Stefan Hard / Staff Photo Slate, still in good condition, will be carefully removed from this roof on a buiding inside the Waterbury State Complex so the material can be reused for new or renovated construction.
“The idea is to keep materials out of landfills, and reuse building materials,” said Surwilo, who noted the approach is part of a new mindset in state government that is gaining momentum.
Deconstruction of the 1930’s home would also provide about three months work and valuable experience for a deconstruction crew, some members of which were trained for such work with assistance from a federal EPA grant to ReSource and Yestermorrow Design School.
Losing ReNew was a blow to the local deconstruction business, Kruger said, because ReNew provided an outlet for reusing building materials — an outlet that no longer exists.
By Randolph T. Holhut/The Commons
BRATTLEBORO—The man who helped create the deconstruction industry in southern Vermont is getting ready for the next incarnation of his passion.
Erich Kruger of West Dummerston, the founder of ReNew Building Materials & Salvage in 2005, helped popularize the idea of keeping building materials out of landfills and reusing them for other projects.
ReNew, a nonprofit, had a dual mission: recycling building materials and providing local jobs under its building deconstruction program. It closed the doors to its retail store last month.
But Kruger said last week that the concept of building deconstruction and salvage lives on even as ReNew struggles to reinvent itself. He hopes to start up an employee-owned cooperative called Deconstruction Works, which will pick up where ReNew left off.
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