All posts by Sara Badiali

Circular Economy Consultant in Building Deconstruction and Material Reuse.

YangNar Studio Converted a Pigsty into a Beautiful Tropical Home in Thailand

Reclaimed wooden walkways and shared outdoor spaces make up a lot of the reclaimed Kha-Nam Noi House.

Reclaimed wooden walkways and shared outdoor spaces make up a lot of the reclaimed Kha-Nam Noi House.

Thai architecture firm YangNar Studio recently completed “Kha-Nam Noi house” in the central province of Sing-Buri, Thailand, using an existing elongated pigsty as a shell for a series of comfortable living spaces made almost entirely with reclaimed materials.

Source: YangNar Studio Converted a Pigsty into a Beautiful Tropical Home in Thailand

Philadelphia to launch ‘Reforestation Hub’ to sell fallen trees as lumber – On top of Philly news

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Baltimore has been successfully running a similar program since 2016, and Philly officials have visited. In addition to milling old trees, Baltimore’s program also salvages wood waste from building deconstruction.

Source: Philadelphia to launch ‘Reforestation Hub’ to sell fallen trees as lumber – On top of Philly news

Wind turbine blades could be recycled into gummy bears, scientists say | Wind power | The Guardian

Two gummy bears made from the composite resin that could be used to make wind turbine blades

Two gummy bears made from the composite resin that could be used to make wind turbine blades. Photograph: Reuters/John Dorgan

Once the blades have reached the end of their lifespan the materials can be broken down and recycled to make new products including turbine blades – and chewy sweets.

Source: Wind turbine blades could be recycled into gummy bears, scientists say | Wind power | The Guardian

Sustainable department store opens in Mayfair – TheIndustry.fashion

The Good Store “radically rethinks the department store”, with an emphasis on reuse and refurbishment. A range of plastic-free and sustainably sourced products are on offer, with the space also set to host informative educational events and services to guide consumers through eco-conscious choices.

Source: Sustainable department store opens in Mayfair – TheIndustry.fashion

Waste firehoses turned into outdoor furniture for Maggie’s Southampton

Woven red lounge chair with terrazzo sidetable by Local Works Studio

Integrated sidetables were added to the lounge chairs

“People who sit in the chairs and touch the surfaces can ‘read’ the story of the furniture and understand where the materials came from. This connection to place and the playful character of the furniture is a powerful antidote to the usual impersonal, sterile environment of a hospital.”

Source: Waste firehoses turned into outdoor furniture for Maggie’s Southampton

Sustainable market coming to Hawke’s Bay – NZ Herald

Re-New NZ Sustainable market organiser Julie Cronin restoring a desk in her workshop garage in Havelock North. Photo / Warren Buckland

Re-New NZ Sustainable market organiser Julie Cronin restoring a desk in her workshop garage in Havelock North. Photo / Warren Buckland

Cronin had decided she needed to do something to shape her own and her family’s future, so she started the Havelock North business to take everyday goods that would usually end up in landfill and give them a new lease of life.

Source: Sustainable market coming to Hawke’s Bay – NZ Herald

84 new manufacturing jobs are coming to Dale County

Encore International

The largest converter of reclaimed rubber in North America is coming to Alabama. (Encore International)

Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this company uses reclaimed materials to make flooring and surface products. Ecore International is the largest converter of reclaimed rubber in the continent, mostly using recycled truck tires.

Source: 84 new manufacturing jobs are coming to Dale County

Bespoke Torquay home revolves around recycled materials | news.com.au 

Mel and Jez Wright are selling the custom home they created at 29 Highlander St, Torquay.

Mel and Jez Wright are selling the custom home they created at 29 Highlander St, Torquay.

“I ended up ferrying 100 or so bricks in the back of a van and we’ve incorporated them into the walls of what we funnily call the rave cave,” she said.“It’s a space that we’ve created off the living area to house our music collection. And it’s got some thick sliding barn doors that Jez constructed from the wood that he’s collected over the years.

Source: Bespoke Torquay home revolves around recycled materials | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

Major construction firms team up to get the carbon out… | Canary Media

(Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

Production of cement, the raw material in concrete, accounts for between 7 and 8 percent of global carbon emissions today, due both to the fossil fuels used in its high-heat production and the chemical composition of the raw materials and processes that make it.

Source: Major construction firms team up to get the carbon out… | Canary Media

How to Salvage Building Materials: 5 Tips

Building materials at a scrap yard

Alan Schein / Getty Images

Reusing old wood, windows, metal, brick, and even concrete seems like a no-brainer (even some animals recycle used materials!), but it sadly doesn’t happen as often as it should. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, between 230 million and 530 million tons of construction and demolition waste are produced yearly in the United States.

Source: How to Salvage Building Materials: 5 Tips

Vanport, Oregon – Historic (and racist) 1948 Deconstruction Advertisment 

This 1948 advertisement for deconstructing buildings for the materials, was found by a redditor at Multnomah Library in Portland, Oregon.

In less than a day, the nation’s largest housing project—and Oregon’s second largest city—was destroyed. 18,500 residents were displaced, and roughly 6,300 were black.

 

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End-of-life plan urged for wind turbines – Australian Associated Press

Silverton Wind Farm turbines seen through cemetery tombstones

Australia has to come up with an end-of-life plan for used wind turbines, says a leading academic. Image by Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS

“It is not realistic to expect a market-based recycling solution to emerge, so policymakers need to step in now and plan what we’re going to do with all these blades that will come offline in the next few years.”

Source: End-of-life plan urged for wind turbines – Australian Associated Press

Deconstructionist Opening – Lovett Deconstruction, Portland, Oregon

The Lovett Deconstructionist is the heart of the company. This role requires a self-starter, someone who is a hard-working, thoughtful, attentive, service-oriented person who can do everything from the rough, dirty work of demolition to the careful, surgical removal of material such as cabinetry, windows, and salvageable hardwood floors. The deconstructionist uses expert skill and collaboration with team members to protect, salvage, and disassemble all range of structures. Our deconstructionists are team players; they are friendly, safe, and conscientious, creating a work environment that is positive and productive. They work in all kinds of conditions, in all kinds of weather, and perform a brilliant level  of service regularly surprising clients.  At all times, they carry themselves with dignity and professionalism because they are the best at what they do.

Source: https://www.lovettdeconstruction.com/deconstructionist

‘Trash Has Value’: Black Woman Engineer Turns Plastic Into Bricks That Are Reportedly Stronger Than Concrete

Nzambi Matee, a 30-year-old who quit her job in oil and gas to work on her passion full-time, has created a lightweight and low-cost building material that is made of recycled plastic with sand to make bricks that are stronger than concrete material.

 

Source: ‘Trash Has Value’: Black Woman Engineer Turns Plastic Into Bricks That Are Reportedly Stronger Than Concrete

Investors force Home Depot to review wood-sourcing policy over logging concerns

Transport trucks and loggers gather around fallen trees in the Chocó. (Photo courtesy of Brian Rodgers)

Some of Home Depot’s plywood is allegedly sourced from vulnerable forests in Ecuador’s Chocó region and the Brazilian Cerrado, and conservationists and investors have pressured the home improvement giant to clean up its supply chain.

Source: Investors force Home Depot to review wood-sourcing policy over logging concerns

Big tourism boost for Mandurah as it welcomes Australian-first sculpture trail | Kalgoorlie Miner

Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants - little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants – little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Credit: Lars W. Jensen

Based in Denmark, Dambo is the world’s most prominent ‘recycle artist,’ best known for giant troll sculptures all made from reclaimed materials.

Source: Big tourism boost for Mandurah as it welcomes Australian-first sculpture trail | Kalgoorlie Miner

My Forest Cabin Is Built on Stilts With Recycled Materials

Alter cabin from Shoe Lake

Lloyd Alter’s cabin in Shoe Lake, Ontario, Canada. Lloyd Alter

The doors were grabbed from an office renovation, probably installed in the ’80s and replaced in the ’90s. The dining room table is cut out of a bowling alley, on a base my dad made; it was in his cottage for years. My dad also made the sideboard—it’s made from the floors of shipping containers.

Source: My Forest Cabin Is Built on Stilts With Recycled Materials

Maybe awards should celebrate co-operation rather than competition

Not to mention: What steps were taken to source reclaimed materials? How was the water footprint of the materials reduced? What was done to ensure that the extraction and processing of the materials caused no ill health in communities local to their manufacture? How was renewable energy generation capacity increased either on or off site? How did the project reduce the energy consumption of the building’s users? How did the project reverse ecological harms?

Source: Maybe awards should celebrate co-operation rather than competition

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

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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

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“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