Category Archives: Women in Deconstruction

‘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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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

This disused grain silo that was converted into a micro-home is destined for the pages of Dr. Seuss – Yanko Design

Student designer Stella van Beers converted a disused grain silo into a two-story micro-home, fit for the pages of a Dr. Seuss adventure.

Plotted all over the Netherlands’ countryside, grain silos are largely going out of use due to a country-wide reduction of livestock, leading to lower demand for grain. Converting the disused silos into a functional and quirky place of respite, Stella van Beers renovated the cylindrical unit into a micro home.

Source: This disused grain silo that was converted into a micro-home is destined for the pages of Dr. Seuss – Yanko Design

‘Lean In’ circles help women in construction navigate bias

Sheet metal worker Carey Mercer assembles ductwork at Contractors Sheet Metal on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in New York. The construction industry is fighting to recruit more women into a sector that faces chronic labor shortages. As spending on infrastructure rises, construction firms will need to hire at least 430,000 new skilled laborers in 2021, according to an analysis of federal data by the Associated Builders and Contractors.  Right now, only 4% of construction laborers in the U.S. are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics   (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Sheet metal worker Carey Mercer assembles ductwork at Contractors Sheet Metal on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in New York. The construction industry is fighting to recruit more women into a sector that faces chronic labor shortages. As spending on infrastructure rises, construction firms will need to hire at least 430,000 new skilled laborers in 2021, according to an analysis of federal data by the Associated Builders and Contractors. Right now, only 4% of construction laborers in the U.S. are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Yunmy Carroll, a veteran steamfitter, said a worker at a training session declared that women in construction are “whores.”

About 700 tradeswomen are participating the program, designed to help them navigate persistent bias and harassment on construction sites, from unwanted sexual advances to being assigned lesser duties like traffic control or fire watch.

Source: ‘Lean In’ circles help women in construction navigate bias

Philly construction trades seek to recruit more women

Christina McNeill of Northeast Philadelphia (front) and other class members work with a trainer on physical strengthening exercises during the pre-apprenticeship program.

Christina McNeill of Northeast Philadelphia (front) and other class members work with a trainer on physical strengthening exercises during the pre-apprenticeship program.ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer

“One of the ‘ah-ha’ moments was not to focus on high school seniors and young women,” Hoffman said. “Across the country, we’ve learned that many women make the choice to enter the trades in their mid-20s to mid-30s.” “They’ve been in the labor market. … They may have been in low-wage service jobs,” she said. “They are ready to look for something new, something that is high-paying because they may be needing to support children, and they are looking for the future.”

Source: Philly construction trades seek to recruit more women

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

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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.

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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

Change planning laws to reduce waste and refurbish old buildings, engineers say – About Manchester

The government needs to go further with its circular economy plans if the UK is to reduce its waste and make a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to engineers from the University of Sheffield.

Adding circular economy principles to the planning process would put greater emphasis on retrofitting buildings, designing for adaptability, deconstruction and reuse of materials at end of life. It would both reduce waste, and help to reduce the UK’s demand for new materials.

Source: Change planning laws to reduce waste and refurbish old buildings, engineers say – About Manchester

Amy Marks, the “queen of prefab”: Why building and construction is not an industry, it’s an ecosystem | The Fifth Estate

Amy Marks is head of Industrialised Construction Strategy and Evangelism at the global technology company Autodesk.

She says building and construction is NOT an industry. It’s an eco system and this means it can’t be disrupted or reformed from the bottom up. It has to be disrupted from the top down.  She means by influential clients such as large corporates or governments who can demand new outcomes through different methodologies.

Source: Amy Marks, the “queen of prefab”: Why building and construction is not an industry, it’s an ecosystem | The Fifth Estate

A passion for preservation: Sault Ste. Marie entrepreneur helps revive downtown

Anderson Media: Danna Sanderson at the Foundary in Sault Ste. Marie.

“The minute we buy a building, I’m in there with chisels and hammers,” said Danna. “The point of buying an old building isn’t to tear down everything, it’s to save what you can.”

Source: A passion for preservation: Sault Ste. Marie entrepreneur helps revive downtown

Notable Women in Construction and Design: Vaishali Wagh

Wagh has expertise in historic renovation and adaptive reuse. For those projects she researches the building’s past uses and historical significance, prepares nominations for the National Registry of Historic Places, and helps clients navigate historic tax credits.

Source: Notable Women in Construction and Design: Vaishali Wagh

Bits of Upper Canard history will be built into tiny homes | Regional-Business | Business | The Journal Pioneer

Jocelyn Aucoin of the Canning-based 1850 House specializes in dismantling historic structures by hand and salvaging material that can be reused. - Ashley Thompson

Jocelyn Aucoin of the Canning-based 1850 House specializes in dismantling historic structures by hand and salvaging material that can be reused. – Ashley Thompson

Aucoin sees the growing popularity of tiny homes as an opportunity to find another use for the reclaimed material 1850 House is able to salvage by carefully dismantling heritage homes in a manner the significantly reduces the amount of waste bound for a landfill.

Source: VIDEO: Bits of Upper Canard history will be built into tiny homes | Regional-Business | Business | The Journal Pioneer

Meet the ‘Renovators’: These people are breathing new life into Buffalo’s past – The Buffalo News

PUSH Buffalo Executive Director Rahwa Ghirmatzion, center, with PUSH members and community advocates Luz Velez, left, and Providencia Carrion at the Wash Project. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

She now oversees the organization’s programs and operations, which include housing construction, solar installation, job training and a youth center, in addition to advocacy efforts. PUSH employs 40, and has renovated more than 100 homes in the past seven years.

Source: Meet the ‘Renovators’: These people are breathing new life into Buffalo’s past – The Buffalo News

Shop Talk: Ohmega Salvage; Totally Rad Gallery; Women Made — Berkeleyside

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“I am sad about the lack of recycling of building materials of our classic homes here in the Bay area. Recycling was once the pride of our city,” Davis told Berkeleyside. As interest in the re-use of original architectural pieces declined, she said, overhead expenses — garbage collection, PG&E, EBMUD, alarm systems, worker’s compensation and higher wages — have continued to grow, which has made it hard to keep the business running smoothly.

Source: Shop Talk: Ohmega Salvage; Totally Rad Gallery; Women Made — Berkeleyside

Ruthlessly competitive fuel market creates closed-station blight — and opportunity for reuse

Tara Dugan at her shop, worKS.

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Tara Dugan at her shop, worKS.

Tara Dugan is an exception. In 2016, while searching for a building to open a boutique, she noticed an empty, 70-year-old gas station on a lightly traversed road in Kennett Square, a borough of just over 6,100 people. She saw the potential in an unloved structure, she said, as did three women who repurposed a Sunoco gas station in Malvern to serve gourmet fare.

Source: Ruthlessly competitive fuel market creates closed-station blight — and opportunity for reuse

The Paris Researcher Pioneering a New Way to Recycle Building Materials

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Saint Pierre is sourcing her granite material directly from the building site for her prototypes (seen here), which she hopes will be incorporated into the new design. Courtesy Anna Saint Pierre

Acknowledging how large a carbon power the building industry is, Saint Pierre identifies the need for crafting new hybrid building blocks. This imperative has led her to formulate an atomistic understanding of architectonics. In her prototypes, stone slabs are smashed into rubble, then crushed into powders, compacted into terrazzo, or sandwiched into gabion walls.

Source: The Paris Researcher Pioneering a New Way to Recycle Building Materials

How Women Are Leading the Charge to Recycle Whole Houses | Innovation | Smithsonian

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Ruthie Mundell stands among new and vintage chandeliers—all salvaged and ready to find a new home. (Teresa Carey)

“You have a grassroots momentum for something like deconstruction, and you have a massive industry against it,” says Sara Badiali.

The building material reuse consultant thinks regulations are an effective way to make a change. Yet, she has searched the world and “can’t find any place that actually has the words ‘building deconstruction’ in legislation.”

Badiali worked with the city of Portland, Oregon, to create the nation’s first reuse ordinance. Now, Portland homes built before 1916 must be evaluated for deconstruction. Other cities like San Francisco and Milwaukee are drafting their own ordinances.

Source: How Women Are Leading the Charge to Recycle Whole Houses | Innovation | Smithsonian

An Adaptive Reuse Solution in Today’s Overbuilt Environment – GroundBreak Carolinas

Jami Lloyd, Architectural Designer and A M King Blog Author

Scarcity of land; ample building inventory; reinvention of retail; rising construction costs; labor challenges; new regulations; environmental and schedule benefits; and resource-intensive procurement associated with virgin materials builds a strong case for adaptive reuse.

Source: An Adaptive Reuse Solution in Today’s Overbuilt Environment – GroundBreak Carolinas

On a Mission to Reuse the Past — ecoRI News

Rhode Island residents Mary Gervais, right, and Cindy Bogart recently launched a website to help people connect to past practices and materials. (Maaike Bernstrom)

Rhode Island residents Mary Gervais, right, and Cindy Bogart recently launched a website to help people connect to past practices and materials. (Maaike Bernstrom)

It’s designed to help visitors repurpose items and materials, from antique plumbing to reclaimed wood. It’s about building new from old. It’s about buying local.

Source: On a Mission to Reuse the Past — ecoRI News

Old Wood Can Cost More Than New Lumber. People Want It Anyway. | realtor.com®

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In an orange dumpster one recent Sunday morning, between old bricks and trash bags, Heather Olsen struck gold: rustic wood beams that once held the floor of a 100-year-old house.

When Ann and Corey Limbaugh renovated the attic of their home in Seattle four years ago, she spent weeks calling local lumberyards for pre-used wood. Eventually, she found one that had just received boards from an old building in Idaho. She was told to hurry because they wouldn’t be there for long.

Source: Old Wood Can Cost More Than New Lumber. People Want It Anyway. | realtor.com®

Valuing older buildings: Architecture professor’s book argues for reuse rather than wrecking ball | UW News

“I was trained as both an architect and architectural historian,” Merlino says, “and have always been drawn to older buildings and the layered narrative of history they embody.” Her book, “Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design” was published this year by UW Press.

Source: Valuing older buildings: Architecture professor’s book argues for reuse rather than wrecking ball | UW News

#MeToo hit architecture. Now what? – Curbed

The Architecture Lobby’s Think-In explored ways to improve the “soft infrastructure” of architecture, including better labor practices and achieving gender equity. Michael Schissel

“We need to improve laws and policies to better protect those who report abuse and to make abusers accountable,” Berkowitz continued. “We have to educate our culture at large to upend [the] negative backlash accusers experience. What can architects do to respond to or prevent abusive behavior? How can we organize labor to create a fair and equitable workplace?”

Source: #MeToo hit architecture. Now what? – Curbed

Westmoreland Community Action demolition firm to hire female heads of household | TribLIVE

Dan Speicher – Tribune Review

The American Architectural Salvage Shop, in Mt. Pleasant.

Czerpak said he will work closely with the demolition manager to evaluate potential projects based on store inventory needs or popular items. Waltenbaugh said 75 percent of people hired for the team will be female heads of household, those struggling with addiction and others who might have difficulty finding jobs. The employees will be trained.“We’re excited to get that up and running,” he said.

Source: Westmoreland Community Action demolition firm to hire female heads of household | TribLIVE

Women in architecture: ‘Now is our time’ – CNN Style

Credit: photo by Robert Venturi, courtesy Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

Even as the gender gap closes in architecture school — with nearly as many women graduating in architecture as men — research shows that across the world women are hired less, paid less and blocked from key creative positions at the top of firms.

Source: Women in architecture: ‘Now is our time’ – CNN Style

Legacy Architectural Salvage hires assistant manager | WilmingtonBiz

Helms is passionate about promoting Legacy Architectural Salvage (LAS) as Wilmington’s source for reclaimed wood, doors, windows and other architectural salvage to use in the renovation and repair of older homes, according to a press release. She believes in the role of architectural salvage in environmental sustainability through the reuse and repurposing of historic salvage.

Source: Legacy Architectural Salvage hires assistant manager | WilmingtonBiz

Meet the barrier-breaking woman behind a massive house of salvaged treasures – The Washington Post

Nancy Meyer finds boxes of expensive Italian tile on a shelf at Community Forklift. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Meyer’s part-time job eventually became a full-time mission to get the nonprofit off the ground. She negotiated with the landlord for a lower rent, cleaned up the store, created guidelines to standardize prices and designed internal structures that would make operations more efficient. Because Community Forklift couldn’t afford advertising, she launched a grass-roots marketing campaign to educate the community about environmental issues and promote the nonprofit. Community Forklift still hosts educational programs, including monthly arts festivals and DIY reuse workshops.

Source: Meet the barrier-breaking woman behind a massive house of salvaged treasures – The Washington Post

Community Forklift wins small business award from eBay, thanks to its mission and its fans | Hyattsville Life & Times

Community Forklift and its CEO Nancy J. Meyer won a SHINE Award from eBay in the Charitable Business category. Photo courtesy of Community Forklift

Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for building materials, architectural salvage and antiques. The name refers to the organization’s mission “to lift up communities” in the DC area by turning the region’s construction waste stream into a resource stream. “These prizes will help us reach a larger online audience, which means we can do more good here in the DC region!” Meyer wrote on a blog post. “We can keep more materials out of landfills, provide more free materials to neighbors in need, and offer more green jobs to local residents.”

Source: Community Forklift wins small business award from eBay, thanks to its mission and its fans | Hyattsville Life & Times

Decon + Reuse ’17 Speakers invited by the Reclamation Administration

The Reclamation Administration has made a lot of friends over the years.

We are proud to say that over a third of the speakers for Decon + Reuse ’17 Expo: Saving our Past, Building the Future are from our invitations. These presenters have all been featured on the Reclamation Administration going as far back as 2011!

Here is a list of Presenters brought to you by the Reclamation Administration.  You can see them all in Portland, Oregon on September 24th – 27th at the Decon + Reuse ’17 Expo.

James Lindberg

Detroit Audio Lab

Eco3d

Sons of Sawdust

ReCor Door 

Ohio Materials Marketplace

Louise McRae

Viridian Reclaimed Wood

Futel

The Rockford Brand

Miigwech Aki Deconstruction

Pioneer Millworks

Space Monkey Designs/Fantom Foundry

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Wallace Detroit Guitars

Deconstruction of old homes creates more jobs in Portland | KGW.com

(Photo: Nina Mehlhaf)

That rule means a lot more certified deconstruction experts are needed. Tuesday, the city let us into a hands-on workshop at a home on Northwest 23rd Avenue, where 15 men and women were learning the trade.

Devon Campbell-Willliams is one of those trainees. He worked as a construction flagger before, and wanted to learn deconstruction technique hands on.

“You don’t want to go to straight in and straight up to pry up floorboards, if you do that you could crack the wood and it wouldn’t be reusable,” he said.

Source: Deconstruction of old homes creates more jobs in Portland | KGW.com

How to reuse materials from trash

Isabel Ordonez Pizarro, an expert on how yo reuse materials from trash. Credit: Chalmers University of Technology

“In general, I think that people who are interested in circular economy or material recirculation will find my work useful. But I still think that it’s much work left to do. I would like to establish material recirculation hubs in urban areas, where local producers, secondary material providers, waste managers and makers can meet and create new ways of collaborating to enable material recovery. I also find it interesting to develop more efficient, decentralized waste management solutions and I believe that it would help users to sort their waste better,” Isabel says.

Source: How to reuse materials from trash

How Creative Repurposing of Industrial Scrap Is Holding Off a Neighborhood’s Gentrification by Amanda Abrams — YES! Magazine

Ann Woodward, executive director of the Scrap Exchange, stands before the strip mall and parking lot that the organization now owns.

The Scrap Exchange is on the brink of something much bigger. This summer, the organization closed on a deal to buy 10 acres of a moribund strip mall surrounding the building. Executive director Ann Woodward’s ambition is to turn the area into a “reuse arts district,” unlike any in the country. It will include a range of creative elements, like a playground made of reused materials, a shipping container mall hosting local entrepreneurs, a recycle-a-bike program, artists’ studios, and a performance space.

Source: How Creative Repurposing of Industrial Scrap Is Holding Off a Neighborhood’s Gentrification by Amanda Abrams — YES! Magazine

Plenty of Horne: Inside the Renaissance Book Shop » Urban Milwaukee

Renaissance Book Shop. Photo by Michael Horne

Thoman and her firm are on a mission to “facilitate and educate the world on how to give back to the environment, by thinking past the dumpster.” She is adamantly opposed to what she sees as the waste generated by conventional demolition.

Source: Plenty of Horne: Inside the Renaissance Book Shop » Urban Milwaukee

Where is She Now? – Michaela Harms 2014 Intern Extraordinaire

Michaela Harms

After interning with the RA in the summer of 2014, Michaela Harms continued her studies in Civil Engineering on exchange in Lefkosia, Cyprus at Frederick University. Her focus in the program was on structural design and renewable energies, both vital aspects of sustainable construction innovations. Now in her final year of studies, she has returned to Helsinki to work and complete her thesis on estimating decentralized renewable energy potentiality with Bionova, a Helsinki-based sustainability consulting company and LCA innovator.

Upon completing her BSc, Michaela plans to return stateside. She hopes to gain further expertise in research and design through work with an innovative sustainable building or renewable energy company. Her heart still lies in grass roots sustainable solutions. She hopes to continue to her Masters in 2017 at the Iceland School of Energy.

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See Michaela’s catalog of work for the Reclamation Administration.  Our great thanks Michaela!

 

Interested in interning for a cutting edge social media site dedicated to reducing waste with building material reuse and architectural salvage? Join the Reclamation Administration – we give good internships

 

 

Women apprentices dismantle ex-strip club | Daily Journal of Commerce

Rachel Meyer, left, and Misty Sedotal, both pre-apprentices with Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., deconstruct a former strip club in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

Rachel Meyer, left, and Misty Sedotal, both pre-apprentices with Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., deconstruct a former strip club in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

“We know what was going on behind these walls,” Neel said. “So yeah, this feels good. There’s something poetic about it – I mean, this building was used to disempower women for years. There was prostitution, all kinds of stuff. Now to have a project that will benefit the community and give women an opportunity to learn a trade and be able to earn a good living – there’s nothing more empowering than that.”

Students said they enjoy working around and being taught by other women. They expect the experience to help them make the jump to a field long dominated by men.

Oregon Tradeswomen pre-apprentice Yolanda Sandoval removes a ceiling grid at a Northeast Portland building that is being redeveloped by a coalition of community groups into the Living Cully Plaza. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

Oregon Tradeswomen pre-apprentice Yolanda Sandoval removes a ceiling grid at a Northeast Portland building that is being redeveloped by a coalition of community groups into the Living Cully Plaza. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

via Women apprentices dismantle ex-strip club | Daily Journal of Commerce.

Reclamation Administration / Decon ’16 – Building Material Reuse Association Conference – Reclamation Administration

COME JOIN THE BUILDING MATERIAL REUSE ASSOCIATION FOR THE ONLY CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO THE RECOVERY AND REUSE OF BUILDING MATERIALS. LEND YOUR EXPERIENCE AND SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE TO HELP US CREATE A WORLD WITHOUT WASTE.

The Decon Expo is back, the conference on deconstruction, building materials reuse, and C&D recycling.  This event is a lively, informative conference on the latest in deconstruction technology and materials-reuse applications featuring hands-on learning excursions, top speakers, networking events, business growth strategies, and more.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY?

Decon ’16 is calling on all experts, innovators, and passionate persons – help make Decon ’16 an event to remember.

Submit your presentation here.

 

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

We’re soliciting folks to not just help organize the conference, but to develop industry solutions for important issue like appraisals and data collection.  

Sign up today to shape the future.

The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) is a 501 c3 non-profit educational and research organization whose mission is to advance the recovery, reuse and recycling of building materials.

  • Reduce the consumption of new resources
  • Reduce landfill waste and pollution
  • Create value-added markets and increase cost-effectiveness
  • Expand job opportunities and workforce development skills
  • Promote the sustainability of communities and the environment through resource preservation

We can be reached via email or by phone: 773-340-BMRA (773-340-2672) email: contact@bmra.org

Our Mailing Address is: P.O. Box 47776 Chicago, IL 60647 

Copyright © 2015 Building Materials Reuse Association, All rights reserved.

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DETAILS team as “Innovator of the Year” – Humanim

Details, a unique approach...

Big News! The Daily Record has named Humanim’s Jeff Carroll and the DETAILS team as “Innovator of the Year.”

DETAILS, a Humanim social enterprise, is a nonprofit deconstruction business with a social mission: creating jobs for people who, for many reasons, have faced difficulty getting hired. We train and hire men and women to take apart buildings – rather than demolishing them – and then we salvage the materials for resale, reuse or repurposing.

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Finger Lakes ReUse Wins EPA Award – Ithaca Times : News

Award-Winning ReUse

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Finger Lakes ReUse (ReUse) as a recipient of its 2015 Environmental Champion Award. ReUse was nominated for this award, the highest honor presented to the public by EPA, by Tompkins County Solid Waste Manager Barbara Eckstrom, in recognition of its accomplishments in transforming waste into jobs and job skills training opportunities for the community.

via Finger Lakes ReUse Wins EPA Award – Ithaca Times : News.

Eclecticasa introduces Detroit Collection, made from reclaimed wood

Laura Scaccia of Eclecticasa at one of her stained glass tables at a show in Pennsylvania in February. “The show was a great success. We sold three pieces and people were crazy about the pattern of the wood and the feel,” said Scaccia

“I was recently introduced to a group of people that deconstruct homes. This is different than demolition because the material is saved and repurposed or reused, thus not filling our landfills,” Scaccia said.

“I saw a small sample of one of the repurposed pieces they had and I knew right away that I had to make tables,” she said.

via Eclecticasa introduces Detroit Collection, made from reclaimed wood.

Gay in the Life: Carla Therese Bruni – 466 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times

“Through Community Glue Workshop, we run these clinics where people can fix stuff for free,” said Bruni. By ‘stuff’, Bruni means items ranging from lamps to toasters and clothing. “I work with craftsmen and groups who need a few tools to do some really cool stuff. You can start a deconstruction company with a few hundred dollars in tools,” she said. And, she helps to make that happen.

via Gay in the Life: Carla Therese Bruni – 466 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times.