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When employees of a Texas investment firm walk into their office’s elevator lobby, few may know that the wood once had been coops for turkeys. In Phoenix, wood from old bowling alley lanes was transformed into 75 tables.
And beautiful 300-year-old cedar used in Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is doing an encore after having been part of bridges in Utah.
These materials found second lives thanks to PlanetReuse, a Kansas City-company that finds old building materials it can reclaim for new projects.
Recently named one of Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2012 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs, PlanetReuse is working nationwide to help connect the design and deconstruction/demolition community to make material reuse easier. Today, roughly forty percent (40%) of landfill waste comes from building construction and demolition.
Make reclaimed material reuse easier and more people will do it, is the simple but revolutionary goal that drove the founders of PlanetReuse to create a new kind of company in 2008. Frustrated by the time and resources it took to track down salvaged materials for their own commercial projects, they took an entrepreneurial leap to uncover a solution for the built industry as a whole.
Initially an internet-based material brokerage, PlanetReuse has evolved into a consulting and brokering company focused on providing the insight, experience and materials its clients need. With a well-defined and efficient process, PlanetReuse expertly matches materials with designers, builders and owners to save projects money, serve LEED efforts and sustain the planet.
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PlanetReuse is currently looking for a Reclaimed Building Materials Broker and Consultant to add to the team. This position will work with designers, contractors, owners and deconstruction companies to procure and manage sustainable projects throughout North America.
Housing construction and demolition waste account for 40 percent of what’s going into landfills. Nathan Benjamin and Willow Lundgren want to shrink it to 30 percent by 2020.
PlanetReuse consults with architects, contractors, and building owners and sells technology to reuse centers to rescue materials during demolition and find homes for reclaimed materials in new projects.
“Perfectly usable materials are buried,” says Benjamin. “Our aim is for owners to think ‘used’ before ‘new,’ and to make reuse the obvious alternative to landfill.” —KK
Since 2008, PlanetReuse has been expertly matching commercial materials with designers, builders and owners to save projects money, serve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) efforts and sustain the planet.PlanetReuse is now expanding its services to make use of reclaimed building materials more commonplace in the residential construction market.