Decon '11: Recycling and Reuse
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Attending Decon '11 Reusing building materials is an increasingly pressing topic as the global recession continues and people begin to notice greenhouse gas emissions caused by the production of new building materials (see “A... I will attend a session on measuring the impact of reused building materials, which will assess the life-cycle impacts of deconstructable building products—an issue raised in the recent EBN feature “Re-Framing Sustainability: Green Structural Engineering,” April 2011—and reclaimed lumber use. There is also a panel discussion—Designing with Reused Materials I—which I will attend to better understand building material reuse and its challenges and opportunities. New Orleans—A Case Study The Deconstruction Case Studies I session highlights the Rebuilding Together New Orleans’ (RTNO) Deconstruction & Salvage Program initiated after Hurricane Katrina. The program’s mission is to “reduce construction and demolition waste from entering landfills, provide affordable salvaged building materials to the public through commerce, and advocate for a sustainable alternative to conventional demolition.” I hope to learn how this program can be replicated in other disaster areas and beyond. The second half of this session is focused on non-profit deconstruction, specifically how Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, North Carolina has utilized deconstruction in its work. I have not previously heard of Habitat homes being built with reclaimed materials, and am excited to hear of any obstacles and successes. Check Back Soon Stay tuned next week for more blog posts about the sessions, speakers, and any interesting tidbits I come across!