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Architect Magazine - Great article for the Reuse Industry


April 12, 2012
Reuse continues to be brought to the forefront in discussion. It's hot topic at conferences as well as in the press and is becoming more common in practice.

There's a wonderful piece in this month's Architect Magazine this month on the past, present and future of the industry.

The article features some great quotes from leaders in the reuse industry such as the BMRA, CMRA, BNIM, el dorado inc, Deconstruction & Reuse Network, PlanetReuse, Standford University, and many others.

"We are moving away from the status quo of how we handle our construction and demolition waste for many reasons. Dumping has become more expensive and thus less appealing for contractors..."

"If architects really want to look out for the ecosystem, they should start by making the most of what they already have."

Link to the article: Architecture’s Afterlife

You can even earn one HSW/SD CEH (Health/Safety/Welfare and Sustainable Design Continuing Education Hour) for reading this article and successfully completing a free online quiz. To do so, go to:

BMRA announces Poster Session Program at DECON '11


January 29, 2011
Great program to help continue to grow and deveopment the materials reuse industry. 

The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) is pleased to announce the  Poster Session Program at the DECON '11 Conference.

Architecture, construction management and environmental sustainability students are urged to submit original contributions related to the fields of deconstruction, building materials reuse, and construction and demolition debris (C&D) recycling that can be displayed in an educational poster format. 

Overview:  BMRA consistently seeks to advance research and education in the public interest.  The purpose of the DECON 2011 Poster Session Program is to provide a means of stimulating interest in deconstruction, building materials reuse, and construction and demolition debris (C&D) recycling research, as well as communicating other useful deconstruction information to the profession to include best practices, new program initiatives, etc. 

Please visit the conference website for how it works and complete details.  Please forward widely to any students or instructors with an interest in decon/reuse!

Rethink Recycling - PlanetReuse cited in DWELL


January 11, 2011
Bringing reuse and recycling more and more to the mainstream, the February 2011 Dwell magazine highlights amazing reuse and recycling efforts in projects all over the world.

It's a great issue that showcases reuse not always a rustic, weathered or worn-out looking option, but also provides a wonderful palette of material for many modern, elegant and contemporary looks for homes and commercial projects.

Definitely grab a copy or peruse the office copy for reused material inspiration!

PlanetReuse is happy to be cited in the issue in the "Your Turn..." section as a go-to source to connect buyers and sellers of reclaimed materials and recycled materials by hosting online material listings as well as want ads.

The BMRA (Building Materials Reuse Association) is also cited and is an amazing organization with an informative website for more information about materials reuse, upcoming events, and includes an extensive directory of reuse centers and deconstruction companies throughout the US.

For more resources and inspiration:
Dwell - February 2011 issue.

ReuseConex-1st National Reuse Conference/Expo


September 30, 2010
If you are interested in incorporating reuse into your green building techniques, then ReuseConex is for you. Organized by the Reuse Alliance, this first-of-its kind conference allows you to learn from experts around the country.

The adaptive reuse sessions in their “Best Practice” track are designed for design and construction professionals, from remodeling contractors to interior designers, who pride themselves on implementing green strategies. While our “Reuse 101” sessions are designed for students and DIY enthusiasts looking to learn more about how reuse fits into their green building projects.

Some of the sessions focused on reuse and green building, include:
·      Pros & Cons of Building Materials Reuse and Deconstruction Strategies (Hybrid, Custom, Full)
·      Reuse in Commercial & Residential Developments
·      Historic Preservation through Reuse
·      Adaptive Reuse Case Studies (North Carolina’s Textile Mills)
·      Reuse & The Built Environment
·      Design for Reuse Primer
·      How to Create a C&D Waste Reuse & Recycling Ordinance in your Community
·      Interior Designing with Used & Repurposed Materials
·      DIY Green Roofs using Reclaimed Materials

The presence of US Green Building Council (USGBC), Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) and Reuse Alliance members on our plenaries and panels will help foster a dynamic learning experience for you.

PlanetReuse has the pleasure of joining the great list of speakers and exhibitors.  Nathan Benjamin will be presenting on a panel on Tuesday and at the round-table on Wednesday.  Stop by and visit PlanetReuse on the Expo floor. 

If you’re interested in promoting your green building services to a regional and national audience, in addition to learning and networking, please inquire about the ReuseConex exhibitor packages.

To register click here
For more information, go to:

June 24th Webinar 'Deconstruction Trends & Markets'


June 22, 2010

If you are curious about implementing deconstruction into future projects, have all of your questions answered on June 24th from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. WasteCap Resource Solutions & the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) are teaming up to co-sponsor the webinar event, "Deconstruction Trends & Markets." During this time, experts in the realm of deconstruction will be available for an informative question & answer forum explaining more thoroughly the role that deconstruction material recycling can play in any prospective project.

This discussion will feature moderator Jenna Kunde of WasteCap Resource Solutions, Inc., Chuck Goddard, Dubuque Metropolitan Area Administrator, Thomas Napier, Research Architect of the Construction Engineering Research Lab US Army Corps of Engineers, and Nathan Benjamin of PlanetReuse. These experts will be able to share their knowledge of the industry and help participants explore potential marketing realms. Member discounts are available to WasteCap and BMRA membership but all are welcome to be a part of this beneficial session! For more information on Thursday's event, click here.

BMRA Annual Members Meeting - January 20th.


January 15, 2010

The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) will be holding their annual members meeting next week on January 20th from 3-5 P.M. The annual meeting is a great opportunity to, "talk directly with board members and other BMRA members, to learn about what is going on in the organization, and about plans for the upcoming year." If you have any questions or suggestions for the BMRA, the open forum would be the ideal time to present it. This is a phone-in meeting that is open to members and non-members alike, so if you would like to participate, follow the instructions here.

Great Resource and Article


April 10, 2009
We just became aware of Paula and her group the Reuse Network. What a cool group, doing great things to champion the cause for sustainability and deconstruction! Feel free to check them out here.

Also I found their write up about building and deconstruction practices particularly important and well written and I have attached it below.

Feel free to visit the PlanetReuse guys and the ReUse Network folks at BMRA's upcoming conference in Chicago!

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10 Tips to Better Your Recycling & ReUse Efforts:

  1. Become a ReUse Network Member Architect or Member Builder and we’ll keep you current on user-friendly solutions and frequent updates about industry practices, resources and legislation.
  2. Question your current business habits and prejudices about what can and cannot be reused and what you can influence.
  3. As a professional architect, builder, project manager, estimator, etc; ask yourself, whether you’re really taking the lead and going the extra mile in influencing diversion and environmental practices.
  4. Design a permanent diversion management strategy (architects not excluded) for your operation. Employ it even if you’re not working in a jurisdiction that requires an official Waste Management Plan, like the City of Santa Monica does.
  5. As an architect, know that you’re in a leading position to influence clients and job site practices. Refer clients to general contractors you know always employ solid waste diversion practices on their job sites and remind clients to interview builders about this aspect of their operation.
  6. As a builder, add signage to your job site as your permanent recycling strategy: What does and doesn’t go in the roll-off; cans go here, bottles here, scrap metal here, food waste here, etc.
  7. As a general contractor, try integrating your waste management practices into selling your services. This shows attention to detail and will win you projects as you set yourself apart from other builders.
  8. Assign one individual in the company and one individual on every job site that is responsible for implementing your waste management plan.
  9. Offer a Deconstruction Solution whenever remotely possible. Forego traditional demolition at every opportunity. NOTE: Just because the first client passes on deconstruction, don’t stop offering. Currently, one in three people who are given the lead time to consider a Deconstruction Solution, choose it.
  10. Think Outside the Roll-Off! Remember the savings and good things that can be achieved by donating to organization such as Deconstruction/ReUse Network, Habitat for Humanity, and Corazon.

DECON 09 and BMRA Update


April 01, 2009
The BMRA wishes to remind you that DECON ’09, held at the University of Illinois-Chicago, is rapidly approaching. This is the premier national event for the deconstruction and building materials reuse industry, and promises to be the best DECON yet! Visit to view the program and register for the conference. Here are some updates:

Abstracts have been evaluated and selected, and the program agenda is complete. We have forty-eight outstanding presentation and panel sessions.

Keynote Speakers have been selected, and will feature Mr. Michael Jackson, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Mr. William Abolt, Shaw Sustainable Design Solutions of Illinois, Ms. Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Environment.

A Policy Summit on Deconstruction and Building Materials Reuse Best Practices, and Green Collar Jobs in urban environments will be an important feature of the Conference.

The post-conference tour will feature options; two “Green Loop” walking tours, and a bus tour of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue, (a LEED platinum building featuring extensive use of salvaged building materials), the Chicago Center for Green Technology, and the new ReBuilding Exchange, Chicago’s first non-profit used building materials store.

Post-conference workshops for deconstruction and C&D materials recycling are ready to go.

Lodging accommodations are available at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro at a special DECON ’09 rate.

PlanetReuse will also be participating in the sessions. Nathan Benjamin will be moderating Session 9 -  "Panel Discussion on Green Building" and also serving as a panelist in Session 14 - "The Material Exchange Websites /Virtual Marketplaces I." The audience for this three-day international conference includes demolition contractors, deconstruction and architectural salvage businesses; construction and demolition materials recyclers; used building materials retailers;
architects; engineers; green builders; governmental agencies; LEED professionals; students in the architectural, engineering, planning, and environmental fields; and anyone else interested in responsible resource use. The BMRA is dedicated to transforming the way we build, renovate, and demolish structures for a resource-conserving future.

DECON '09 - Chicago April 28-30


February 18, 2009
The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) is thrilled to announce the 2009 International Conference on Deconstruction, Building Materials Reuse, and Construction and Demolition Materials Recycling.

DECON '09 will be held on Tuesday, April 28th through Thursday, April 30th, 2009, on the Campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago Chicago, Illinois.

Join PlanetReuse and many other great companies, firms and organizations at this year's conference!

Did we mention it is in Chicago?? - The City of Broad Shoulders. The City that Works. From City Hall's green roof to sustainable urbanization of parks. From the Center for Green Technology to the Green Homes Program. From public policy to private development. Chicago is rapidly becoming the nation's "most environmentally friendly city." What better place to showcase the state of knowledge in building deconstruction, materials reuse, & recycling.

For more information and to register:

See you there!

Sustainable Building Deconstruction Seminar in Pittsburgh, PA February 12, 2009


December 17, 2008
Sustainable Building Deconstruction seminar

It's a practical, one-day seminar for architects, engineers, and contractors where you’ll:
* Learn about the benefits of deconstruction
* Explore opportunities for materials reuse and recycling
* Learn about deconstruction techniques, tools and safety precautions
* Discover how to qualify for LEED materials and resources credits
* Examine regulatory and historic preservation requirements

Pittsburgh, PA
Thursday, February 12, 2009
6.0 AIA SD/HSW Learning Units
6.0 New York HSW Contact Hours for Architects
6.0 New York Contact Hours for Engineers

View full information here

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