If you have a piece of furniture you are about to throw away, or saw abandonned in the street, tell me and I will do my best to give it a second life!
Source: Karel Woodcraft – Repairs
RenoCyclage is a business based in Montreal, Canada, that offers expertise in deconstruction, recovery and reuse of materials for the growing sustainable development sector. They have just released their first newsletter called the ReNews
This is a well written and inspirational publication (even if it is in French*). We whole-heartily recommend signing up for it (and not just because of the nice write up of the RA at the bottom). Congratulations RénoCyclage!
GreenBuild 2013: materials second life speak
GreenBuild is the largest conference and exhibition for green building in the world. This year, from November 20 to 22, more than 25,000 people are expected to Philadelphia. Among a hundred interventions, two lectures will focus on the recovery and reuse of materials of construction. The first, After the Storm: Recovering (Materials) from a Natural Disaster , will discuss how the industry can benefit from the deposits of materials generated by natural disasters. The secondReincarnation Additional Lives for Building Materials , will supply the best strategies used materials.
Will you be part of?
“ÉcoEntrepreneur” a new Quebec certification for green entrepreneurs
La Belle Province has now added a new certification program developed by Archibio contractors for the renovation and construction that are committed to building healthy, green homes, observing a number of practices, including recovery and reuse of materials. The ÉcoEntrepreneurs be accredited at the end of training, examination and completion of a green building certified by one of the industry standards. The official launch of the program took place Tuesday, October 29 at B-Loft , an industrial building being residential transformation by Groupe Dargis first accredited ÉcoEntrepreneur.
Congratulations to Archibio and its partners for this green initiative!
Bobby McGee: a coffee bistro for the love of materials
Bobby McGee is a café-bistro the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal. Until 2012, it could go unnoticed, but since its renovation and expansion in 2013, the traffic is increasing. The talent of the chef is probably no stranger to this popularity, as well as beer choices on the menu, the view of the local church, his private rear terrace, local artists exhibited here, as well as wide selection of vinyl and used books for sale at a good price on the floor and in the basement. But the most charming local citizens is undoubtedly temperamental style of the place, marked by a love of materials and their reuse in which the owner, Patrick Pilon, applied in every nook and cranny. “I am shocked by the ugliness and waste”, confesses that host the kindness seamless and endless enthusiasm, who went through the aesthetic vision that lived and now he lives.
The autopsy reveals the completed project used materials from multiple sources. The deconstruction of the rear shed, dating as the rest of the building in 1929, offered an abundance of wood for making counters and woodwork. Waste from each making others happy, wardrobe and antique oak doors were salvaged from the trash neighbor, who was renovating in a decidedly different philosophy. Other doors, dated 1866, were found on the internet with planks and beams.The furniture is also honored to reuse, with benches and chairs recovered jeans found here and there, but all pretty odd. Centerpieces and real local sights, two individual seats tram enthroned in a corner and come from a car that was a line in service on the St. Catherine at the beginning of the last century. Patrick was unearthed in a retro flea market neighborhood. To this finally adds components of the original building that has chosen to make visible and to value, such as hardwood floors, walls of concrete blocks molded antique and joists basement in western hemlock. In short, a mosaic of components for a warm look, full of stories!
As with any project of reusing materials of its kind, the greatest challenges, insist Patrick were the uncountable hours and especially ingenuity required, found in the person of Eric Guitard, the man responsible for the work in 1000 talents . All in will be worth it, as you can see by visiting the place in pictures or in person, espresso in hand, at 3213 Ontario Street East .
Long life materials and Bobby McGee!
University Research: Want materials used
Julien Beaulieu, studying civil engineering and environment at Concordia University, conducts research on the reusability of materials in new construction. The projected five-storey, 95,000 square feet (4,400 m2) building will incorporate 20% of used mainly brick components, steel beams and galvanized sheet.
RénoCyclage supports this research and is aptly in a context where feasibility studies are still pending in Quebec as elsewhere, to pave the way for the re-use and provide academic legitimacy to the practice.
Check Voirvert.ca for contact information and details of the project.
Scotland launches electronic materials exchange portal
The Construction Material Exchange , a materials exchange portal, was recently created by the Scottish government agency Resource Efficient Scotland . Although the counter is still zero, the portal hopes to make transit annually on its website a flow of 7.4 million tons of debris from construction. Several online tools are currently being developed to make the connection between the supply and demand of used material, which at the moment are struggling to meet, remain latent and thus prevent the market to develop its full potential.
Deconstruction preserves the material and monetary wealth in the neighborhoods of Washington DC
A recent article published in the American webzine Elevation DC provides a good picture of the real estate residential deconstruction, its challenges and its benefits to the local economy. The article is an example among other Community Forklift , a health reuse of materials to non-profit founded by Jim Schulman and well known in the capital. The center creates jobs and maintains outstanding architectural heritage, while recording annual sales of $ 1.7 million. Across the country, reuse centers of this kind would total a market of more than 500,000 million.
Would you like to start a similar business in your neighborhood? This is a project that covets RénoCyclage.
Read the full article: ” Deconstruction value and keeps dollars in DC’s neighborhoods . “
Station no. 1: an exemplary architectural reuse
Station no. 1 is located in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal in 1903. First power station relaying the city Shawinigan Water and Power Company, it became a hundred years later, a vibrant residential cooperative housing 74. Among several features that make it a complex environmental quality, the project has the distinction of being recovered and reused nearly 100,000 bricks during the transformation of the building. No new brick has been laid! Completed in 2011 and aiming for LEED certification for new construction, the station no. 1 has recently earned one of the Canadian Green Building Awards 2013 . Commissioned by the organization Build the neighborhood, the project is the work of the architectural firm Aedifica and carrying out the work was entrusted to Dargis Group still enjoys wide provision of bricks for its upcoming projects rénocyclage!
2 projects of materials recovered Montreal Botanical Garden
The garden of glass and metal
Have you had a chance to visit the International Mosaiculture Montreal during the summer of 2013? Those who have been watching the plant sculptures largest horticultural art exhibition in the world may have noticed at the end of the journey, the Garden of glass and steel , a work where the use of recovered materials was the appointment. This installation, created by Albert Mondor and his team integrates oxidized steel and crushed a path leading the visitor to a meditative oasis inhabited by animals of the fabulous metal welder artist Jeffrey McDonald glass.All exemplifies how landscaping can benefit from engineering reuse.
Exposure Base Camp / 1000 Days for the Planet
At this moment and until May 2015, Space for Life at the Botanical Garden hosts educational and environmental exposure Base Camp / 1000 Days for the Planet . Walking through the sections of the exhibition, visitors will be struck by the elegance of a viewing room created entirely from a blend of reclaimed wood from a barn and a schoolhouse in Témiscouata. Creation of collective You are here , the project won the Special Award “Multidisciplinary” the Grand Design Award 2012 . Congratulations to K, art director and creative, Melanie Crespin, designer, and Marc Pelletier of ÉPURE Workshop , responsible for research materials and carry out the work.
The Reclamation Administration: an essential resource for monitoring the area of reuse of materials
You loved renew? Want to know more news reuse, recovery and recycling of materials? So assiduously follow the notes of the English blog The Reclamation Administration , the most comprehensive source of information on the subject, updated daily by a comprehensive review of the web. To access the archive of the site, search by keyword or browse categories proposed.
The Reclamation Administration is managed by Sara Badiali, Consultant, Chair of the Board of Directors of the BMRA and close collaborator RénoCyclage.
*Just kidding my friends! Google Translate hits the spot here.
Trashswag is now launching in Montreal (montreal.trashswag.com) and hopes to create a community where similar minded people can help one another to locate and share materials worth reusing. The site is also a platform where people can share ideas for projects, connect with one another and can post pictures of what they have made with pieces found on trashswag. It is Trashwag’s goal that within the next few years it will grow into a well established community that facilitates the exchange of creative ideas, materials and space.
Ooh, great article on the culture of preservation in Montreal.
Pst -Can someone tell us why there are so many Canadians named Bruno?
Aesthetics aside, however, the re-purposing and modernizing of historical buildings reflects a broad shift in the socioeconomic realities of city living.
In Montreal, the buildings targeted for adaptive re-use tend to be concentrated in previously industrial areas, such as the Old Port, the Lachine Canal and Griffintown—indicating a shift from manufacturing to a service-based economy.
Bruno Tremblay, an architect at Sid Lee, a Montreal-based design and architecture firm, has observed this transformation firsthand over the last twelve years he’s been in the industry.
“In places like Griffintown, you see a lot of industrial buildings with concrete structures, nice spans and nice height; they’re a good frame to work with to create condos or offices,” he said.
According to Tremblay, there is a growing number of activists who appreciate the historical value of old buildings and attempt to prevent developers from tearing them down.
The adaptive reuse movement in architecture is also indicative of the slowing of the suburban exodus. Tremblay explains that many once-abandoned buildings in Canadian cities are now seen as prime real estate.
“There are a lot of old buildings that get renovated into condos; you see a lot of people going back in the centre of cities instead of going to the banlieues.”