Download a Free Copy of The Design for Reuse Primer

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Design firm Public Architecture recently published a free primer on the inspiring ways to reuse and repurpose materials. The Design for Reuse Primer features 15 case study projects that exemplify the myriad ways that “material reuse represents one of most creative, exciting, and effective approaches to building green.”

“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.
The 15 diverse projects in the Design for Reuse Primer demonstrate new models of “building green.” 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. By discussing the challenges and demonstrating the benefits of reclaimed materials, we hope to demystify and inspire reuse.

According to the primer, the most common reuse material is wood. Other materials used include brick and metal, and more unusual materials like airplane flaps, granite slabs, HVAC units, and marble toilet partitions.