"Building green" is often linked with higher levels of energy efficiency or improved air quality.
Even when considered, the sustainable materials market tends to focus on sustainably harvested materials or materials with recycled content.
Yet, repurposing materials directly from the waste stream is the ultimate form of resource conservation.
Funded by the US Green Building Council, this free publication shares the stories of fifteen innovative projects, from across the United States and Canada, which have successfully incorporated reused materials.
Material reuse is always integral to a sustainable vision of how to tread lightly on the earth, be economically pragmatic, and nurture a community.
From a school for children with learning differences to a center for holistic living, these case studies are intended to provide insights about the material reuse process in a wide variety of context.