Finding salvaged materials for construction projects is no easy feat. Enter PlanetReuse, a sort of Match.com for homeowners, contractors, architects and builders to connect with others who have discarded materials ready for reuse.
Shingle debris from one average home can help pave 200 feet of a two-lane highway. But how does the process work? We talked with the CEO of Dem-Con to find out.
One West Virginia couple has made a home entirely of repurposed windows and salvaged materials.
The Reuse Inspiration Contest, sponsored by Construction Junction and publicized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, pits contestants against each other in using reclaimed items for home-renovation and art projects.
A Nike concept store in China takes recycling to a whole new level — no virgin materials were used to make the store.
The 2013 Solar Decathlon features college students facing off in a quest to build the best solar-powered house on the block.
The Boy Scouts of America’s high-adventure base camp is a world-class model for sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Ever wondered what becomes of shingles when they’re no longer serving their purpose on rooftops? Many are used in asphalt to pave roads — which is a much better alternative than being sent to a landfill. Learn more about how the process works and what you can do to make sure your shingles are recycled in this infographic from Hometown Roofing Contractors: Homepage photo: Flickr/AtomBoy200
It’s OK, health care, take a chance on going green. A study five years ago and a follow-up done just to be sure have confirmed that there’s a minimal cost, if any, to give health care facilities greener designs. Results of the first study, “Demystifying First-Cost Green Building Premiums in Healthcare,” conducted in 2008, showed that the capital cost premium for green health care design was 2.4 percent. A lot of questions among health care institutions were circling at the time about green design and its costs. Authors of the study believed the results would put the cost concerns to rest. “We thought the findings would help to be a myth-buster,” co-author Gail Vittori told Healthcare Design. But the data wasn’t enough. Concern over cost premiums persisted. The topic was revisited in a new study that used a new set of hospital projects, all completed between 2010 and 2012. And all were Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. What were the results? The averages … Continued
This home conversion in the Netherlands, once the gymnasium of an abandoned school building, may make you think twice about unused public spaces.