Home deconstruction: Can an entire house be recycled? – CSMonitor.com Kansas


Jack Williams and Jane York had their Kansas home ‘deconstructed’ and the materials resold or reused.

Photos courtesy of Jack Williams

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.

“Deconstruction, although it’s difficult to do, offers a lot of opportunities,” says Jesse White, creator of deconstructioninstitute.com and owner of an architectural salvage store in Sarasota, Fla.

via Home deconstruction: Can an entire house be recycled? – CSMonitor.com.

Re-Cover House is the Ultimate in Recycling-Remodeling | Calfinder Remodeling Blog

 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.

via Re-Cover House is the Ultimate in Recycling-Remodeling | Calfinder Remodeling Blog.

Smile Stools Take on a Cheery Form with Eco-friendly Recycled Wood | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World


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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.

via Smile Stools Take on a Cheery Form with Eco-friendly Recycled Wood | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

Glass ‘Odyssey Lamp’ Gives Recycled Bottles a New Life | Inhabitat



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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.


via Glass ‘Odyssey Lamp’ Gives Recycled Bottles a New Life | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

Not just any old rubbish – SalvoNews.com

I love Salvo News!

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.


via Not just any old rubbish – SalvoNews.com.

Deconstruction vs. Demolition : Mike J. Gold’s Blog

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

Creates jobs

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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via Deconstruction vs. Demolition : Mike J. Gold’s Blog.

Habitat ReStore outlets growing – USATODAY

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.


via Habitat ReStore outlets growing – USATODAY.com.

Colcord Hall Deconstruction | New Hampshire



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.


via Colcord Hall Deconstruction | SeacoastOnline.com.

Delaware charity: Fixtures from never-opened hotel go to Habitat for Humanity | The News Journal | delawareonline.com

Reclaimed fixtures to benefit Habitat for Humanity

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.


Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon – Inhabitat

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!

via INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’ Rematerial Book Review – Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

Sarasota’s Architectural Salvage wedding: Something old, nothing new | HeraldTribune.com (Florida)

Emily Conlisk and Steven Tanner leave as bride and groom to greet wedding guests at the entrance of Sarasota Architectural Salvage on April 16. The bride and groom chose the location for their nuptials as part of an effort to use all recycled materials, from the bride’s wedding gown to table centerpieces. CORRESPONDENT PHOTOS / MATT HOUSTON

“When we thought about doing a unique wedding, it occurred to us that since Emily is devoted to recycling and she loves to creatively repurpose everything, that a ceremony in the salvage yard side garden with the reception inside the store might be just the thing.”

Sarasota’s Architectural Salvage wedding: Something old, nothing new | HeraldTribune.com.

BottomFeeder and Garbage Fish

I just finished reading BottomFeeder: How to eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe.  I fancy myself well informed when it comes to oceanic issues and the health of the world’s oceans (focusing mostly on garbage gyres).  But I was blown away by how much I didn’t know about the state of the world’s fish!  Environmental reporting literature usually sends me into a spiral of species-hatred (my own), depression and finally lingering guilt.  However, Grescoe has accomplished what other reporters have missed, which is to leave me feeling informed and eager to try out my newly uploaded knowledge about seafood.  For example, I will eat more sardines, anchovies, mackerel and smaller mid-level zone fish.  I will never touch another can of tuna, unless the world governments and fishing industry make some serious changes.  That is not to say that BottomFeeder isn’t a powerful book full of stories that will depress you about both fish and people.  But the information is balanced out by the notion that you can immediately address your impact – become a bottom feeder.

To celebrate my newly acquired knowledge, I present to you two artists work of garbage sculptures of fish, which I found on a great site called Recycleart.org

yukari1 Rubbish fish art : Yodogawa Technique

yukari2 Rubbish fish art : Yodogawa Technique

yukari3 Rubbish fish art : Yodogawa Technique

Artists Hideaki Shibata and Kazuya Matsunaga came together in 2003 as Yodogawa Technique to create works from the rubbish and miscellaneous objects found along Osaka’s Yodogawa River. Working with discarded consumer goods and driftwood, the crafty duo made sculptural pieces that are like physical collages and that initially do not even appear as if they are made from garbage.

++ Yukari Art Contemporary

Four questions for a pro: Jessie White of Sarasota Architectural Salvage | HeraldTribune.com (Florida)

I found this article on my daily morning news hunt. I just posted the question I thought the most interesting, but the article itself is only okay.  I am encouraged to see more companies being created around building salvage (especially in Florida!!).  I will always post these types of news bits.  To see all four questions use the article link below.  Enjoy!

Jesse White, owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage, in the “Side Yard” of his Central Avenue business. His company provides used building materials and other items reclaimed from deconstructed buildings. STAFF PHOTO / HAROLD BUBIL

Q:How do you get jobs doing architectural recycling work?

A:Our contacts are builders, home owners and demolition contractors, and we are called to go into a building and pull out anything of value before it gets knocked down.

We recently got our license to do demolition ourselves, so I’m hoping we will get contracts, and, in the process, save 20 to 40 percent of the building by doing a whole-house deconstruction.

via Four questions for a pro: Jessie White of Sarasota Architectural Salvage | HeraldTribune.com.

Chicago, Illinois Welcomes New Reuse Center

The ReBuilding Exchange has what executive director Elise Zelechowski calls a “triple bottom line goal”: to help the environment by keeping materials out of landfills (her organization estimates more than 40 percent of landfill waste is building materials); to provide job training in building deconstruction and material reuse to hard-to-employ Chicagoans (all of their trainees are ex-offenders); and to provide building materials at affordable prices.

via Bucktown / Wicker Park: RedEye ‘Hoods – Shop salvaged materials at new reuse center.

ReUse Haus, a miniature dwelling made with used materials, on display at AltBuild | L.A. at Home | Los Angeles Times


When it comes to green building, energy efficiency gets most of the attention. If reused building materials are discussed, it’s usually in context of de-construction, not re-construction using materials from demolished or remodeled homes.

The ReUse Haus on display at the AltBuild Expo running through Saturday in Santa Monica focuses on the reconstruction. The mini house, left, is meant to show that a recycled home “doesn’t have to look like a tree house,” said Ted Reiff, co-founder of the Oakland-based deconstruction firm the Reuse People.

via ReUse Haus, a miniature dwelling made with used materials, on display at AltBuild | L.A. at Home | Los Angeles Times.

Dismantling of Davy Crockett picking up speed | The Columbian (Oregon)

The Coast Guard conducted a media tour of the derelict Davy Crockett on Thursday, showcasing the progress of its deconstruction. The stern, at top, was refloated a few days ago after it was cut free from the rest of the 432-foot-long barge. The midship section remains submerged and will be cut up by divers working underwater. A coffer dam of metal sheet pilings surrounds the vessel, containing oil and other pollutants.

Photo by Steven Lane

The Coast Guard conducted a media tour of the derelict Davy Crockett on Thursday, showcasing the progress of its deconstruction. The stern, at top, was refloated a few days ago after it was cut free from the rest of the 432-foot-long barge. The midship section remains submerged and will be cut up by divers working underwater. A coffer dam of metal sheet pilings surrounds the vessel, containing oil and other pollutants.

via Dismantling of Davy Crockett picking up speed | The Columbian.

Former flower farm being deconstructed – Yamhill Valley News Register (Oregon)

Wayne Stocks, Habitat’s lead person on the project, said Cascade initially invited Habitat in just to cherry pick items from the site, such as fixtures, cabinets and doors. But an offer was made and accepted to deconstruct the buildings as well.

“It’s a really neat deal,” Stocks said. “I haven’t really heard of any other large companies thinking that green.”

Stocks hopes to limit waste for the landfill to a single large truckload. “Everything else will be reused, resold or recycled,” he said.

“That’s a huge savings to the environment,” he said. “Cascade Steel is really thinking out of the box here.”

via Former flower farm being deconstructed.

Le Mars Daily Sentinel: Local News: Landfill construction recycling is one-of-a-kind program (04/27/11)

The Plymouth County Landfill has taken recycling a step further than any other landfill in Iowa.

It is the first in the state to have a Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling program, said Mark Kunkel, landfill manager.

Since starting in January, about 130 tons of asphalt shingles, wood without paint or stain, concrete and metal have been removed from the C&D area of the landfill, he said.

“That was sorted out. It will not be buried,” Kunkel added. “It was all recycled.”

via Le Mars Daily Sentinel: Local News: Landfill construction recycling is one-of-a-kind program (04/27/11).

T.O.M.T. Refitting the Planet

In the mail today I found The Other Man’s Treasures waiting for me.  T.O.M.T. is a studio located in New York.  Reuse inspiration never came in a cooler package!

T.O.M.T.™ (or The Other Man’s Treasures) is the best friend for trashed or forgotten objects and anything else you might throw away or overlook in your garages, pantries and other storage spaces.

Because of this orientation, T.O.M.T.™ has been referred to as a recycling company on occasion.

Well … we see ourselves as more than that, and something altogether different. Beyond bags of bottles and cans, beyond the corrugated cardboard boxes tied with string, beyond the papers and organic waste bins, lies a whole world of objects that are discarded with no regard. We find these objects, considered too “difficult” to recycle, all over this great city of Gotham. Our vigilante mission has been to recover and reassign the purpose of these objects. T.O.M.T.™ is our abandoned-object Batcave, and the endeavor of refitting the planet™ is already underway. The key to saving these forgotten objects is just keeping our eyes open and being open and ready to spot what we like to call “objects of desire” – old appliances, tires, whatever! We at T.O.M.T.™ like to think that we’re giving old junk and ordinary objects a new lease on life. In fact, after they’ve gotten the T.O.M.T.™ treatment, these objects take center stage as useful, beautiful, “high-end” furnishings. “It’s time for some of this stuff to live in the limelight!” says Trice. “No object has been neglected too long, been tossed too far or is too ordinary to be a star.” We don’t promise to know what to do with every misplaced object out there in the world, but we do believe there is some purpose to everything. Nothing is truly garbage. That’s fundamental to our philosophy. via About T.O.M.T..

T.O.M.T Refrigerator Door Dressing Mirror (one of my favorites!)

National Center for Craftsmenship certifies Women Deconstructionists

Almost one year ago today the National Center for Craftsmanship completed the deconstruction of the Steele’s Market Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The project launched the first program to train and certify women in the trade of Deconstruction.  Over 90% of the building was deconstructed.

“Craftspeople across the country are literally a dying breed” says Neil Kaufman,
Executive Director of NCC. “Our community’s trade and craftspeople are
disappearing faster than we can train their replacements. Deconstruction allows
potential future craftspeople to work with the same tools and materials that they
will eventually learn to build with”.

However, the Steele’s project provided another unique benefit: the first program in the country to train women transitioning from Community Corrections back into the general population. The Steele’s project included five women who were certified as Deconstruct Technicians completing a 200-hour training program, the most rigorous of its kind in the world.

See full article here: 

NCC Certifies Women Deconstructors

Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention