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Amazon is buying up dead malls–adaptive reuse, or just eating its prey? | News | Archinect

Macy’s, 2018. Image © Jesse Rieser

“I’ve seen the economic development happen to our community — it’s frustrating on a local level,” he said. “But, at the same time, I see a regular list of articles about Amazon building here and Amazon building there. I’m not sure any of us really fully understand the implications because it’s happening so so fast.”

Source: Amazon is buying up dead malls–adaptive reuse, or just eating its prey? | News | Archinect

‘Forests are not renewable’: the felling of Sweden’s ancient trees | Environment | The Guardian

Thousands of logs seen from overhead at a timber terminal. Sweden is the world’s third biggest exporter of pulp, paper and sawn timber

‘Natural forests are not renewable. Trees can be planted, but not forests.’ They added: ‘If you plant pine trees, you get a timber field, not a forest. Real forests are complex ecosystems, a bedrock of a multitude of life and home for many species’

Source: ‘Forests are not renewable’: the felling of Sweden’s ancient trees | Environment | The Guardian

Kraft Heinz pilots recycled plastic packaging for roofs | Construction Dive

Courtesy of Kraft Heinz

As manufacturers are working to reuse their waste products — both through upcycled products that save food items from the trash and manufacturing processes that use waste for energy — a successful test result could put Kraft Heinz in a class of its own. The company could potentially renovate its factories with its own post-consumer waste, which would be impactful.

Source: Kraft Heinz pilots recycled plastic packaging for roofs | Construction Dive

TECLA: 3D printed eco-habitat by WASP and Mario Cucinella Architects in Italy

Engineered by 3D printing specialists WASP and designed by Mario Cucinella Architects, the first prototype of TECLA in Ravenna is built entirely using reusable and recyclable materials.

By becoming the first eco-habitat to be built using Crane WASP (world’s first modular and multilevel 3D printer designed to collectively build singular and large-scale architectural works), the structure takes inspiration from potter wasp, founded on the principles of a circular economy and digital fabrication.

Source: TECLA: 3D printed eco-habitat by WASP and Mario Cucinella Architects in Italy

Highways that destroyed Black neighborhoods are crumbling. Some want to undo that legacy – CNN

A Google Street view of Shreveport, LA downtown area abruptly ending where it meets the highway.

A Google Street view of Shreveport, LA downtown area abruptly ending where it meets the highway.

US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is among those who have spoken out on the history of Black neighborhoods being disproportionately divided by highway projects, and has called for righting those wrongs.

Source: Highways that destroyed Black neighborhoods are crumbling. Some want to undo that legacy – CNN

Heritage crime: Thieves target historic church slabs for patios | News | The Times

Parishioners at Christ Church in Eccleston, Lancashire, were left “horrified and grieving” after 40 pieces of stone were taken, said the vicar, the Rev Sonya Doragh

Parishioners at Christ Church in Eccleston, Lancashire, were left “horrified and grieving” after 40 pieces of stone were taken, said the vicar, the Rev Sonya Doragh

More than £400,000 worth of paving slabs has been stolen from historic churchyards and buildings over the past five years, causing “grief and horror” among parishioners.

Source: Heritage crime: Thieves target historic church slabs for patios | News | The Times

Local hazards grow as Americans churn out more garbage, United States News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

More than 90 per cent of the 230,000 tons of construction waste ReEnergy accepted in 2019 came from out-of-state, according to its annual report. After processing, ReEnergy said it sent 93 per cent of the imported trash to the Juniper Ridge landfill, which while owned by the state is operated by a private company, New England Waste Service of Maine, a subsidiary of Casella Waste Systems. Casella collects a “tipping fee” from ReEnergy for taking its waste. Fees for construction and demolition debris vary, but range from US$33 to US$95 per ton, according to the state’s environmental agency.

Source: Local hazards grow as Americans churn out more garbage, United States News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Consultant Uncovers Significant Flaws in City’s Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Program – Pasadena Now

The consultant, Tap International, says the Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Program Program needs improvement to ensure that the City’s requirements and the intentions of the program are met.

Source: Consultant Uncovers Significant Flaws in City’s Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Program – Pasadena Now

Victoria pens new bylaw to cut red tape for green demolition | CTV News

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In December 2020, Victoria council voted to approve an ambitious plan to reduce city waste by 50 per cent by 2040. “If we diverted all the construction waste currently going into the landfill, that would take us 10 per cent of the way to our targets,” said Helps. In an effort to cut red tape for companies like Unbuilders, city staff are in the final stages of drafting a deconstruction bylaw.

Source: Victoria pens new bylaw to cut red tape for green demolition | CTV News

Rescued charm – Baltimore’s abandoned homes are being recycled | United States | The Economist

The yellow pine that was used to build Baltimore’s rowhouses came from old-growth forests, and is more dense and rot-resistant than faster-growing new lumber; a century of oxidation has given it a handsome, dark patina. Furniture-makers and interior designers play up its provenance, designing items around its joist- and plank-shaped pieces, some of them pocked with nail holes and saw marks.

Source: Rescued charm – Baltimore’s abandoned homes are being recycled | United States | The Economist

Lethbridge deconstruction program reaches record high waste reduction | CTV News

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Through a city program, almost the entire amount of material from the demolished YMCA building in south Lethbridge was diverted from the landfill.

Romeril said they have no projects lined up at the moment but, depending on what the project is, hope that the next one may reach even higher than the 98 per cent they achieved this time around.

Source: Lethbridge deconstruction program reaches record high waste reduction | CTV News

Board by board, an old Naperville house is deconstructed for preservation and reuse: ‘This place, it stands apart’ – Chicago Tribune

Attic beams at the former Massier family home at 321 W. Franklin Ave. in Naperville were notched out of timbers, perhaps in the 1880s. (Suzanne Baker / Naperville Sun)

Reichert said it would only be fitting to have lumber from the home recycled as furniture since Massier and his father and brother worked as furniture makers at Kroehler Manufacturing Co., which was once Naperville’s largest employer and, in the 1940s, the second-largest furniture maker in the United States.

Source: Board by board, an old Naperville house is deconstructed for preservation and reuse: ‘This place, it stands apart’ – Chicago Tribune

Popular home décor trends for 2021 | Bedfordview Edenvale News

There has also been a shift towards repurposed or ethically sourced, natural materials. “Homeowners should keep this in mind when doing any renovations. Over time, likely, homes with environmentally friendly features, such as built-in cupboards made from reclaimed wood, solar panels, water-saving faucets, will become increasingly desirable, especially among younger buyers.

Source: Popular home décor trends for 2021 | Bedfordview Edenvale News

Brookhaven residents: We don’t want to become ‘garbage capital’ | Newsday

Gershow Recycling Corp. is asking Brookhaven Town for

Gershow Recycling Corp. is asking Brookhaven Town for approvals to build a waste transfer station near Long Island Rail Road tracks. Credit: Barry Sloan

“Any sustainable waste plan must include efforts to actually bring down waste,” said Abena Asare of Brookhaven hamlet, a member of the Brookhaven Landfill Action & Remediation Group. The community group supports alternatives to landfills that they say disproportionately are sited in minority and low-income communities.

Source: Brookhaven residents: We don’t want to become ‘garbage capital’ | Newsday

Preservation Society Puts Entire City of Providence on Its Annual Most Endangered Properties List — ecoRI News

The whole of Providence was included on the 2021 list because of the many climate-change challenges the city faces. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

The whole of Providence was included on the 2021 list because of the many climate-change challenges the city faces. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

“We’ve been talking behind the scenes about how to infuse our preservation work with this mindset, and of course preservation is an inherently green practice, particularly with adaptive reuse of old buildings. So, this really gave us a great way to marry preservation and sustainability. It just gave us a great jumping-off point.”

Source: Preservation Society Puts Entire City of Providence on Its Annual Most Endangered Properties List — ecoRI News

What do you think of when you hear “green building”? – Luna Oiwa | Blog

Luna Oiwa

Climate change is the one of the most important issues of our time. Yet most of us don’t know how to think about it or what to do about it. I’ve made this site as an outlet for my thoughts on and journey through this topic, specifically within the context of the building industry — an industry that fascinates me because it is so tied to who we are as a modern society and because it has enormous potential to reduce environmental impact on a global scale.

Source: Luna Oiwa | Blog

Room & Board’s most beautiful furniture uses 400-year-old wood

[Photo: Room & Board]

The Forest Service is eager to support efforts to reclaim wood because it means fewer trees will be felled; it now coordinates with the city of Baltimore to identify properties destined for demolition and sends in crews from companies with expertise in deconstruction, including Brick+Board.

Source: Room & Board’s most beautiful furniture uses 400-year-old wood

Scientists develop transparent wood that is stronger and lighter than glass | CBC Radio

A flower is visible behind a piece of the transparent material. (Qinqin Xia, University of Maryland/Science Advances)

Researchers at the University of Maryland have turned ordinary sheets of wood into transparent material that is nearly as clear as glass, but stronger and with better insulating properties. It could become an energy efficient building material in the future.

Source: Scientists develop transparent wood that is stronger and lighter than glass | CBC Radio

3D printed house: Builders say the method will reduce new home construction costs – CNN

SQ4D's completed proof of concept and demo home. SQ4D says it is the world's largest permitted 3D printed home at 1,900 square feet.

SQ4D’s completed proof of concept and demo home. SQ4D says it is the world’s largest permitted 3D printed home at 1,900 square feet.

“The cost of construction is 50% cheaper than the cost of comparable newly-constructed homes in Riverhead, New York, and 10 times faster,” said Stephen King, the Zillow Premier agent who has the 3D house listing. The 3D printed house will include 1,407 square feet of living space and will be built with concrete.

Source: 3D printed house: Builders say the method will reduce new home construction costs – CNN

Mann Case Sets Precedent For Building Material Reuse Tax Charitable Valuation

Recycling icon on a pile of red bricks from a construction site, sort and recycle waste building materials

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If you are donating a “whole house” the house will be relocated off your property. Otherwise you are donating pieces of the house. Material destroyed in the deconstruction is not part of what you get credit for in valuing your deduction.

Source: Mann Case Sets Precedent For Building Material Reuse Tax Charitable Valuation

‘Leonard’s Way’ Community says bye for now to ‘unofficial mayor of Eagle Creek’ | News | alexcityoutlook.com

McKelvey Funeral

Cliff Williams / The Outlook Firefighters from the Eagle Creek Volunteer Fire Department served as pallbearers at the funeral of Leonard Cannie Mckelvey Thursday.

McKelvey was laid to rest in a casket made from reclaimed barn wood looking over the Eagle Creek Baptist Church and the Eagle Creek Volunteer Fire Department, both of which the carpenter helped build.

Source: ‘Leonard’s Way’ Community says bye for now to ‘unofficial mayor of Eagle Creek’ | News | alexcityoutlook.com

Buildings start to come down at Luckey site | News | sent-trib.com

The production building, which covers 1.5 acres of the site, is slated to be torn down, according to an update provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District. Photo by J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune

Building deconstruction greatly reduces the amount of dust generated and prevents the spread of airborne contamination. Deconstruction of the former production building and disposal of the debris is expected to take approximately seven months.

Source: Buildings start to come down at Luckey site | News | sent-trib.com

Proposed model shows potential for circular practices in construction steel | Greenbiz

ArcelorMittal plant

An ArcelorMittal steel plant. Photo courtesy of ArcelorMittal

Despite the recycling success, however, the steel industry is increasingly facing pressure to decarbonize. Recycling steel is still both energy- and cost-intensive, and both steelmakers and their customers must go further to reduce environmental impacts. One way to do this is to shift to a reuse model.

Source: Proposed model shows potential for circular practices in construction steel | Greenbiz

A Four-Month Time Lapse of the Nooksack Dam Removal | Outside Online

This Swiftwater Films time lapse, produced by director Shane Anderson and filmed and edited by Jesse Andrew Clark, shows the monthslong process of deconstructing the Nooksack Dam on the Middle Fork of Washington’s Nooksack River. This restoration will repair 16 miles of habitat for threatened salmon and steelhead.

Source: A Four-Month Time Lapse of the Nooksack Dam Removal | Outside Online

Canada deconstruction industry should be part of ‘build back better’ | Vancouver Sun

Unbuilders Reconstruction’s Niall Todd removes nails from a board at a house in North Vancouver in December 2018. The company demolishes homes by-hand and repurposes the reclaimed building materials. PHOTO BY JASON PAYNE /PNG

Across Canada, about 84 per cent, or four million tonnes of construction waste, ends up in landfills each year. Even in a forward-thinking jurisdiction like Metro Vancouver, less than one per cent of construction and demolition materials are reused. With the deconstruction industry in its infancy, the pandemic recovery is a chance to foster its long-term growth.

Source: Canada deconstruction industry should be part of ‘build back better’ | Vancouver Sun

‘Deconstructed’ Century Old Barn Lives On In Other CT Homes | Branford, CT Patch

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The barn, built in 1912, once deconstructed, was found to have some of its timber from many years before.

Inside a northwestern Connecticut home there’s now timber from an ancient “deconstructed” Branford barn, purchased to match the existing 19th century floorboards. In a house in the state’s northeastern corner, the barn’s 110-year-old doors now live. And, an artist purchased pieces of the barn built in 1912 for their studio.

Source: ‘Deconstructed’ Century Old Barn Lives On In Other CT Homes | Branford, CT Patch

Colorado grant opportunities provide funding for recycling projects – Construction & Demolition Recycling

Colorado grant opportunities provide funding for recycling projects

This option focuses on reduction and diversion of construction and demolition waste, including gypsum wallboard, treated wood, reclaimed asphalt shingles, carpet tiles and construction plastics. The RFA has more information.

Source: Colorado grant opportunities provide funding for recycling projects – Construction & Demolition Recycling

Georgia-Pacific to raze 11 unused buildings near downtown Camas – The Columbian

Buildings just north of the main Camas paper mill site sit vacant on Jan. 7.

Buildings just north of the main Camas paper mill site sit vacant on Jan. 7. (Joshua Hart/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Nine of the buildings to be demolished were built between 1929 and 1970, according to G-P’s demolition plan. They include a two-story, 31,360-square-foot development lab; a four-story, 31,000-square-foot nonwovens manufacturing building; a three-story, 11,000-square-foot office building; a two-story water treatment building; two warehouses; a 3,500-square-foot library; and a one-story microscopy laboratory.

Source: Georgia-Pacific to raze 11 unused buildings near downtown Camas – The Columbian

National circular economy hub to lead way in UK bid to create a sustainable future | Mirage News

“By effecting a step change in how we use and reuse resources, the move to a circular economy will deliver major environmental and economic benefits and is an essential element of making net zero a reality.”

Source: National circular economy hub to lead way in UK bid to create a sustainable future | Mirage News

14 Adaptive Reuse Projects from 2020 Show Great Design Doesn’t Mean New Construction – Metropolis

Tammany Hall

BKSK Architect’s Tammany Hall Restoration Draws on Lenape Symbolism. In one of 2020’s most striking adaptive reuse projects, the Manhattan-based architecture firm inserted a glass dome in the likeness of a tortoise on top of the Union Square building.

Courtesy Francis Dzikowski

All the emissions released in construction, the fossil fuels burned to create raw construction materials and move them to the site, the carbon released in making concrete, trees felled for timber, it’s all embodied in these structures.

Source: 14 Adaptive Reuse Projects from 2020 Show Great Design Doesn’t Mean New Construction – Metropolis

Pinch updates Nim table using copper and Jesmonite

Nim copper and Jesmonite table by Pinch

Milan 2016: London design studio Pinch has unveiled a limited edition of its Nim coffee table, which combines plaster and resin composite material Jesmonite with powdered copper.

Described by the manufacturers as “a safe alternative to fibreglass and a lightweight alternative to cast concrete”, Jesmonite is made by mixing gypsum plaster powder with acrylic resin.

Source: Pinch updates Nim table using copper and Jesmonite

DECONSTRUCTED HOME DEDUCTION DENIED Lawrence P. Mann et ux. v. United States; No. 8:17-cv-00200 Tax News – Bills / Cases / IRS

The IRS now maintains that the Manns are not entitled under § 170 to either the original $675,000 fair market value deduction or the amended $313,353 deconstructed value deduction. The IRS asserts that in donating the value of the House, the Manns donated only a part of their interest in the Property, and that such partial-interest donations are impermissible under § 170. In opposition, the Manns assert that they had a discrete interest in the House that could be and was properly and separately donated purs

Source: Tax News – Bills / Cases / IRS

Today’s wind turbine blades could become tomorrow’s bridges

If this experimental bridge is a success, it could be the first of many. Angela Nagle, a civil engineering Ph.D. student at the University College Cork who is investigating environmental, economic, and policy issues surrounding blade bridges, hopes to see dozens of them dotting the Irish countryside in the not-so-distant future. With 11,000 tons of blades expected to be decommissioned across Ireland by 2025, there should be no shortage of material to work with.

Source: Today’s wind turbine blades could become tomorrow’s bridges

Organizer of proposed Cadillac youth center receives donation of 10,000-square-foot building in Hart | News | cadillacnews.com

Organizer of proposed Cadillac youth center receives donation of 10,000-square-foot building in Hart

The owner of a 10,000-square-foot decommissioned charter school in Hart, Michigan, offered to donate the building to youth center organizer Dana Wilson at no cost. Wilson estimates the value of raw materials in the building to be around $500,000.

Similar to what New Hope Center did in the spring, Wilson’s plan is to deconstruct the building and bring it back to Cadillac to be used in the construction of a youth center. “We’re going to salvage as much as we can from it,‘ Wilson said. “In materials alone, there are easily half a million dollars there.‘

Source: Organizer of proposed Cadillac youth center receives donation of 10,000-square-foot building in Hart | News | cadillacnews.com

A belly-up North Carolina shopping mall will become Epic Games’s new corporate campus

The Cary Towne Center in Cary, North Carolina. (Courtesy Google Maps)

Despite plans to convert the site into a private corporate campus for a wildly successful interactive entertainment company, some of the property—exactly how much remains uncertain as of now—will be reserved for community use, an aspect that Epic is working alongside the City of Cary to realize.

Source: A belly-up North Carolina shopping mall will become Epic Games’s new corporate campus

How to reuse or recycle Christmas trees in Philadelphia – WHYY

Christmas trees put out in the trash in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Christmas trees put out in the trash in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

“By recycling them and returning them to the earth, we reduce our waste costs and create a valuable resource,” he said.Options include composting your tree, recycling it into chips, feeding the green to goats, turning it into a barrier to protect dunes from erosion, or even cooking, using pine needles like herbs.

Source: How to reuse or recycle Christmas trees in Philadelphia – WHYY

Exploratory Study of Salvaged Lumber as Feedstock for Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) | Tallwood Design Institute

This study suggests that salvaged lumber could potentially be a new source of raw material for mass timber products, which could create new opportunities for wood waste recovery and greener building products.

Salvaged lumber from Portland deconstruction practices was collected, graded, and processed for mass timber panel manufacturing.

Source: Exploratory Study of Salvaged Lumber as Feedstock for Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) | Tallwood Design Institute