Deconstruction in Portland: Lessons Learned from the Field
For twenty years, the ReBuilding Center in Portland, Oregon, pioneered deconstruction and honed the art and science of taking buildings apart piece by piece, salvaging useful parts for reuse. With the assistance and support of the ReBuilding Center, the City of Portland passed an ordinance in 2016 mandating deconstruction of all residential buildings built during or prior to 1916, with the goal of widespread adoption of deconstruction as environmentally superior to mechanical demolition. Three years later, the ReBuilding Center closed its Deconstruction Services, exiting a sector that is now well-serviced by several for-profit firms that emerged in the years following the ordinance and the market it created. If your organization or municipality is considering advocating an ordinance mandating or supporting deconstruction in your region, this session will present you with some lessons learned from our efforts in Portland. We'll talk about what worked and what we could have done better, and share some insights from both the city and the nonprofit perspective.
Jackie Kirouac-Fram has spent her career helping nonprofits thrive through stakeholder engagement, strategic collaboration, and continuous improvement toward equity and inclusion. Since March 2019, she has served as Executive Director at the ReBuilding Center, a nonprofit that supports community resilience in the Portland, Oregon region by providing access to affordable home improvement materials and skills-building classes in repair and reuse, and diverts more than 1,800 tons of material from landfills each year. Prior to this position, she was Vice President at FOCUS St. Louis, a nonprofit civic leadership education organization, where she directed program development, fundraising, marketing, and member and alumni relations. Jackie has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Saint Louis University, where she published at the intersection of urban policy and racial equity. She has spent her entire career in the nonprofit sector and believes in the power of communities to drive policy change toward social justice.
Shawn Wood is the Construction Waste Specialist with the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Shawn helped develop and currently manages the City’s deconstruction ordinance – a first-of-its kind whole-house deconstruction requirement. This requirement has resulted in the creation of new deconstruction contractors, new salvage retail operations and over 200 deconstruction projects in three years. Shawn is a preservationist at heart and has a strong passion for restoration and woodworking.
Nurturing Salvage from Commercial Deconstruction
Google and Building Product Ecosystems will discuss current attempts to increase the salvage of reusable material resources from commercial buildings in the Bay Area and beyond. Please joinLauren Sparandara, Sustainability Manager, Google and Amanda Kaminsky, Founder + Principal, Building Product Ecosystems to discuss commercial salvage drivers, challenges encountered, strategies being learned, and useful resources available to streamline collective implementation as we evolve toward increasingly restorative, circular design and construction frameworks.
Amanda Kaminsky is Founder and Principal of Building Product Ecosystems [BPE] LLC, operating multi-disciplinary collaboratives that evolve feedstocks, recycling, infrastructure, and logistics for optimal systemic health and performance of major building materials. BPE pilots improvements to product, process, and infrastructure on behalf of building owners, their design and construction teams, supply chains, recycling networks, and impacted communities, engaging regional policy makers and academic research as needed. Collective pilot learnings are shared amongst collaborators for expedited industry progress. Informed by piloting and lab testing, solutions are quality-controlled and streamlined for scaled implementation via evolution of existing codes/standards, and creation of new ones. BPE was originally founded by Amanda and The Durst Organization as a public private partnership with Parsons, The New School, City University of New York, Healthy Building Network, and Vidaris. Before and during early stages of BPE, Amanda also led sustainable construction and procurement efforts at The Durst Organization, from 2005-2015. In collaboration with NYC Department of Sanitation, she managed execution of New York City’s first high rise residential organics collection/compost program, and further deployed those learnings in roll-out of the first portfolio-wide commercial organics collection program in NYC. Amanda Chairs theHealth Product Declaration Collaborative Board, and is a Director on the Board of Healthy Building Network, and the Recycling Certification Institute. BPE became a Reuse Partner of Build Reuse (the Building Materials Reuse Association) in 2019 to forge reuse collaborations with others. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from University of Virginia.
Lauren Sparandara is a REWS Sustainability Program Manager at Google, Inc. As a Sustainability Program Manager, she advances Google’s efforts to optimize our built environments for the health and performance of Googlers and the natural environment. Her team engages collaboratively with development, build to suit, and master planning project teams to serve as an ambassador of Google’s values and support them with the tools and resources necessary to achieve Google’s aspirational goals. Prior to Google, she was a Senior Green Building Consultant for the DNV GL Group. Mrs. Sparandara obtained her environmental management degree from Yale University and her architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a LEED AP and GRI Certified Sustainability Reporter. With over a decade of experience in the green building industry she has consulted on over 50 LEED projects of a wide variety of scope and scale.
Why do we reuse materials.
Profit? not so much :)
Because we care about the planet our children and grandchildren will inherit? Absolutely!
The "shopper" below is why what we do matters. When I was this age our society was actively dismantling most of the systems for reuse that were in place for centuries. Yup, we had a milkman; the cutting edge now seems to be about bringing him back. Sweet, love it.
The milk man is symbolic, the milk bottle refilled is a symbol of so much that we have lost track of on our quest for an economy based on maximizing human interests on this planet. Our greatest challenge as a society now is to evolve still further into a world where we continue to reinvest our material wealth to further our species and protect all the other ones too.
Build Reuse was renamed such because we believe that the materials in our buildings can not be wasted if we want to pass anything like what we know on to those that follow us.
And Build Reuse needs to grow, so that we can help our world evolve into the next phase of human life on this planet. Reuse helps to embody carbon, it helps to preserve natural resources, it helps create vibrant communities through job creation and resource upcycling.
And we can not grow without your support.
To be honest we are no where near the goal for this fundraiser. We need all of your help to spread the word, donate, and maybe even pass on to your entire network.
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Build Reuse T-shirts
Wouldn't it be great if folks all across the country were promoting reuse! Now we have a sweet new t-shirt to help start conversations.
5 colors, unisex and women' slim fit!
Proceeds help Build Reuse, so help us out and spread the word about reuse! Shirts ordered through Bonfire and shipped directly to you after Sept 26th.
[there are not the conference t-shirts, they are still in design and will be posted later in Sept. If you have ordered through the conference sign up we'll take care of it. But you'll want these too! The first of our limited edition. So...
To transform our communities by creating a building industry in which used and excess materials become an asset to our communities and waste is no longer acceptable
Empowering communities to turn construction and demolition waste into local resources
Our Core Principles
The members and supporters of Build Reuse believe:
1. The present linear economic model relying on consumption of “new” products and materials is unsustainable.
2. The Reuse of building materials needs to be recognized as a key component of sustainability goals
3. Reuse recognizes and prioritizes existing community value.
4. Reuse is most impactful when implemented locally
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Please remember, we depend on you to keep us going. Membership is the foundation of our organization; we can’t do what we do without our members financial support. Please renew or join today and help us to keep building a vibrant building materials reuse economy.