Beginning a new year! Conference highlights! and more
"Empowering communities to turn construction and demolition waste into local resources."
Greetings Reuse Advocates
What an incredible year!!
Having served the building material reuse industry for over 25 years, together we proved in 2019 that our organization still has tremendous capacity to continue evolving and growing our impact.
In 2020, we will focus on creating more value for our members and our reuse community. Toward that end, our goal between now and January 31st is to raise $5,000. This money will help us collect data and create industry infographics that can be used by our members to show the impact of reuse.
Join us or continue your support by sharing our fundraiser through social media, email and word of mouth. Be sure to follow our campaign to get updates on our goal and thanks in advance for all you do to support Deconstruction and Reuse
(by the way, we heard your comments and agree that we could have been better organized, we'll definitely work on that for next year! Thanks for the feedback.)
Buzz Saw: Reuse and Decon news and stories from around the country.
"Walkabout: Building the case for deconstruction" check out the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on deconstruction, Construction Junction, and Build Reuse's 2019 conference. Hear from our own Mike Gable and Joe Connell...
photo courtesy of CJ
USGBC releases new brief on city deconstruction, salvage and reuse policies
No news to us of course but they are saying that "Deconstruction is an innovative process that can salvage waste from demolition." Read the full article here and take a look at the brief below. So great to see USGBC embracing decon!
Demolished, abandoned buildings repurposed through program helping struggling communities
Another great example of how deconstruction and reuse is making the news, here is a TV news spot on decon in Baltimore, including our very own Max Pollack from Brick and Board. Check it out here
"There is ingenuity in Africa': the architect who builds with trash."Check out this article in the Guardian about a "Kenya-born architect and social entrepreneur collects recycled and discarded materials from informal recyclers and local businesses, and uses it to construct his buildings"
"The case for ... never demolishing another building". By Oliver Wainwright. Another great article in The Guardian.
The wrecking ball has always been the great symbol of urban progress, going hand in hand with dynamite and dust clouds as the politicians’ favourite way of showing they are getting things done. But what if we stopping knocking things down? What if every existing building had to be preserved, adapted and reused, and new buildings could only use what materials were already available? Could we continue to make and remake our cities out of what is already there? Read on...
Photograph: Omar Marques/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media
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
Become a Build Reuse member!
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.
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