August 17, 2012
There's a great article on Triple Pundit
on how to make money by recycling and reusing construction material. It comes as a result of re-occurring questions that many designers, home owners, architects, developers, builders and many others about what to do with stuff coming out of projects.
PlanetReuse would like to thank Bill Roth, Founder of Earth 2017
, for his time, interest and continued outreach to help raise awareness about building material reuse.
Here is preview of the article and a link for the balance of the piece, including a link to a short video from our discussion with Bill at Sustainable Brands '12
earlier this year:
Here's a link to the rest of Bill's article. Enjoy!
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!
January 25, 2011
The Cascadia Green Building Council's Trim Tab is an amazing resource for provocative articles, interviews and news on the issues, designs, and people that are truly transforming the built environment.
PlanetReuse is proud to contribute to this great publication where we review successes as well as struggles when it come to material reuse in commercial and residential projects.
To review and download the complete issue and to sign up for updates, visit their website
September 27, 2010
Great video on Building Materials Reuse:
Bryce Jacobson of the Metro Portland Sustainability Center is the narrator of this new film, Reuse It: The Movie.
The twelve minute film provides a background on the current waste stream in the state of Oregon, makes a compelling case for the need to reuse building materials, and provides an overview of the resources available to Oregon residents to find and use salvaged building materials.
What a good example to implement throughout the US in every community.
Nice job BRING and everyone involved!
To view the movie, please click here
July 22, 2010
Every month members of the Iowa Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council get together for a program in which they can discuss and learn about new green technologies or design strategies. Their July monthly meeting will be held this afternoon with guests from The Weidt Group discussing the benefits of comparative analysis through energy modeling. "Energy modeling" can normally allow the designers and owner, "to evaluate mechanical system options and to maximize daylighting potential in early design stages."
Next month the event will change gears to focus it's attention on the world of reclaimed and salvaged materials. Guest speaker Nathan Benjamin will deliver the August program titled, "Making Reclaimed Material Reuse Easier." If you are in the area and interested in learning more about incorporating reclaimed materials into your next project, or just looking to further your LEED knowledge base, be sure to attend the Iowa USGBC Chapter August program. Find out more about registering for this event here.
April 06, 2010
From May 18-19, our nation's capital will be putting their greenest foot forward to host the USGBC Federal Summit which boasts the theme, "Leadership in Sustainability from Coast to Coast." The Federal Summit provides the USGBC, government officials, industry leaders and non-profit community experts the opportunity to all learn from one another, discuss policies, and network with other industry-people passionate about the boom in green building. If you are a government employee, there will be a half-day Forum dedicated to government-focused programming as well. Keynote government speakers will include Director of U.S. General Services Administration Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings Kevin Kampschroer, U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program Manager Richard Kidd, Urban Land Institute Senior Research Fellow Tom Murphy, U.S. General Services Administration Commissioner of Public Buildings Bob Peck, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Associate Administrator for Procurement and Senior Budget Analyst Cynthia Vallina.
Among the many educational sessions to attend is #201 titled, "Building Material Reuse, the Purest Form of Recycling - Successful Models and Future Tools." The focus of this session shall be, "how practitioners and clients have addressed challenges and opportunities around reuse, including how they dealt with government infrastructure to accomplish their goals." The practitioners and clients that have been asked to share their experiences include Liz Ogbu of Public Architecture
, Ted Huang of Webcor Builders
, Darin Headrick from the Greensburg Schools
, and Nathan Benjamin of PlanetReuse.
If you wish to attend the USGBC Federal Summit, early-bird discount rates will be available until May 4th for both government and non-government workers. For more information, click here
March 17, 2010
Next week from March 21-23, the National Demolition Association will be holding their 37th Annual Convention. This convention will take place in Las Vegas, NV in the 100,000 square foot Mirage Convention Center.
"As the largest exhibition of demolition products and services in the world, the NDA’s annual convention draws everyone involved in the demolition process from around the globe."
Being the largest event in the industry, the NDA hopes to push sustainability at this years' conference by means of actively educating membership throughout their sessions. Nathan Benjamin has been asked to speak about Material Reuse, its perceived roadblocks, and ways it makes sense for the environment and for demo companies' bottom line. The panel will be on Tuesday in the late morning education session. If you are in the demolition industry and are interested in attending this fantastic event, click here
for more information.
Hopefully we will see you there!