Record number of dams removed from Europe’s rivers in 2021 | Rivers | The Guardian

A structure is removed on the Hučava River in Slovakia, June 2021.

Dam busters: a structure is removed on the Hučava River in Slovakia, June 2021. Photograph: Rob Kleinjans

“An increasing number of governments, NGOs, companies and communities are understanding the importance of halting and reversing nature loss, and buying into the fact that dam removal is a river-restoration tool that boosts biodiversity and enhances climate resilience. We’re also seeing lessons being learned from previous dam removals, new countries kickstarting removals, and new funds, including crowdfunding.”

Source: Record number of dams removed from Europe’s rivers in 2021 | Rivers | The Guardian

Glenmore landfill in Kelowna going greener with new initiatives – Lake Country Calendar

File photo/Black Press Media

File photo/Black Press Media

Initiatives include talks with the University of British Columbia Okanagan on research programs, and a building deconstruction pilot program. A city-owned property on KLO Road was deconstructed a few weeks ago in partnership with Unbuilders and Habitat for Humanity.

Source: Glenmore landfill in Kelowna going greener with new initiatives – Lake Country Calendar

A Suburban Virginia Spec House That’s a Mix of Ultra-Modern Features and Reclaimed Wood From the Property

The rear of the home has multi-level patios and sitting areas and a heated pool and spa. Eddie Avenue Photography

This unusual new spec house in the Virginia suburbs offers an old-fashioned mix of hardwood flooring milled from trees on the property and reclaimed materials from the former house on the site that’s been paired with ultra-modern features.

Source: A Suburban Virginia Spec House That’s a Mix of Ultra-Modern Features and Reclaimed Wood From the Property

Iconic St. Scholastica building in Fort Smith to be demolished – Talk Business & Politics

While the former monastery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, that does not prohibit the building from being demolished. According to information on the National Register of Historic Places website. Owners’ rights do not change when the property is listed on the register.

Source: Iconic St. Scholastica building in Fort Smith to be demolished – Talk Business & Politics

BCIT introduces new deconstruction micro-credential – constructconnect.com

BCIT introduces new deconstruction micro-credential

“The first is there is a lack of education for beginning professionals and those who want to upgrade their skills and knowledge, and there are virtually no courses in North American building circularity,” said Martens. “This is the first micro-credential in building circularity in Canada – and, I believe, in North America.”

Source: BCIT introduces new deconstruction micro-credential – constructconnect.com

Computer system designs structures based on available reclaimed wood

Each piece of wood is marked with a unique QR code

Each piece of wood is marked with a unique QR codeDaniel Winkler/ETH Zurich

It’s a sad fact that even though our forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, new wooden structures are typically made of all-new wood. A special computer system could help change that, by facilitating the use of wood reclaimed from existing buildings.

Source: Computer system designs structures based on available reclaimed wood

Lawsuits Filed Against Massive Logging Project The Size Of 575 Football Fields In Los Padres National Forest, Home To The Critically Endangered California Condor – World Animal News

The project would allow unlimited mechanized cutting and removal of live and dead trees of any age up to 2 feet in diameter and an undisclosed number of trees up to 5 feet in diameter, as well as the destruction of chaparral across 755 acres.

Source: Lawsuits Filed Against Massive Logging Project The Size Of 575 Football Fields In Los Padres National Forest, Home To The Critically Endangered California Condor – World Animal News

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse focuses on second chances for materials, staff Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse focuses on second chances for materials, staff

Sustainability+is+part+of+the+Evanston+Rebuilding+Warehouse%E2%80%99s+deconstruction+practices%2C+as+well+as+its+retail+location%E2%80%99s+construction.+Some+of+the+store%E2%80%99s+walls+have+been+reclaimed+from+other+buildings+and+are+reinforced+with+scrap+material.+

Ava Mandoli/The Daily Northwestern. Sustainability is part of the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse’s deconstruction practices, as well as its retail location’s construction. Some of the store’s walls have been reclaimed from other buildings and are reinforced with scrap material.

“We want to make sure we get those barriers removed, make sure that we get the supportive services in place,” Nicklin said. “So that they get into a job, and they’ve got their gas figured out. They’ve got their childcare figured out. They’ve got everything ready to go because they’ve practiced it.” The transitional employment program connects participants with local employers, which allows them to support themselves and their families. The program has a job placement rate of over 80%, Nicklin said.

Source: Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse focuses on second chances for materials, staff Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse focuses on second chances for materials, staff

Illegal loggers in Vietnam train as jungle tour guides | Reuters

Nguyen Ngoc Anh, 36, who was an illegal logger turned forest protector poses at Phong Nha National Park, Quang Binh province

Nguyen Ngoc Anh, 36, who was an illegal logger turned forest protector poses at Phong Nha National Park, Quang Binh province, Vietnam, April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Hoang Trung

Now, Ngoc Anh is one of 250 former loggers trained by an adventure tourism company to lead mostly foreign tourists through jungles and into some of the world’s largest cave systems in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Source: Illegal loggers in Vietnam train as jungle tour guides | Reuters

Appeals court reverses verdict that awarded $1 billion to Oregon timber counties – OPB

A log truck on the Trask River road, near TIllamook Oregon. Environmental groups say this road drains muddy runoff into the Trask river, in violation of the Clean Water Act.

In this file photo, a truck carries logs through the Tillamook State Forest. Amelia Templeton

The court determined that Oregon can manage more than 700,000 acres of donated forestland for a range of values like recreation, water quality and wildlife habitat — not just logging.

Source: Appeals court reverses verdict that awarded $1 billion to Oregon timber counties – OPB

Plastic-eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste – UT News

plastic waste1400

“This work really demonstrates the power of bringing together different disciplines, from synthetic biology to chemical engineering to artificial intelligence,” said Andrew Ellington, professor in the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology whose team led the development of the machine learning model.

Source: Plastic-eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste – UT News

Tiny homes: Mohawk women build domestic violence shelter | CTV News

A government program designed to train women in carpentry and other trades inspired five women from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, located east of Toronto, Ont., to build tiny homes that will serve as shelters for those fleeing domestic violence. (CTV News)

“It just proves anybody can build. The trade is not gender-specific, my mom was a carpenter and she built our house,” Chief R. Donald Maracle told CTV National News.“It’s good to see women entering the trades.”

Source: Tiny homes: Mohawk women build domestic violence shelter | CTV News

Biden executive action aims to preserve old-growth trees : NPR

An old-growth redwood tree named “Father of the Forest” in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California in August 2020. Some trees in the park have been standing for 2,000 years.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

“It’s a very good start on the things that we’ve been asking for,” said Kirin Kennedy, director of people and nature policy at the Sierra Club, one of the members of that coalition. She said her group is not necessarily calling for a moratorium on logging old-growth trees, but for a science-based approach to managing them. “We want to protect old trees, but we also want to make sure communities are protected,” said Kennedy.

Source: Biden executive action aims to preserve old-growth trees : NPR

World’s tallest timber residential tower to be built – CNN Style

The 100-meter-tall construction will follow a system which replaces a concrete core with wood.

The 100-meter-tall construction will follow a system which replaces a concrete core with wood. Credit: Aesthetica Studio/Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

The project joins other architectural ventures looking to prove that timber can be used as a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel when building high-rises.

Source: World’s tallest timber residential tower to be built – CNN Style

AJ Small Projects winner: How Akin Studio designed its treehouse on stilts

Akin Studio won the AJ Small Projects Award 2022 last week for its ‘treehouse’ in rural Herefordshire.

Have you learned anything in terms of materials on this project that you might use on other schemes? The clients are incredibly resourceful, and we learnt to embrace reclaimed materials, as well as the importance of reuse and considering the afterlife of building components. In the case of Drovers’ Bough, the exposed structural elements are all carefully bolted together allowing for future disassembly or replacement, and many parts of the project were made from surplus materials or reclaimed products.

Source: AJ Small Projects winner: How Akin Studio designed its treehouse on stilts

Net Zero Buildings Could Bring an Energy Savings Boom – Bloomberg

relates to It’s Time for a Net Zero Building Boom

The roof of ZGF’s new terminal for Portland International Airport will be constructed from locally sourced cross-laminated timber. Credit: Port of Portland

“Acting at scale is so eminently possible,” Lindsay Baker told me. She is the CEO of the International Living Futures Institute (IFLI), which runs the Living Building Challenge, an extraordinarily rigorous certification program that has pushed the building industry to achieve energy use reductions deemed all but impossible a few years ago.

Source: Net Zero Buildings Could Bring an Energy Savings Boom – Bloomberg

How 3D printing could turn an Eastern Oregon town into a high-tech housing hub – OPB

A structure printed with concrete and a 3D printer by manufacturer Alquist. Courtesy: Alquist

To mitigate the logistical challenges, the City of John Day applied for and won a grant from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. Now Walker and the City of John Day have $60,000 to develop plans for a practical 3D-printed home.

Source: How 3D printing could turn an Eastern Oregon town into a high-tech housing hub – OPB

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Is Secretly One of NYC’s Most Wellness-Focused Retreats

Photo credit: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Photo credit: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will have you booking a room for the views of the eponymous man-made wonder yet reveling in the amenities upon your arrival. Billed as a hotel of “sustainable luxury,” the five-star hotel was designed by location artists using reclaimed materials and native greenery, lending to the tranquility of the space.

Source: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Is Secretly One of NYC’s Most Wellness-Focused Retreats

Linda Boronkay designs Osborn House – a whimsical country retreat in Australia • Hotel Designs

Image credit: Osborn House / Alan Jenson

“Just like a certain song or fragrance can have an incredible emotional impact on us, we believe design has the same power to evoke positive memories and feelings,” said Boronkay. “The combination of reclaimed materials paired with rich and tactile fabrics, curated objects from around Europe and personal touches in the different spaces will make you feel like you are being embraced by an interesting individual.”

Source: Linda Boronkay designs Osborn House – a whimsical country retreat in Australia • Hotel Designs

I make my fetish gear from recycled tires to help save the planet

G Martin in the warehouse where she sources her materials

The eco-friendly fashion designer sources her materials from a nearby industrial estate to create her looks.
Jam Press/@broke_boutique

A London-based fashion designer is turning recycled rubber into 1970s punk rock-inspired accessories.East Londoner G Martin, 34, repurposed nearly 688 pounds of rubber that would be piling up in landfills by turning it into rockin’ recycled fashion pieces.

Source: I make my fetish gear from recycled tires to help save the planet

Microsoft selects AI start-ups to accelerate progress on environmental sustainability

Ten companies focused on reducing carbon emissions and waste, preserving water and protecting ecosystems have been selected to take part in Microsoft’s AI for Environmental Sustainability Accelerator programme.

Yes Make is helping design London’s public spaces with reclaimed materials from other developments

Source: Microsoft selects AI start-ups to accelerate progress on environmental sustainability

Main Street Arts Festival returns Thursday in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Artist Dolan Geiman of Denver readies his sculptures and collages = made from reclaimed materials – in preparation for a past Main St. Arts Festival. The festival returns April 7 downtown.

In February, festival officials announced that PNC Bank signed on as a long-term supporting member of the festival.

Source: Main Street Arts Festival returns Thursday in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Concrete Made From Old Tires Proves Tougher and More Sustainable – COOL HUNTING®

They monitored and compared the material’s performance, finding that the crumb rubber had higher impact-resistance, toughness, ductility, damping ratio and better thermal and acoustic insulation. “The results clearly show that crumb rubber cement is a viable and promising alternative to conventional concrete,” says author of the study Professor Yan Zhuge.

Source: Concrete Made From Old Tires Proves Tougher and More Sustainable – COOL HUNTING®

The controversial biofuel threatening British Columbia’s forests | Food and Environment Reporting Network

Ecologist Michelle Connolly standing among cedar trees in the inland temperate rainforest near Penny, BC. The inland rainforest gets much less attention from environmental groups than BC’s coastal rainforests, but it is an even rarer ecosystem.

In 2021, Connolly co-authored a peer-reviewed study that found that BC’s inland rainforest — which once totaled over 1.3 million hectares — was endangered, according to International Union for Conservation of Nature criteria, and could experience ecological collapse within a decade if current logging rates continue. The study found that 95 percent of its core habitat, forest located more than 100 meters from a road, had been lost since 1970. “We’re fighting over the last pieces,” Connolly says.

Source: The controversial biofuel threatening British Columbia’s forests | Food and Environment Reporting Network

A logging loophole is clear-cutting the Tongass National Forest – Grist | Grist

an aerial view of a lumberyard with many large piles of logs near a road

Logs are stacked high in this aerial view of Viking Lumber’s sawmill in Klawock, Alaska. SEAKdrones LLC

Land exchanges have allowed lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to bypass the Roadless Rule and other environmental protections and transfer ownership of thousands of acres of old-growth Tongass National Forest, opening the land up for logging.

Source: A logging loophole is clear-cutting the Tongass National Forest – Grist | Grist

The Landfill of the Future | Hakai Magazine

illustration of blueprints over a photo of a landfill

He reflected on what this abundance of waste could mean in a region with limited economic activity. The result? An ambitious, wide-ranging waste management company Wiper dubbed 3F Waste Recovery. “3F is founded on the principle that every molecule that comes through our door, we want to have an application for it,” Wiper explains. “My vision is the landfill of the future—where producers can take anything they haven’t processed, to break it down into a form that has a function.”

Source: The Landfill of the Future | Hakai Magazine

How this scrap junkie turns old vans into unique homes and venues | Metro News

Stargaze Camperbus interior.

This van has a distinctive Nordic feel (Picture: D+)

‘It’s pretty tragic that there’s no second-hand market value as some vehicles might be 20 years-old but they only have only 40,000 miles on the clock. I guess we are scrap angels – we see their potential and love the challenge of giving them a new purpose by turning them into something fun, useful and really cool.’

Source: How this scrap junkie turns old vans into unique homes and venues | Metro News

To Revive a River, Restore Its Hidden Gut – Scientific American

To Revive a River, Restore Its Hidden Gut

Talk at the meeting centered on the best practices of the time: reconnecting the stream with some of its floodplains by reclaiming adjacent property, removing armoring and reintroducing native plants along the banks. Lynch boldly told the group the project should go further: rebuild the missing hyporheic zone. That would mean reclaiming space under the stream, filling it with sand and gravel and potentially bringing back the zone’s tiny inhabitants.

Source: To Revive a River, Restore Its Hidden Gut – Scientific American

The Circular Economy Show: Building a circular future on Apple Podcasts

Thumbnail image of a Lens result

Why are we still demolishing buildings when we can design for deconstruction? In this episode, Arup structural engineer Grace Di Benedetto explains that we need to change our mindset and recognise buildings as valuable sources of materials rather than rubble.

Source: The Circular Economy Show: Building a circular future on Apple Podcasts

MAN BUYS DERELICT SHOP FOR £26,000 IN BIRKENHEAD, U.K – TRANSFORMS INTO FOUR BED HOUSE (FULL BUILD) – YouTube

Hello my name is Stephen Taylor and in 2016 I bought a derelict shop in Birkenhead, U.K for £26,000 at auction. This building was in such a poor state that the guide price at auction was just £10,000 – £12,000. With a lot of hard work over the last five years I have now transformed it into a modern four bedroom home.

Ocasio-Cortez Digs Into Private Equity for Buying Houses and Jacking Up Rents

“[Regular people are] competing against the largest private equity firm in the world to purchase a home,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “In fact, companies like Blackstone, Zillow and Bedrock are buying up to 15 percent of available homes – but what I find interesting here is that they’re purchasing them in minority and low-income neighborhoods specifically.”

Source: Ocasio-Cortez Digs Into Private Equity for Buying Houses and Jacking Up Rents

Orms reworks listed office building retaining 92% of original structure

Orms-16-Old-Bailey-Lobby-31_AU_reduced.jpg

Hand in hand with this change comes a glut of what might be termed ‘compromised buildings’ standing empty. In the context of the climate crisis, the tendency to replace these stranded assets with new-build is unattractive and wasteful – instead we need to look at options for skilful reworking that embraces their embedded character to create unique solutions that are ready for the new world of work.

Source: Orms reworks listed office building retaining 92% of original structure

Recycled Glassworks | Glass Plates, Glass Bowls, Glass Platters from Upcycled Windows – Recycled Glassworks

Square Platter “Honeycomb”, curved Serving platter 12″
Clear window glass meets wire. You’d swear the wire is still there. Believe me, it’s not — just its spectacular and forever glowing trace.

Every piece is cut from used window-type glass, and kiln-fired over molds that give them their new form, as well as a brand new life.

Source: Recycled Glassworks | Glass Plates, Glass Bowls, Glass Platters from Upcycled Windows – Recycled Glassworks

Bricks Can Be Turned into Batteries – Scientific American

Bricks Can Be Turned into Batteries

Core-shell architecture of a nanofibrillar PEDOT-coated brick electrode lights up a green LED. Credit: D’Arcy Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis

The bricks are powerful enough to illuminate an LED light bulb and cost only about $3 to make.

Source: Bricks Can Be Turned into Batteries – Scientific American

Brique-Recyc gives old bricks new life with innovative quick cleaning machine – constructconnect.com

Three years in the making, the patented machine cleans 99 per cent of a brick through a process involving a concrete grinder that allows the cleaning of the brick extremities.

COURTESY CAROLINE PERRON PHOTOGRAPHIES — Three years in the making, the patented machine cleans 99 per cent of a brick through a process involving a concrete grinder that allows the cleaning of the brick extremities.

Chifa says Maçonnerie Gratton calculates the brick recycling machine can eliminate up to 5.9 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the restoration of a 1,000 square foot brick wall. “Throughout Quebec and Canada this means a lot because we are all about bricks,” Stoia says. The recycling machine “sets the tone” for municipalities and the province to consider legislation on the reuse of construction materials. She adds recycling bricks for reuse helps to conserve Quebec’s architectural past.

Source: Brique-Recyc gives old bricks new life with innovative quick cleaning machine – constructconnect.com

Reclamation Administration: News and Research on Building Material Waste Prevention