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Building Materials Reuse Market - the who what where and why

GBCI: 0920016012

Keep materials out of the landfill, spec salvaged materials and get LEED points. Here some clues.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LEED Green Associate
  • LEED AP Homes
  • LU/HSW

Rating system: v4, v2009

Published on: April 02, 2018

Average: 3.9 (23 votes)


If Building Material Reuse is as old as buildings themselves, why isn't it the standard now? Is waste just a by-product of bad design? Why is a 2x4 from virgin lumber cheaper than a reclaimed one? Explore these and other questions about the reuse of building materials with Joe Connell, Executive Director of the nations only membership organization dedicated to the support of this growing industry. Our goal will be to better understand what is available, how to work with the challenges of used materials, and how to educate your clients and customers about the benefits of reuse. This course is tailored to folks in the building industry from design through construction. Helping all to better understand the challenges and opportunities.

Bonus - Discuss what LEED MR and IP categories this would benefit.


  1. Understand the various components of the industry and how it benefits LEED BD+C Homes V4 MR Environmentally Preferred Products
  2. Articulate the limitations inherent in our present systems and how they can make LEED BD+C Homes V4 IN Additional Strategies for diversion difficult
  3. Evaluate ways to overcome deconstruction challenges and how to avoid dirty MRFs using LEED BD+C V4 Homes Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
  4. Better communicate the message of reuse, where to go for help, and what we can all do to move our industry forward and achieve LEED BD+C Homes V4 MR Environmentally Preferred Products credits and decon credits
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GreenHome Institute
Grand Rapids, MI
United States


Joe Connell
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