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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.

April 22nd-23rd: Midwest Urban Deconstruction Forum.


March 09, 2010

As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, keep this outstanding event in mind when mapping out your plans. On April 22nd and 23rd, the Midwest Urban Deconstruction Forum will be held at the Chicago headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and hosted by USEPA Region 5 Land and Chemicals Division, Region 5 Brownfields Program, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, and Office of Brownfields & Land Revitalization.

"The Midwest Urban Deconstruction Forum will provide an excellent opportunity to establish a regional dialogue among local-level decision makers and look at new initiatives and challenges related to:

· evaluating successful strategies to incorporate deconstruction into communities’ efforts to manage abandoned buildings,
· evaluating economic viability of deconstruction on municipal projects,
· encouraging deconstruction, reuse, and recycling in the community, and
· creating local jobs through deconstruction."

If you have some experience with deconstruction, this event would be extremely valuable to consider attending. There are only fifty spots available to encourage an educated discussion and information-sharing event for individuals and communities that already have some experience in deconstruction. If you would like to attend, April 1st is the deadline for registration.

If you are in the Chicago area already and are looking for a more introductory level event, perhaps look into attending the 3rd annual 'Green Your Footprint' held at the Flair Tower which is the newest LEED certified residential building in Chicago.

As it gets closer to Earth Day 2010, check back here for information on more exceptional events taking place around the nation and globe!

USGBC Chicago Chapter Event: "Deconstruction: Why, How, Now?"


February 12, 2010

February 23rd, Nathan Benjamin will be speaking at another USGBC event in Chicago. Fellow speakers will include Dave Hampton, President of the Urban Habitat Chicago and Echo Studio, and Elise Zelechowski, Deputy Executive Director of the Delta Institute. Here is a little bit of information on the topic of discussion which will be, "Deconstruction: Why, How, Now?"

"Deconstruction, the process of carefully dismantling a building in order to salvage components for reuse, results in products for sale, a trained labor force, and improved environmental quality by keeping air and water cleaner while diverting thousands of tons of material from overtaxed landfills. This panel discussion will cover deconstruction in various aspects, from WHY it is important to utilize methods of deconstruction over a traditional demolition process, HOW it is done, and NOW covering projects and resources available to facilitate deconstruction."

If you would like more specific information on attending this event, click here. See you there!

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!

The STAGE before and after...


February 12, 2009
Here are some great pics of the stage before and during its deconstruction. Enjoy!

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

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