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EPA press release honors PlanetReuse for building material reuse efforts


November 26, 2008


(Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 30, 2008) - The Planet Reuse Project in Kansas City, Mo., and the Greensburg, Kan., Arts Center, designed by the University of Kansas Studio 804, have been recognized for Lifestyle Building Challenge 2 (LBC2) Awards.

LBC2 is a partnership of EPA, the Building Materials Reuse Association, the American Institute of Architects, Southface, West Coast Green, and StopWaste.Org. The partnership invited professionals and students nationwide to submit designs that support cost-effective disassembly and reuse of building materials.

The PlanetReuse Project received the top award in the Professional Built category for their Material Reuse Tool. The tool is an on-line resource that provides homeowners, architects, deconstruction professionals and local municipalities with an industry solution to find, sustainably deconstruct and reclaim building materials. Planet Reuse has supported the reuse of more than 20,100 tons of building materials to reduce more than 2,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The concept removes common barriers associated with material reuse.


Images from EPA Waste Wise Award Ceremony


November 21, 2008
Recently PlanetReuse recieved an award from the EPA in Washington, DC! Here are the pictures from the event (little dark hoping for better ones to come.)

CEO Brad Hardin recieving the award

The event was great as a number of industry manufacturers and businesses have committed themselves to sustainable manufacturing and managing the waste from their processes. Of course, PlanetReuse was recieving an Innovation award for sustainably using reclaimed materials!


Roderick Bates -Kieran Timberlake, Michael Mariano-Schemata, Pam Swingle-EPA, Brad Hardin-PlanetReuse, Benno van Noort-Van Noort Designs LLC

Planet Reuse recently at HNTB architects!


November 21, 2008
A big thanks to Walt Bleser for arranging our last lunch and learn with the team at HNTB! It was a great turnout and exciting to hear how HNTB has embraced sustainable design practices and are so open to material reuse! We look forward to working with HNTB and their talented design staff soon.

Finding navigation problems or other usability issues on


November 14, 2008

We've recently released our 2.5 version. Unfortunately, the last build had a minor bug with the image thumbnails on the material listings page we're working on fixing this evening.

We believe that all of the issues have been captured and taken care of, but be sure to email us at dfox @ or comment in this thread if you identify any other usability issues. As always, we welcome feedback and recommendations on how to improve the user experience over at PlanetReuse.

(oh, and watch for the release of the online shop for our 3.0 version in January!)

Daniel Fox, CCO

PlanetReuse chosen as the winners in the professional build innovation with Lifecycle Building Challenge!


November 11, 2008 is an online resource that provides homeowners, architects, decon professionals and local municipalities with an industry solution to find, reclaim and sustainably deconstruct and reclaim building materials. PlanetReuse was created to enable material reuse at all levels, from residential, commercial to municipal and this successful concept, continues to remove common barriers associated with material reuse and is pushing forward in completing a buildings' Life Cycle.

Read more about our entry and us here

PlanetReuse now offers deconstruction consultation services


November 11, 2008
With our Deconstruction Consultation Service, we help municipalities, building owners, demolition and general contractors to evaluate materials that can be reclaimed, reused and recycled for commercial and municipal projects. PlanetReuse can generate the necessary UL Certification, Structural Engineering Reviews, LEED Innovation Point Potential and other documentation required to resell building materials. We fully inventory all reusable materials, with documentation, photographs and other information in our searchable database, made available for architects and designers online.

Contact us at info @ or join us at to learn more about our online tools to help you locate, source and resell reclaimed commercial and residential building material.

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PlanetReuse 2.5 goes live tonight at midnight!


November 11, 2008

We've taken your feedback and comments from other sustainably-minded designers and architects to introduced two new tools into the PlanetReuse online engine to help the end user find and source reclaimed and underutilized material for green building.

Our Material Brokering Services help architects and designers incorporate reused materials into their commercial and residential projects. With the relationships we have in place with our partners, PlanetReuse can help locate materials unavailable on the website to help complete your project. With the Request Materials form, you can place free requests on PlanetReuse to reduce the amount of legwork needed to find reused building material for LEED MR credits. We'll help connect you through our brokering services by sending samples to your doorstep. You can also View Material Requests other users have submitted online to help you grow your business and help divert construction material from landfill.

Although we're taking down our online Shop temporarily, we're introducing a tool to allow users to enter available materials they have and want to move through our material brokering services. Stay tuned for an update or simply visit on November 12th to see the next evolution of PlanetReuse, connecting contractors, homeowners, architects, designers, architectural reclamation stores, and deconstruction professionals together for a bigger, better online sustainable tool. @ West Coast Green Conference


September 27, 2008

We had a great time at West Coast Green! We flew in to San Jose on Thursday and met with the EPA gals from the Lifecycle Building Challenge. We got the chance that night to have a happy hour with the group from the LCB2 !

Nathan and I got a great chance on Friday to hear Sarah Susanka, Hunter Lovins and others present on the future of green and hear their takes.

NB and BH also attended a green company marketing session. I had a question about how to market to break down industry perceptions...particularly in material reuse and was answered by education. So as such we take good advice to heart and look for us over the coming months to continue to market heavily to online communities and the blogosphere.

Thanks for Dan and Kent attending the Get into Green Event here in Kansas City. And we'll have to have DF give us the lowdown on how the event shook out.

LEED with


March 16, 2008
Want to use reclaimed and salvage materials to save the environment? Do you have salvaged and reclaimed building materials to sell? Are you looking for a way to get those LEED MR credits? is the answer.

As featured in Dwell, HGTV, Bob Vila and Greenability, PlanetReuse has become the most anticipated, free to use site in the design, construction, salvage, demolition and LEED community.

And it’s no wonder why. PlanetReuse’s simple and easy-to-use format allows demolition and salvage professionals to easily post and sell their materials and products online. With its robust search capabilities, architects, homeowners and design professionals can sort through a large amount of listings to quickly get to the products they’re looking for.

The best part is that it’s totally FREE to use! No weird credits to buy. No forced advertising. No listing fees. No product searching fees. No charge to ask questions to sellers about a product. It’s totally free to use!

So what exactly is PlanetReuse? It's is an online warehouse that connects buyers and sellers of reclaimed, reusable and excess building materials.

- We take care of the sale through the site and keep it safe with PayPal on transactions up to $1,000,000.00.

- We offer multiple shipping options as a free service through the site with established partners in FreightQuote and FedEx.

- We coordinate for local pickup for our buyers and sellers and let them save on shipping costs if they want to take care of it themselves.

- We create a community of trust and reputation with user ratings after every transaction.

- We let users post questions about listed products on our message boards to the seller at no cost.

- Users even get points for buying and selling through PlanetReuse, redeemable for American Express gift cards!

We aren’t eBay and we aren’t Craigslist. We’re simply better, because PlanetReuse is focused on the construction community and providing buyers and sellers with the best online tool for material reuse by reaching the right audience.

There is a huge need for design professionals and builders to connect and keep our Earth’s valuable resources in buildings and out of landfills. We believe in the power of homeowners to live sustainably and use reclaimed materials in their homes. And we believe that as Green building practice becomes just plain good design, PlanetReuse will be there to support these efforts.

Feel free to forward this on to anyone who might want to know about this valuable resource and thanks for joining the REmovement of virgin materials from our waste stream with!

Brad, Daniel and Nathan
office: 816.298.7947

2 Days and Counting


March 15, 2008
So we have approximately two days left till the launch. Everything is up and running the pages are populated and we are ready to go! We will be tweaking and improving the site on a continual basis as we move forward so feel free to send us any site related suggestions anyone might have about improvements, user experience and usability to

After all it's everyone's site and we'd love to hear from you!

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