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PlanetReuse in April issue of Popular Mechanics!

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March 16, 2010
PlanetReuse continues to broaden it's horizons with our most recent mention in the April 2010 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine! You will find us in the "Upgrade: Smart Home" section among other sustainable companies with the following write-up.

"The main challenge of using second-hand building materials? Navigating the salvage yards to find what you need. Kansas City's PlanetReuse acts as your scrap agent, sourcing anything from ex-ocean-boardwalk lumber to brick from an abandoned factory. The matchmakers pair materials requests with new online listings in an operation so streamlined that the firm can often price salvaged items for less than an equivalent new material. Good thing - they don't mill it like they used to."

To name a few of our page-side neighbors, US HydroTech is mentioned for their graywater filtration system, Green Depot showcases their line of nontoxic cleaning supplies, and Energy Complete explains the importance of using their spray-foam latex sealer. To view our mention as the "salvage scavengers" in this month's publication, click on the second image to enlarge!

Greensburg School visual progress report.

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December 21, 2009
Here are a few images of where Greensburg School construction is currently and a little background information about our involvement with BNIM Architects in this project.

"Poignantly, the project features siding created from 3,600 board feet of cypress salvaged from trees destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Using disaster recovered wood means less harvesting of live, new wood. PlanetReuse also sourced materials for interior slat paneling, exterior bridges and walkways, including 72,000 lineal feet of reclaimed hemlock fir, 22,000 lineal feet of Douglas fir and quantities of a 2x6 pine/spruce/fir mix from the St. Louis, Missouri area."

For more views of the structure throughout construction, join the PlanetReuse Facebook group and take a look at our work in the "Group Photos" section!

PlanetReuse and reused steel sourcing

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December 15, 2008

Designers and builders have long recognized and lauded steel for its strength, durability, and functionality. Increasingly, however, architects are recognizing steel’s important environmental attributes — especially its high recycled content and high reclamation rate.

For many years, there has been a strong economic motive to incorporate recycling into the process for making steel, but today's environmental concerns make recycling even more important. Recycling saves money while conserving energy andresources, as well as reducing solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes. Recycling also helps to spread the energy impact of the original extraction and manufacturing of the material over infinite generations of new steel.

http://www.recycle-steel.org/PDFs/leed/steel_takes_LEED_011405.pdf

Not only does using recycled steel contribute positively to the bottom line, but it also contributes towards LEED. The location of the fabricator, and not just the mill, can be when calculating the local and regional material used on a project. This helps designers reach LEED 3.1, 3.2 in addition to 4.1 and 4.2:

Credit 4.1 (1 point) "Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of postconsumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 10% (based on cost) of the total value of the materials in the project."

Credit 4.2 (1 point) "Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 20% of the total value of the materials in the project."


*image used as courtesy of http://www.reuse-steel.org

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