Elise Zelechowski and the Delta Institute
The ReBuilding Exchange is making a huge impact in the Chicago region. Since 2009, we’ve diverted over 3,000 tons of building material from the landfill, made over $2 million worth of quality building materials available to the public for reuse projects at affordable prices, launched Chicago’s first building deconstruction and reuse warehouse job training program and trained 24 people in an emerging green collar sector.
Attention DIYers, upcyclers, and rehabbers: Rebuilding Exchange has moved to a new, larger warehouse space and they're filling it up with gently used building materials.
Whether you're a DIY who is hoping to pick up some low cost building materials or you're a rehabber who is gutting a home, you need to know about Rebuilding Exchange. The DIYer will find a vast selection gently used building materials. The warehouse is broken up into sections – doors, lumber, windows, lighting and even plumbing are laid out for your perusal.
Of course, Rebuilding Exchange would be nothing but an empty warehouse if not for the donations of rehabbers. From contractors to DIY rehabbers, you can call Rebuilding Exchange and they'll pick up your old materials. You know what they say: one man's trash is another man's treasure. Diverting these materials from a landfill will give a handy DIYer their next project.
Images: Jason Loper