This course looks at how to create opportunities for material reuse on projects during construction of after natural disasters. The course discusses how to specify, re-certify and incorporate reclaimed materials into renovations or new construction (and how to plan for material storage and protection until needed) without negatively affecting the environmental, economic and social fabric of the existing community. The disasters in New Orleans and Greensburg, Kansas, are examined along with the types of materials that can be reused such as brick, masonry, access flooring, structural steel, reclaimed doors, carpet tile, gym flooring, light fixtures, and furniture.

Learning Objectives

  • How materials reuse supports lasting environmental, economic, and social impacts
  • How to create opportunities for material reuse on projects, post natural disaster or during typical construction projects
  • How to specify, re-certify, and incorporate reclaimed materials into renovation or new construction, while considering the fabric of the existing community
  • How to push the boundaries of potential material reuse on projects, and plan for storage and protection until needed