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Sexing up sustainable design – Telegraph

Generally when we think of reclaimed, repurposed and recycled design, the image is one of thriftiness, resourcefulness and the environment. It’s an unsexy image that is still anathema to high net worthers who do not often (let’s be honest) have sustainability as a top priority. But how about we don’t call it sustainable for a minute… because this trend is now hitting the upper echelons and in the hands of global luxury brands and young designers it’s something quite different. And in the hands of artisans the otherwise unloved becomes fresh and new, interesting and unique.

via Sexing up sustainable design – Telegraph.

Urbanwood – The Wood

Logs and LumberThis innovative Urbanwood program encourages municipalities to recycle their dead street and park trees into high-quality products.

Wood products from Urbanwood.org are made from a resource that would otherwise be thrown away. But this doesn’t diminish the quality or safety of the products. The wood products sold here are always of good quality. In fact, you are likely to find a greater range of species and of unconventional character and grain than you will find from most lumber suppliers.

via The Wood.

San Antonio Sustainable Living: Dan Phillips, Huntsville recycled building material artisan and home building benefactor

Dan Phillips of Huntsville has been building houses from recycled material for years. His projects include the Phoenix Commotion and Brigid’s Paradigm. His houses are affordable well beyond the government’s definition.

While many people have gone down to the local Habitat for Humanity Restore to buy an item or two for a renovation project, Dan has made an art of taking discarded materials and turning them into whole houses. His houses aren’t just simple structures either. They are works of practical art.

via San Antonio Sustainable Living: Dan Phillips, Huntsville recycled building material artisan and home building benefactor.

States Fight Green-Building Leader Over Local Wood – ABC News

This is just an excerpt. Please read the entire article here.

In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal last year used an executive order to ban state government construction projects from seeking LEED certification. Alabama, Maine and Mississippi also enacted bans, while a similar measure has passed the North Carolina House and awaits a Senate vote. South Carolina stopped short of prohibiting LEED certification, instead banning state projects from earning points for sustainable wood. Florida passed a bill, awaiting the governor’s signature, requiring use of local wood when possible.

Deal used a speech to the Southern Group of State Foresters meeting in Savannah last week to urge foresters from government agencies across the Southeast to push the issue with their own governors back home.

“Prior to my executive order, some 99 percent of Georgia’s forests were unfairly excluded from consideration as being an appropriate green material for building,” Deal told the group.

The state backlash comes as LEED stakeholders are voting this month on a revised version of its green-building standards, which are voluntary but have become increasingly desirable for private companies and government agencies looking to burnish their environmental credentials.

The Green Building Council says the ruckus has been drummed up by industry groups trying to pressure it into giving LEED sustainability credits for wood that hasn’t earned them. The push is being led by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, or SFI, which certifies more than 60 million acres of U.S. timberland including forests owned by corporate giants such as Weyerhaeuser and Rayonier. The group and its standards were created by the timber industry, though SFI says it’s been independently governed for the past decade.

via States Fight Green-Building Leader Over Local Wood – ABC News.

Five Recycled Materials for Eco-Friendly HousingDesignBuild Source

House With Reclaimed Wood

House made up of Reclaimed Wood. Source: Superior Hardwoods & Milworks

Timber can be reclaimed from old farm barns, urban factories or warehouses or deconstructed lumber and wood products such as reused planks and siding. This rustic material can be restored and mixed with new wood and other materials or it can be left rough, giving the building a recycled and sustainable appearance.

via Five Recycled Materials for Eco-Friendly HousingDesignBuild Source.

Recycled wood: the green key to a sustainable built environment | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional

Redwood trees in sequoia national forest

Valuable wood sourced from redwood trees is being routinely wasted in the US. Photograph: Graham Whitby-Boot /Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar

Home building has long been one of the most important industries in the US, with economists viewing statistics concerning new homes as a barometer for the countrys economic performance.

Americans affinity for newer and bigger homes, however, comes with a huge environmental cost. The recent foreclosure crisis is just a reminder of all the resources waste on millions of homes that have been abandoned and, yet again, remodelled. One precious resource used for these buildings that often goes unnoticed and is then lost forever is wood.

The remodelling and demolishing of homes in the US results in the equivalent of 250,000 single-family homes being interred in landfills or incinerated each year. Among the dry wall, plastic and concrete that are disposed of is lumber sourced from Americas forests. Within this lumber, there is also wood from older homes. This is especially valuable because it is of higher quality than material used in most new construction projects.

Wood in homes built 50 years ago or earlier was often sourced from first-growth forests. Whether a small, older home being destroyed for a larger, more modern home, or a historic beach-front house being targeted for removal and upgrade by a presidential candidate, these houses are a treasure trove of sturdy wood that builders should reclaim. Entrepreneurs can find lucrative business opportunities as salvaged or rediscovered wood is in high demand.

Current construction and demolition C&D techniques, however, are destructive and render most wood completely useless. Too much wood enters the C&D waste stream and then disappears forever. Of the approximate 70m tons of wood sent to landfill annually, the US government estimates 30m tons of it could have been reused.

Currently about 10% to 20% of wood discarded during construction projects is prevented from entering landfills. Pallets, however, account for most of that material, and hence that lower-quality wood is often shredded and used for mulch. But while aluminium, glass, paper and plastic are often culled for recycling from construction sites prior to final disposal, wood is overlooked and is about 17% of the waste that ends up in municipal dumps.

Meanwhile, valuable woods including Douglas fir and redwood, which could be repurposed for several more decades of use, are wasted. Evidence suggests that more tactical demolition practices can actually save and generate money for construction projects from reduced landfill fees and the sale of salvaged wood.

The national trade group for companies tasked with tearing down buildings, the National Demolition Association, has long claimed its member companies have been “environmentally responsible”. Rhetoric aside, however, the association now cajoles companies to consider the smarter reuse of materials and increased diversion of waste from landfill, both of which can give builders more points if they are building a LEED-certified project.

Smarter demolition can also create good business opportunities for companies that undertake such projects at a lower cost in return for the rights to all recyclable materials. Careful deconstruction of old structures also creates business for local companies that cater to consumers who want their homes to become more eco-friendly.

Read the entire article via Recycled wood: the green key to a sustainable built environment | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional.

Weyerhaeuser Now Distributing Reclaimed Wood from Barnwood Industries

1-Old Schoolhouse

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the nation’s largest building material distributors, is now the exclusive distributor of Barnwood Industries reclaimed wood in northern California, and anticipates expanding distribution soon to other markets. Materials include reclaimed beams, timbers, wood flooring, doors, cabinets and millwork from aged barns and other wood structures. The products bring a sense of historic charm and enduring quality to homes and commercial and government buildings, and can help meet green building goals by reusing building materials. http://www.woodbywy.com, http://www.barnwoodindustries.com

via Weyerhaeuser Now Distributing Reclaimed Wood from Barnwood Industries.