Kristin Williams, regional manager for The ReUse People, talks to deconstruction manager Ezequiel Borquez, left, and general contractor Seth Van Gelder in the kitchen of Janet Williams’ Central Davis home. The home is being deconstructed rather than demolished, which means many of the fixtures are sold and reused. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Davis homeowner Janet Williams was turned onto the idea of deconstruction by Clay Johnson, the architect who is handling Williams’ Central Davis home remodel.
“I’ve been amazed at how much will be reused from this old home,” Williams said. “It feels good that though the house has to go, bulldozers won’t be coming in and tearing it to shreds.”
via Nail by nail, a house is carefully deconstructed.
This home on Lucky John Drive was recently deconstructed by The ReUse People, a California nonprofit that has recently expanded into Utah, which transported the salvaged materials to Recycle Utah. We had people standing in line waiting for the next pallet to be taken off the truck, said Recycle Utah Executive Director Insa Riepen. (Courtesy of Recycle Utah)
Sustainability is an increasingly important global issue and building demolitions and renovations appear to be an overlooked area of focus. When The ReUse People get a demolition project, they don’t rip everything out, load it into dumpsters and take it to a landfill — they take the building apart a little more carefully and save all the materials that can be salvaged — about 90 percent of a typical home.
via Deconstruction, not demolition, is the way to go – The Park Record.
The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWD) Reuse Warehouse is coordinating Houston’s participation in the 2013 National Reuse Contest, sponsored by The Reuse People (TRP). Projects built primarily of used building materials and completed within the year are eligible for submission. TRP will award gift certificates of $1,000, $500 and $250 to the first, second and third place winners of the National Contest, redeemable at a local reuse store to be determined, and will display annotated photos of the winning entries at various green building shows and expositions throughout the year.
Houston entries, received by the August 31, 2013 deadline, will be judged by Mayor Annise Parker, businessman and philanthropist Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and Dan Phillips of the Phoenix Commotion. The three winners, announced September 30, 2013, will automatically be entered in the national contest. TRP will select the national first, second and third place winners on October 30, 2013.
via Build from trash, win a prize at 2013 National Reuse Contest Building Competition – Your Houston News: Living.