displays are donated, but are included by invitation only after thorough evaluation by the center’s program director. The displays are hands-on and child friendly, offering tips on renewable energy sources, lighting efficiency and sustainable building materials and practices as well as information on sustainable lifestyle strategies.
Board members say they have made tough economic decisions to remain viable but haven’t abandoned ReUse’s principles.
“We are getting a handle on things that were financial and management stresses in the organization for some time,” said Vincent Kuntz, ReUse’s president. “Clearly, there are some who didn’t agree with how the board was doing it, but we are quite confident we are in a stronger position than before.”
Added board member Michelle Johnson: “I feel very confident, and I haven’t for a very long time.”
Some former staffers say things were dire before they left.
The financial picture was so bleak by early May that staff didn’t know if the ReUse store would be open from one day to the next, said Cerrina Bower, former assistant store manager.
ReUse’s debt approached $100,000, Hayes said.
Green job training in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington D.C. is about to be significantly expanded with the $8M grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit education and workforce development organization.
The GreenWays Initiative will focus on developing skills for training green collar workers in 4 specific areas: green building construction, auto technology, manufacturing, and utilities.
Because of the large number of abandoned and foreclosed properties, green building projects – from deconstruction to energy efficient building – will be the primary focus in Detroit where 2,000 green building jobs are expected to be added in the next five years. Washington D.C. funds will also focus on green building and green construction knowledge specifically weatherization and insulation, green roof maintenance, solar panel installation, green building maintenance, green cement masonry, and helper and apprentice positions with 17 construction unions.
NASA’s Sustainability Base, a US $20 million unique building that incorporates technology used by astronauts, is expected to open in mid July in the Silicon Valley of California. NASA set out to build the federal government’s most sustainable building. It will generate more electricity than it consumes, and each part of the building performs an environmental function. Local building materials were used to help reduce emissions from transportation, and construction waste was recycled.
The building uses recycled glass, carpeting and furniture. The oak flooring was salvaged from a demolished wind tunnel facility.
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This event at HauteGREEN in New York was a big success, thanks to the thought-provoking design and insightful discussion from Dwell Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe and designers Carlos Salgado of Scrapile, Tejo Remy of Droog fame, and Matt Gagnon. The conversation touched on a variety of issues surrounding the concepts and processes behind using reclaimed materials in different scales of design, and its implications for both environmental sustainability as well as more conceptual and cultural themes.
spanish based practice castillo/miras arquitectos has recently restored an observation tower in huercal-overa, spain.
a winding rustic stone path leads visitors up the sides of the existing plateau towards the contemporary structure
adjacent to the tower. concealed within the minimalist cylindrical form, visitors climb a spiral staircase with intermittent
panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. upon reaching the highest point, visitors are directed towards a
pedestrian bridge leading to the towers entry door. beyond the door lies the interior space consisting of vigilantly restored
brick vaults and wood floors.
See more amazing photos via castillo/miras arquitectos: restoration of a tower in huercal-overa.
“Where most people only see waste, upcyclers see opportunity,” says Linda Bodo, the author of The Art of Upcycle. “Common day-to-day cast-offs are skillfully persuaded into a new function while still maintaining their previous character. Taking stewardship of our planet is a serious responsibility, but it can be done with a sense of humour.
June 29 — Steve Apotheker, a leader and advocate in the recycling world since the late 1970s, died on June 20 in Portland, Ore., after a six-year battle with multiple systems atrophy. He was 58.
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video How to Salvage Old Barn Wood
Learn the basics of salvaging old barn wood for new uses such as furniture, hardwood floors, and other home and architectural elements.
The inspiration for this chair came from seeing one on a pier at Lake Tahoe. It’s big – seating two pretty comfortably – and tall, affording a nice view along with protection from cannonballs and wet dogs.
This one is made from lumber recycled from a redwood deck we ripped out. The weathering, stains and screw holes all add to character of the chair even after rigorous sanding on the seat, footrest, arms and back. With ‘free’ lumber, the cost for this chair was two boxes of screws, some glue and sand paper. (And in my case, a belt sander – but that’s an investment, right?)
“The Big Crunch” by Raumlabor is a recycled building made from a heap of discarded objects. The mound of materials is condensed in a theater plaza from all over the area, seemingly to move like a small wave cresting on the Georg-Büchner-Platz grounds in Darmstadt, Germany. Made from cast away household materials ranging from fridges to windows, furniture, and doors, the installation is a stormy, absurdist habitation.
The home had many layers of lead paint and asbestos which required abatement. Once that was complete, Greenworx began the deconstruction of the home, starting with the roof and working their way down to dirt. Each material was sorted and source separated to achieve the maximum purity of individual materials for recycling and reuse. That is something that cannot be done with traditional tear down demolition. The project generated a total of 162.7 tons of material, of which 130.16 tons were recycled and salvaged, achieving a diversion rate of 81.29% on the project.
Construction professionals at Jones Lang LaSalle recycled more than 72 percent of all building material waste from new construction, renovation and tenant fit-out projects in the Washington, DC area in 2010.Across the 42 projects monitored last year, 1,233 tons of construction waste was recycled, including 302 tons of metal, 165 tons of wood and 313 tons of drywall gypsum.Jones Lang LaSalles DC Construction team created a program in 2009 to monitor building waste and to divert as much waste as possible from landfills by reusing it in another application or otherwise recycling it.
South of downtown Seattle is an old Boeing airplane assembly plant that produced nearly 7000 Flying Fortresses while hidden beneath a roof with a fake suburban neighborhood on top. The site is now the source for a huge lumber salvage operation – Duluth Timber Company is now deconstructing the 1.7 million square foot facility and reclaiming the lumber for real homes. The beauty of reclaimed lumber is not just in its quality and size but in its history – and the 1/4 million board feet that will come out of this deconstruction has a lot of tales to tell.
Ten years from now the Emscher River in Germany, currently a canal between two dykes, will be returned to its natural state as a river. In celebration of the renaturification, the Dutch art group Observatorium built a habitable wooden bridge from reclaimed timbers to span the space where the river will eventually flow again. For the summer of 2010, Warten auf den Fluss was open to visitors and overnight guests so they could explore the area and experience the land that would soon be taken over by the river.
Centennial Woods reclaims wood from snow fences across Wyoming and sells the sustainable harvested wood for both interior and exterior applications. The wood is a stunning mixture of grays and browns in unique grain patterns that are characteristic of the windblown state of Wyoming. The company has repurposed more than 5 million feet of snow fence, saving snow fence owners more than $9 million and avoiding more than 9,000 tons of CO2 emissions. Unlike other reclaimed woods, Centennial Woods’ have never been painted or chemically treated, and are completely free of lead and other hazardous treatments common in older barns and other structures.
Slated for forced demolition, can the colossal Â Phonehenge West yet be saved?
Marvel at the work that goes into such decade-spanning, single-person construction projects, the authorities are not always as impressed – one man may learn this lesson the hard way.
Sherill Baldwin Wins BMRA Innovation Award
The BMRA awarded its 2011 Innovation Award to Sherill Baldwin, an Environmental Analyst with the Source Reduction and Recycling branch of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. According to the BMRA Awards Committee, it was Sherill’s work in originating and facilitating the Connecticut Materials Reuse Network (CT MRN) that demonstrated the innovation required in this award.
The Connecticut MRN is a novel group made up of a wide range of Northeast US based organizations interested in reuse, including: construction, demolition, green building, and deconstruction businesses; universities, colleges and technical high schools; environmentalists; waste collectors and haulers; recycling businesses; reuse businesses and other retail operations; and historical preservationists.
Ed Cescutti, Habitat for Humanity, takes a gutter off a building at the intersection of West 5th Street and North 4th Avenue on Thursday. Habitat for Humanity is salvaging building materials from two buildings on the Floyd Medical Center Campus. (Ryan Smith, RN-T.com)
Two vacant buildings set to be demolished turned into something that will benefit countless people.
For nearly a week, volunteers from Rome-Floyd Habitat for Humanity have salvaged building items from two buildings owned by Floyd Medical Center on the corner of North Fourth Avenue and West Fifth Street.
The Green Project is giving away certain building supplies through June 11 at its nonprofit building supply retail store at 2831 Marais St. It’s the third year the reuse store has provided residents with free building supplies in an effort to make sure the salvaged and deconstructed materials it collects are returned to use in the community. It’s also an opportunity for low-income homeowners to improve their property while conserving resources.
This is an unusual post for the RA seeing how we focus on the reuse of existing building materials. Being from South Jersey, I know it is important to support any business that is recycling and reusing materials (even if it is there own manufacturing waste material). The culture of reuse is not as strong in New Jersey as it is in other areas of the country. Which is a shame since it contains very unique wilderness and is so darn pretty in places!
I appreciate the effort of Manning Mills tremendously. Thanks!
Last year, Mannington’s two biggest factories – the one in South Jersey and one in Calhoun, Ga., used 190 pounds of recycled material in their products for every 100 pounds of waste generated through their manufacturing.
Way to go Calgary! I will be watching this story because I believe in landfill mining. I think it is a great way to decrease waste but also because of the archaeological and historical possibilities.
Construction materials that have been buried for nearly two decades could be given new life if the city decides to go through with a proposal to mine an old southeast landfill.
A proposal is on the table to begin extracting potentially recyclable materials from Ogden Landfill — a site that was closed in 1994.
Dave Griffiths, director of waste and recycling services, said the site was a former dumping ground for construction and demolition materials.
“I can tell you that in the history of that site, there was a lot of tonnage that went into that site but a lot of it went in the way of concrete and asphalt and it could be reclaimed for aggregate and taken out.”
Palo Alto’s oldest residence is being taken apart “brick by brick, board by board,” to the dismay of history buffs who have long fought to save it.
The dismantling of the Juana Briones House began Friday, said Kent Mitchell, a lawyer for the property’s owners. He said the city last week reinstated a demolition permit on hold since its issuance in 2007 due to a legal challenge by preservationists.
“For people who have been involved, it’s sad news,” said Scott Smithwick, president of the Palo Alto Stanford Heritage preservation group. “Not unexpected, but sad.”
Briones, a successful rancher and businesswoman, built the home at 4155 Old Adobe Road in the 1840s. The city initially fought plans by current owners Jaim Nulman and Avelyn Welczer to demolish the historic structure. The Friends of the Juana Briones House then took up the fight but ultimately lost when the California Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal of a lower court’s ruling favoring the owners.
Construction and demolition debris take up more than one-third of landfill space annually, but on average, more than 60 percent of a house – and in some cases, more than 75 percent – could be reused or recycled, says Bradley Guy, who researches architecture and deconstruction at The Catholic University of America.
With only some new materials used in the renovation, all of the removed supplies were reintroduced to the home.
Ingeniously, they managed to salvage the cypress boards that composed the home’s south-facing wall and deck for use in the new addition. The original siding was repurposed to serve as the new siding, stair treads and scrim material, allowing the house to keep its aged patina. Not only did this save money and natural resources, but it kept that old, cozy feeling that made the home’s exterior so great. New materials would have needed another 35 years of aging to achieve that same effect.
Designed by Studio Hindia, the Smile Stool is made from scrap wood left over from local Balinese furniture maker studios and finished with coconut oil. Standing happy and always smiling, this bent wood stool is in fact a comment on the sad situation of the declining Indonesian furniture industry.
Shortly after 9/11, designer Ismael Quintero spotted a fire hydrant lid on the sidewalk that gave him the inspiration for this poetic Odyssey lamp. Made from recycled green beer bottles and embossed with the phrase “Nostri Lumen Est Una” which means “our light is one,” the lamp was designed to help people remember that tragic day while at the same time healing from it.
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London West, UK – Eat your heart out Albert Steptoe: architects and clients alike are seeking discarded materials for their buildings, driven by environmental concerns, the recession and the look of it. But it’s more than cosmetic: if you want to use recycled stuff in your project you’ll have to start thinking differently about design.
When Martin Pawley wrote Garbage Housing in 1975 he thought of using all sorts of consumer waste, from car tyres and body parts, the Heineken World Bottle which stacked as a brick and newsprint cores. But there’s an easier way: use waste from the construction industry.
Deconstruction vs. Demolition
May 20, 2011 by Mike Gold · Leave a Comment
According to the National Association of Home Builders, about 245,000 homes and apartments are demolished every year, generating 74 million tons of waste. This construction and demolition (C&D) waste includes concrete, wood, brick, asphalt, metals, glass, and typically ends up in landfills. But by deconstructing instead of demolishing these homes and apartments, much of these materials can be put to good use.
Home deconstruction is the process of taking a building apart with the intention of salvaging all or part of the materials – and it’s a growing movement in the building industry. Deconstruction not only makes it possible to reuse materials, it also has these “green” benefits:
It reduces greenhouse gases, as well as noise pollution
Cuts the amount of materials going to a landfill
Exposes the possibility of unforeseen hazardous waste
Homes that make the best candidates for deconstruction are either older homes that contain high-quality materials like old-growth lumber and hand-crafted moldings or new houses with modern, high-performance features, like energy-efficient windows.
If you would like more information about deconstruction, contact Habitat ReStores at habitat.org/env.restore.html, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance at ilsr.org or ask for referrals at your local recycling center.
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The first ReStore opened in the mid-1980s in Winnipeg, Canada, followed by the first U.S. store in Austin, as a way for Habitat to raise revenue and promote its message of sustainability, says Larry Gluth, Habitat senior vice president.
The concept has grown continually the past 10 years and there are more than 750 stores nationwide with total sales estimated at between $350 million and $400 million annually, he says. “The number is continuing to grow,” Gluth says.
Materials that are salvaged will be brought to Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, located in Dover, and will be sold to benefit the building of future Habitat for Humanity homes. The fee paid to Habitat for Humanity for the deconstruction will also be used to fund future and current Habitat for Humanity projects.
In addition to helping build Habitat houses, the average deconstruction also salvages 60 percent to 90 percent of the materials, vastly reducing the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill. To finish the massive project, Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity is aiming to have a crew of up to 20 volunteers to work on site for four or five days each week. The crews will be led by an experienced builder who has built hundreds of homes and renovated hundreds more.
The long-embroiled, twice-sold but never-opened Radisson hotel near New Castle this week took a new role — salvage site.
Habitat for Humanity is salvaging never-used material in the longtime white elephant from sinks to lights in its 193 rooms and halls.
“It’s like a ghost ship,” said Brian Cunningham, spokesman for nonprofit Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County.
Material reuse has been a wildly popular trend in sustainable architecture over the last decade. Using old materials and giving them a new life in a building not only keeps those materials from wasting away in a landfill, but also adds a considerable amount of character to the finished project. Architect Alejandro Bahamón and artist Maria Camila Sanjinés were fascinated by the use of waste in architecture and decided to document 33 projects from around the world that extensively utilize a wasted material in their new book, REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture. We had a chance to catch up with Alejandro Bahamón about his latest work — read on for our exclusive interview!