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Published on March 8th, 2009 | by ziggy

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Building with Reclaimed Lumber and Recycled Materials

One of the most sustainable ways to acquire materials for building a house is to collect parts from soon-to-be demolished homes. You can save money from buying new lumber, which in turn will prevent deforestation, and you can recycle other materials like doors, windows, and bricks that would otherwise continue to fill up landfills.

But perhaps you’re not sure how to go about deconstructing a house. Read ahead to find out how to safely deconstruct a home and build with reclaimed lumber, instead of destroying and ruining precious building materials.

How to Deconstruct a House

I live at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, which is in the depopulated northeastern corner of Missouri. Nearby towns are brimming with abandoned and derelict houses and buildings, and builders at Dancing Rabbit frequently acquire lumber for their own homes from these sources.

Here’s an article describing how to deconstruct an old house and recycle the lumber for building. As is explained, buildings are constantly being demolished, but oftentimes you can track down the owners and convince them to let you deconstruct the building.

You will need but a few tools, and possibly a few friends, and then you will rake in the rewards of acquiring free building materials. You too can investigate the abandoned buildings in your area and learn which are ripe for deconstructing.

Deconstruction versus Destruction

More frequently than not, houses and derelict buildings are destroyed — smashed to smithereens, so that none of the materials can be used again, and then everything is sent away to a landfill.

In fact, 30-40% of all landfill waste is construction and demolition debris in the United States. Why ruin perfectly good materials and then throw them away? Unfortunately, it’s much easier to simply destroy a building rather than to take it apart.

There is much to be gained in using recylced building materials: you can save money, prevent deforestation, and reclaim materials that would otherwise end up as trash.

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Information Technology Newsweekly July 13, 2010 Single Source Group (SSG), New England’s leading provider of state-of-the-art, fully customized voice, video and data solutions designed and completed the installation of audio video solutions for conference and training rooms at the new Cheshire County Department of Corrections located in Keene, NH. website south shore medical center

“Since we needed multi-functional rooms capable of various types of training, media and audience sizes, SSG was brought in early in the construction phase to design flexibility into the rooms. Paramount to our selection was an easy to learn and use environment for all presenters when providing the training,” said Captain Robert L. Hummel, Director of Training at Cheshire County Department of Corrections.

To ensure the safety, security and humane treatment of inmates and employees at the facility, newly hired correctional officers are required to complete a thorough training program. Existing staff is also required to attend yearly refresher classes. Included are situational and classroom training from internal and external resources with classes ranging from CPR, suicide prevention, various procedural to firearm training to name a few.

SSG designed a flexible system that utilizes Crestron touch panels and EIKI projectors to allow for room separation for smaller audiences and master control for all systems from one podium for use with larger audiences.

“I can’t express enough how impressed I was, both with the design and quality of the equipment recommended by SSG and the professional nature of the installation,” said Captain Robert L. Hummel. “It was on time, on schedule and on budget! The post installation support continues to be exceptional and has been proof positive that we teamed with right partner by going with SSG.” Single Source Group (SSG) is New England’s leading provider of state-of-the-art, fully customized voice, video and data solutions for boardrooms, conference rooms, global offices, production studios and training facilities. site south shore medical center

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About the Author

I'm a 26-year-old currently living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, an intentional community devoted to sustainable living and culture change. Things you might find me doing here (other than blogging) are building with natural materials, gardening, beekeeping, making cheese, candlemaking, and above all else, living simply. You can read about my on-going natural building projects at: http://www.small-scale.net/yearofmud



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  • echochartruce

    Just be careful when using recycled materials. Some councils require windows and structural wood to be engineered certified and this can cost more than buying a new piece.

  • echochartruce

    Just be careful when using recycled materials. Some councils require windows and structural wood to be engineered certified and this can cost more than buying a new piece.

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  • http://www.goodrichbrothers.com Reused Building Materials

    What a great article on how to reuse building materials. What a great way to reuse materials and help save the planets resourses at the same time.

  • http://www.goodrichbrothers.com Reused Building Materials

    What a great article on how to reuse building materials. What a great way to reuse materials and help save the planets resourses at the same time.

  • http://www.centennialwoods.com Ric Mathews

    Centennial Woods is a U.S.G.B.C. (U.S.Green Building Council) manufacture of reclaimed, sustainable Wyoming snow fence products for applications including, but not limited to: siding, soffit, trim, & fascia. We also offer a line of tongue and groove products for: floors, walls, & ceiling applications. Ideal for Crafters! Our Product is the best! Don’t get tricked into buying barn-wood. We offer 1×6 rough-sawn, weathered wood in lengths from 4’ up to 16’, where barn wood is typically 10ft on average or less. Unlike most barn wood or salvaged building boards, our product has never been chemically treated and so its beauty is 100% natural. This means no harmful off-gassing or old lead-based paint will make its way into your home. Please visit our web site located at http://www.centennialwoods.com and order today!! Or call us toll-free in Laramie, WY at 866-778-8762 to discuss your project.

    Sales Price: $1.69 LF 1”x6” 4′-16′ lengths, rough cut and weathered (extra for wire brushing or additional mill-work).

    Sales Price: $6.99 SQ-FT ¾”x 5” tongue and groove plank, 4’-12’ random lengths. 100% smooth or 50% skip-planed.

    Also ask about deals on our “short” inventory!!! We sell by the palate

  • http://www.centennialwoods.com Ric Mathews

    Centennial Woods is a U.S.G.B.C. (U.S.Green Building Council) manufacture of reclaimed, sustainable Wyoming snow fence products for applications including, but not limited to: siding, soffit, trim, & fascia. We also offer a line of tongue and groove products for: floors, walls, & ceiling applications. Ideal for Crafters! Our Product is the best! Don’t get tricked into buying barn-wood. We offer 1×6 rough-sawn, weathered wood in lengths from 4’ up to 16’, where barn wood is typically 10ft on average or less. Unlike most barn wood or salvaged building boards, our product has never been chemically treated and so its beauty is 100% natural. This means no harmful off-gassing or old lead-based paint will make its way into your home. Please visit our web site located at http://www.centennialwoods.com and order today!! Or call us toll-free in Laramie, WY at 866-778-8762 to discuss your project.

    Sales Price: $1.69 LF 1”x6” 4′-16′ lengths, rough cut and weathered (extra for wire brushing or additional mill-work).

    Sales Price: $6.99 SQ-FT ¾”x 5” tongue and groove plank, 4’-12’ random lengths. 100% smooth or 50% skip-planed.

    Also ask about deals on our “short” inventory!!! We sell by the palate

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    this is the dumbest thing ever

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