Marketplace for Reclaimed Building Materials
Created 9/6/2010 8:27:27 AM 
Fueled by the need for both economy and sustainability, deconstruction increasingly makes sense as a solution for old, vacant buildings. There are currently some 14 million vacant homes in the United States alone, containing materials valued at USD 75 billion; meanwhile, the market for green building materials is expected to exceed USD 31 billion in the U.S. by 2014.
Staple-Free Eco Stapler
Created 3/26/2010 7:40:20 AM 
You know this gadget, ever present in every office. A stapler is a mechanical device that joins sheets of paper or similar material by driving a thin metal staple through the sheets and folding the ends. If each one of the UK's ten million office workers used one less staple every day, 120 tons of steel would be saved each year. For comparison, the construction of the Staples Center in downtown LA used 2,500 tons.
Container City in Mexico: Grand Scale Recycling
Created 2/19/2010 8:11:53 AM 
Containers are an extremely flexible method of construction, being both modular in shape, extremely strong structurally and readily available. Container Cities offer an alternative solution to traditional space provision. They are ideal for office and workspace, live-work and key-worker housing.
Find Riches in Recycling Carpets
Created 2/5/2010 8:41:58 AM 
According to the EPA, about four billion pounds of carpet go into the waste stream every year in the USA alone - much of it is used, some is new carpet left over from building construction. A lot of that carpet (and carpet backing) is made of cheap, durable polypropylene fiber, which makes up about 80% of the sales for commercial carpet.
Profits Hidden in the Rubble
Created 11/25/2009 7:40:55 AM 
Construction and demolition (C&D) waste consists of all waste originating from construction, renovation and demolition activities, such as rubble, bricks and tiles. The building, construction and demolition industry is one of the largest producers of waste in the world. It is estimated that these materials account for about a quarter of the waste stream. Many of these materials can be reused or recycled, thus prolonging our supply of natural resources and potentially saving money in the process.
Profit from Abandoned Constructions
Created 5/18/2009 8:08:14 AM 
There is a huge amount of existing buildings not in used anymore, and we need to be smarter about disposing of them. Particularly if you look at the older structures, they are wonderful from a design perspective. With high floor-to-floor ceiling heights that allow us to bring in a lot of natural daylight, allowing for good circulation systems, optimizing how you set up your lighting systems. And of course, the buildings themselves are pretty strong, sturdy buildings. They've been around so long and they have a lot of materials in them that you take advantage of.
The Deconstruction Business
Created 12/19/2008 8:22:19 AM 
Vacant, run-down buildings are usually viewed as a community liability, with quick demolition seen as the only solution. A more eco-minded approach, however, is deconstruction, which allows for the salvage of the building's still-usable pieces. This activity is defined as the selective dismantlement of building components, specifically for re-use, recycling, and waste management. It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building by the most expedient means.
The Ultimate Recycling Challenge
Created 11/7/2008 7:44:36 AM 
Founded in 1993 by partners Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano in New York city, LOT-EK (pronounced low-tech) is noted for its inventive reuse of prefabricated objects and industrial materials. The firm is committed to ecologically responsible methods of construction, and incorporates unexpected elements such as oil tankers and shipping containers in its residential, commercial, and institutional projects.
Get Rich Recycling Car Upholstery
Created 6/20/2008 7:37:32 AM 
Vinyl is one of the largest-volume plastics used in the United States. Some 15 billion pounds are produced annually. About 70 percent is made into durable building and construction products such as pipe, windows and siding. Some of the material is also used commonly as car upholstery. Once the auto has reached it's useful life, the material is discarded to the landfill.
The Priceless Gift of Green Graffiti
Created 2/29/2008 6:21:31 AM 
Guerilla gardening has a new meaning as street artist Edina Tokodi grows site-specific moss installations of animal figures on wooden construction planks, utility poles, and billboards. Her idea of graffiti, or 'grassfiti' rather, invites the viewer to explore with touch and reclaim a bond with nature. These works of greenery really pop in contrast to the surrounding condo-clustered Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg

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