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Learn about deconstructing and salvaging materials for reuse and why it’s important



  March 26, 2014

  Contact: Green Building Program Manager Anthony Floyd, 480-312-4202

Learn about deconstructing and salvaging materials for reuse and why it’s important

Building debris accounts for one-third of the solid waste in the United States. Just one year’s worth of debris is enough to build a wall about 30 feet high and 30 feet thick around the entire coast of the continental United States. Deconstructing and salvaging materials for reuse keep these items out of the landfill, thus lessening the negative impact on the environment. And because one of Arizona’s top industries is construction, we’re a perfect environment for deconstruction and construction waste recycling and reuse.

Three industry experts will share their knowledge about this subject at a free Green Building Lecture. It will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. RSVPs are not needed.

Deconstruction represents the first important element of green remodeling by reversing the building process by disassembling and salvaging material for reuse and recycling. The nonprofit Stardust Building Supplies’ Eric Werner will describe how Stardust can facilitate a remodeling or renovation project. It offers deconstruction services in exchange for salvaged materials donations. Stardust's retail stores then offer the gently-used building materials and appliances for sale at 50 to 80 percent below retail cost.

Sonoran Waste Disposal’s David Hertzberg will share how a recycling plan is developed, implemented and maintained throughout the life cycle of a construction project. Waste recycling requires organization from the start of any project, involves many players and crosses several industries.

City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department’s Jesse Garcia will share how that community incorporates and implements the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design waste management practices for housing and commercial redevelopment projects. Phoenix is doing its part to divert demolition waste material from landfills while improving Phoenix neighborhoods.