• Customer purchasing lumber at a TRP warehouse.
  • Greenhouse project build with lumber from a TRP deconstruction project.
  • Banding lumber from a residential deconstruction project.
  • Deconstruction worker on a rooftop in San Francisco.

Since 1993:

•TRP has deconstructed over 2,000 houses and other buildings to salvage reusable materials.

•TRP has diverted over 350,000 tons of reusable materials from landfills.

•TRP has trained over 500 unemployed, underemployed and disadvantaged workers.

•TRP has trained over 71 contractors, who in turn create needed construction jobs.

Since 1993, architects, contractors and building owners have relied on TRP to keep reusable and recyclable building materials out of overburdened landfills. By de-constructing (instead of demolishing) a building, TRP is able to salvage up to 80 percent of the materials and channel them back into the marketplace through donations and sales at its network of retail outlets.

TRP offers the following green services and products:

Building materials donation and deconstruction • Building materials salvage • Building materials distribution • Great deals on reclaimed building materials and lumber • Project management • Training • Consulting services • Reuse and recycling plans

The Latest TRP News:

TRP decided to close its reclaimed building material warehouse in Lafayette, Colorado, last fall because of a diminishing stream of materials coming in from  deconstruction projects. Just another ripple in the constriction of the building industry, where deconstruction normally precedes new construction and new home “starts” are becoming “stops.” But we still needed a place to take materials from the jobs that did occur, and we wanted to have a good conduit for future materials.  

By Arthur Renaud

For all of its reputation as a polluted, overcrowded city (well, OK, it"s true), in terms of new building practices, Los Angeles is often recognized as a progressive model for conservation and environmentalism.

The City Council has been proactive in requiring that all major commercial and residential developments do their part to reduce the overall environmental footprint. In other words, Los Angeles is adopting one of the toughest green building ordinances in the nation. Hard as it is to believe, this puts L.A. on the cutting edge of an international movement to address the global warming effects of buildings.

By Cheryl Sharp

One of my first tasks after joining TRP in July, 2005, was to go to jobsites and offices and introduce myself to San Diego area contractors and architects. I've had a lot of experience working with the public, but I have to tell you, this was the first time I actually felt like an alien in my own country. Yes, you read right, it seemed as though I was speaking a foreign language as I attempted to educate people regarding deconstruction and TRP's mission of salvaging and redistributing building materials. Eventually I realized that convincing them would require experience in the field. With experience, I could show people photos of jobs we had successfully finished.


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