Recycled Materials & Waste

Repurposed building materials and waste management

Guide

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

Sensible design, material re-use and using recycling centers can reduce what you send to a landfill… The best way to reduce waste is to plan ahead to keep it at a minimum; here are some suggestions on how you can do that: Design your house with reduced waste in mind by keeping the plans at sensible dimensions. If you…

Recycled building materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

Get money for your old building material and Find used building materials on classified lists and through online brokers… When buildings are decommissioned there can be a lot of valuable materials that could be used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable materials are being sent to a land fill. Th…

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub

Recycled & reclaimed materials

Recycled building materials can add character to a home while you save money and reduce building waste in landfills… The cost of every item we purchase is determined in part by the price of oil. This includes products that are in no way petroleum based, since material extraction, manufacturing and transportation will…

Diving to retrieve sunken timber from the log drive

Reclaiming sunken timber from the log drive

Salvage companies are pulling up logs from the bottoms of rivers, where a century and a half of log drives has left behind a lot of great wood… As a kid growing up along the Gatineau River in Quebec, watching tugboats pulling log booms down the river was commonplace, and logs that got loose were a great source of ente…

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.

The rise of urban logging

Felled trees in residential areas have most often been either burned as waste, or taken to landfills. With the help of portable mills and tree salvage companies, better use is being made of this valuable resource… It's always a bit sad to watch an old and seemingly healthy tree come down. But if it must, it's great to…

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

Decommissioned aircraft getting second life as recycled metal is used as exterior cladding… They might be parked a little more precisely than an auto wrecking yard, but that doesn’t mean they will ever fly again. Decommissioned aircraft have been declared so, because they have reached the end of their safe flying days…

building with recycled shipping pallets

Building with recycled shipping pallets

built with 105 recycled shipping pallets, this innovative structure by b sq. Design Studio Inc. included walkways, a playhouse, a water feature, and vertical herb gardens that delighted visitors at the flower and garden festival… b sq. Design Studio Inc. is a Toronto based landscape design and build firm that endeavou…

Plastic in landfill

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

An emerging technology that can make use of waste plastic… Though we all diligently cart our plastic to the curb for recycling, the sad reality is that only about 7% of it is commercially viable for recycling, the rest ends up as landfill. Plastic is a petroleum product that until now has been very inconsistent and un…

Disposing of old batteries

Waste management: compost and recycling

How to sort and dispose of household waste responsibly – food waste, paper, glass, paints, solvents, batteries, etc.… here is where to send stuff so it does the least harm…   Curbside pickup of garbage, compost and recycling: To facilitate recycling and waste management, first determine just what services are availabl…

Choosing a building envelope

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

When it comes to choosing a building envelope there are many variables to consider: what climate zone you're building in, performance, durability, health, comfort, and of course, cost… What is the best wall system for a home?  We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED, Passive H…

Interior solid pine door

Interior finishing

Whether you are renovating or building, the materials you choose for interior finishing will affect not only aesthetics, but also indoor air quality. Here is a look at the pros and cons of the different materials you will have to choose from… Adhesives and sealants: Modern homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives…

News

The nail puller Pneumatic tool for reclaiming old lumbe

Salvaging old lumber with the Nail Kicker

The Nail Kicker quickly and easily removes nails from old lumber, saving costs on material purchase as well as waste disposal… Most people, certainly those reading here on our site, would no doubt prefer to see old lumber re-employed than sent to a landfill, but staying on a construction budget can on occasion trump e…

World's tallest skyscraper planned for Vienna Austria

276 foot wood frame skyscraper planned for Vienna

Wood framed multi storey buildings are becoming more and more common; the one planned for Vienna, Austria next year would be the tallest in the world… The emotional impact of watching a tree fall can cloud the reality of what wood actually represents to us as a building material. It's renewable and it acts as carbon s…

Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest

Bosco Verticale, the world's first vertical forest

Vertical forests and vertical agriculture have long been dreamed of to help meet the need for urban food production and green space, but nothing ever got past the blueprints. Bosco Verticale in Milan is the first to break ground… Canadian cities are relatively clean, green and few are severely overpopulated. Even in o…

Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

2015 Award Winning Project: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

It's that time of year when the Canadian Green Building Awards are granted. Among this years winners: MEC's Head Office… Originally published on the Sab Mag blog, click through to see the rest of this years awardees. Jury comment A very high-performance building that does justice to its client’s corporate philosophy a…

Advice

How do I sell my construction materials?

Posted by Eshwari Chauke April 20, 2020, 3:04 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 2 Responses

Do you buy used building materials if they are in good condition?

Posted by Cheryl Nicholson Sept. 5, 2018, 7:03 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

Where can I get steel cladding like on your prefab house?

Posted by Flower Lunn March 1, 2020, 2:27 p.m. Walls and Roofs 2 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 3 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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