The Living Building Challenge Materials Petal can be, well, challenging. Tracking all those materials, vetting material and component inputs for Red List chemicals, tracking the locations of product manufacture or assembly, it is a lot. However, there is one part of the Materials petal that does not get as much attention, even though it can have profound environmental effects.
Re-used materials in an LBC project can bypass most of the documentation requirements defined in the Materials imperatives. And can reduce environmental damage from extraction or production as well as greatly reducing the embodied carbon of a project. This can include whole buildings, re-used on site, or individual products repurposed from another project.
This roundtable discussion will start with a short introduction by Matthew St. Onge, Executive Director of Boston Building Resources on how that organization helps save and set up the re-use of building materials and casework for sale to homeowners and others in the Boston area. Matthew’s intro will kick off a discussion of how to save and re-use materials and how re-used materials fit into the design and construction process.
Matthew St. Onge is the Executive Director of Boston Building Resources, a community based center for learning and teaching about buildings and renovation, as well as a center for building materials re-use.
DiAnn Tufts and Jim Newman are co-facilitators of the New England Living Future Collaborative. Both are Living Future Ambassadors.
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