Early Bird Special now through July! 
With a very special RAFFLE for tickets to our DRC20 Conference in Minneapolis! 
Two registrants will be picked at random from those who register in JUNE so sign up now, save $50 off full price!, and maybe win a free registration for DRC20! 

Call for Session Leaders

Applications are STILL OPEN for conference session leaders! Lead a workshop, panel discussion, or topic presentation at this year's Deconstruction & Reuse Conference. Rolling review starts on May 15th. Proposals should generally fit within the three conference tracks:

Buildings: discussions and case studies on how we design, engineer, deconstruct, and preserve our buildings to sustain their value.
Reuse Economics: a dive into the operational side of reuse centers, including retail markets, best practices, operational systems, and process efficiencies.
Communities: a close look at how deconstruction and reuse supports workforce development and jobs, community development, and local economies at various scales. This track includes a focus on developing, incentivizing, and identifying challenges regarding the implementation of deconstruction and salvage policies at the local level.
The goal for presentations this year is to create more interactive sessions with an emphasis on discussion, takeaways, and making connections. Session proposals in the form of workshops, panel discussions, or similar presentation structures are encouraged. The conference planning committee may pair presenters with similar interests or topics as applications are submitted.
Diversity in sessions within the general thematic tracks is also encouraged. Potential sub-themes include:
Branding and marketing
Supply and demand economics
Retail and online sales
Strategic planning and organizational development
Community-based sustainability goals
Deconstruction and salvage ordinances or policies
Waste diversion, climate action and adaptation, or similar plans

More info on our conference here or apply directly.
p.s. we've simplified the form :)



Request for Sponsors

Deconstruction & Reuse Conference 2019

We invite you to support a growing movement to reduce the environmentally harmful and costly practice of demolishing buildings. This movement is led by businesses, researchers, and advocates who promote a viable alternative to demolition and stewardship for used building materials.

You can support this movement and these practitioners by helping sponsor our annual Deconstruction & Reuse Conference to be held October 28 – 30, 2019, in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here are a few reasons to consider sponsorship:

The conference attracts hundreds of BMRA members and related practitioners from across the United States and from around the world. The event is great opportunity for your company to showcase your brand, your services, and your support for a healthier world.

Our goal is to ensure that deconstruction and the salvaging and reuse of building materials becomes a recognized best practice in America and beyond. Our conference will offer presentations and workshops from industry experts to facilitate the transference of knowledge and advance our collective vision.

More companies and communities are looking for ways to address the issues of waste, blight, and lack of economic opportunities in our inner cities. Critical movements and topics, including local circular economies, zero-waste construction, life cycle building, upcycling, embodied carbon, and more, will be core themes at this conference.

The Deconstruction & Reuse Conference will be attended by some of the most passionate and engaged professionals from a myriad of industries, including architecture, construction, deconstruction, warehousing, retail, environmental protection, historic preservation, public policy, and workforce development. Through your generous donation, you represent leadership, innovation, and dedication to a more sustainable and environmentally-conscious world.

Please consider supporting this conference. Check out the options here.


Business for sale

Used Building Materials   
Northwest lower Michigan.

The premier source for reusable building materials in the area, including commercial fixtures and rare quality materials not found elsewhere.  Small scale deconstruction, and common everyday salvage projects are part of operation.
20 years of established clientele, sources and reputation.  Inventory and all assets included. Building lease available or possible sale of building.
see   for the details. Seller wishing to retire, and is willing to assist in a smooth transition.


Job Postings

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
Located in Evanston, IL 

Job Title:  Warehouse Store Manager

The nonprofit Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse (ERW) was founded in 2011 to reduce building materials from entering the wastestream, promote reuse, and rebuild lives. We operate a 13,500 square foot retail store in Evanston, IL open to the public and full of donated building material. We offer deconstruction services to homeowners that want to save their building materials from landfills. And we run a paid workforce training program that provides job readiness and on the job training in deconstruction.

The ERW seeks a Warehouse Store Manager to manage the retail store and related warehouse and transportation operations. The Manager is responsible for the financial performance of the warehouse and as such develops, manages and executes pricing and sales strategies, product inventory and display, donations of building materials and pick up/delivery of those materials. The Manager also supervises 4 warehouse staff to provide a welcoming and helpful experience for customers to buy and donate building materials.

Lifecycle Building Center (LBC)
Located in Atlanta Georgia

Job Title: Director of Operations
(LBC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to converting discarded building materials into community wealth and opportunity. We believe that tapping into this resource makes communities stronger and healthier by creating highly impactful jobs, huge economic benefits and a more sustainable environment.

The Director of Operations is responsible for ensuring the organization goals for material diversion, retail sales, and deconstruction services are met.
A deep commitment to material salvage and reuse and the efficient use of resources within the built environment
Strong leadership skills and the ability to foster a collaborative work environment by encouraging respectful communication and creative thinking among staff
The ability to analyze the performance of operational efficiency and develop/implement systems strategies to achieve consistent improvement
Strong commitment to quality control for all services
Strong written and oral communication skills, ability to effectively represent the organization’s mission, accomplishments and goals both internally and within the public realm.

Have openings you'd like to post? email us at


New members this month - thanks for joining us! 

Building Resources

San Francisco’s only source for reusable building and landscaping materials.
Building Resources is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing our community with low cost high quality materials, in a friendly, clean and organized setting.Our 1 acre is full of wonderful finds and great values. Project ideas are demonstrated throughout our buildings and gardens, all of which are built using 100% reused materials.

Leslie Suh Appraisers
Providing appraisal and valuation services focused in the SF Bay Area. 

Renewing Members

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse 
We're here for your home, your community, your planet.
Evanston, Illinois 

Odom Reuse
Traverse City, Michigan
Odom's is a full service salvage, deconstruction and retail building materials operation in Northern Michigan. We are dedicated to RE-USE and strive to be a model for the building industry.



New addition to our Board of Directors

Stephanie PhillipsStephanie is a Senior Specialist with the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation, where she works with architects, developers, and homeowners to rehabilitate and build in the city’s most significant places and spaces. She manages the city's Rehabber Club initiative, which helps provide homeowners and contractors with hands-on training opportunities in key preservation trades. Visit the club's webpage at

Stephanie is currently leading the city's deconstruction & salvage policy initiative, which aims to maximize material salvage and reuse opportunities from older structures while achieving key sustainability goals. More information can be found at

In addition, she serves on the Executive Committees of Preservation Action and the Association of Preservation Technology - Texas Chapter; as a board member for the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA); and on the fundraising event planning committee for the Power of Preservation Foundation (POP).

Her professional goal is to make restoration, adaptation, and reuse of buildings & building materials the go-to standard in America (and beyond). Additionally, her professional and extracurricular work aims to strengthen the cooperative relationship between preservation and sustainability professionals, particularly those focused on climate change, adaptation, and equity; circular economy policy; and building material recovery and reuse. 
Stephanie was appointed by the Board to replace Caroline Lund who had some big life changes and had to bow out.
Thanks for joining us Stephanie! 


Buzz Saw.  News from salvage to sustainability. 

Brightening "the Dark Side of Green"
A lot of plans for green development in urban settings involve "parks cafés and a river walk", according to this Fast Company article.  Instead, argue the authors, we should pursue development that improves the three E's of environment, economy and equity.  In particular, we should develop in a way that allows working class to enjoy the sustainability improvements as much as wealthier folks.

Drones Planting Trees?
As we recognize that technology has been a cause or contributor to a number of humanity's woes, there are some ways that it may contribute to healing.  One of these could well be the use of drones to plant trees in remote areas at a pace much higher than a human could do.  Learn more.

Proposed Canadian Policy Limits Plastics in Packaging
Resource Recycling reports proposed national legislation in Canada to limit the materials that can be used in packaging.  Materials must either be recyclable or compostable.  Only two plastics make the list.


Deconstruction Project by South Mountain Company

"Deconstructing Mohu"

Often we see old houses being torn down to make room for something newer and often times bigger.  Here is a story that is a little different; what's not different is the benefits that deconstruction can bring.  We learned of this project through one of our supporters South Mountain Company.  Their task was to deconstruct a large summer home on the Vineyard, this project was unique in many ways though.  Bill Graham, the owner whom loved the land, thought it best to have the home removed and used for affordable housing. 

Watch here 

As you might expect, there were many barriers to moving the home in sections, however, South Mountain Company proposed the idea of deconstructing the home.  Everything in the home was wood so materials could be sold to benefit affordable housing or used directly in various projects.  The video below takes a look back at the project.  You can also read more at South Mountain Company's blog here.

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