By Ted Reiff

It’s time to announce the National Winners of the 2012 Reuse Contest. (Last month I announced the California winners. Be sure to check out the wonderful photos and write-ups on all winners on our website.)

This was our first year taking the contest national, and we had over 100 entries from around the country. As expected, each of them demonstrated not only incredible creativity but also style, skill and functionality. 

By Ted Reiff

The 2012 Reuse Contest has drawn to a close. Local winners have been chosen and selection of the national winners has begun.

TRP customers in Oakland and Los Angeles have again demonstrated what can be accomplished with some imagination, a bit of planning, a good deal of sweat and a bunch of used materials.

Frankly, if these entries and winners don’t encourage folks embarking on new building projects, major remodels or simple makeovers to incorporate salvaged materials, I don’t know what will.

By Ted Reiff

The ReUse People SpecialsIn addition to having a booth at this year’s USGBC GreenBuild in San Francisco, TRP will co-host the Construction and Demolition Waste Reuse and Recycling Training, a USGBC recognized accreditation course provided by WasteCap Resource Solutions.

By Ted Reiff and Jeff Cockerell

Well, actually, not all of L.A. is moving -- just us!

2011 Reuse Contest WinnerAt The ReUse People, our mission is to keep used building materials out of landfills. However, we realize that salvaging materials is only half of the job. The other half is making sure that something useful happens to those materials.

When hiring a contractor, most building owners (particularly homeowners) gravitate to the lowest bid in order to save money. Unfortunately, by seeking the lowest price they frequently wind up with contractors who cut corners. As a licensed contractor for over 18 years, I can tell you that the first corner to be cut by many contractors is safety.

Fourth of July at The ReUse PeopleThe fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. It not only marks the beginning of a great human experiment in liberty and individual freedom, it celebrates an evolution of political thought spanning some 2,500 years—Aristotle, Cicero, Cato, the Magna Carta, John Locke, Edmond Burke and many others—which has delivered to Americans the most envied way of life in the world.

Reuse in Durham NCIn this very interesting political season, you've probably seen or heard the term, "creative destruction." It's been used repeatedly in reference to the process by which Bain Capital and other private equity firms dismantle struggling companies to allow for their reorganization and rebirth -- or, in some cases, demise. Ah, the Phoenix Rising!

Reuse in Durham NCThe building materials reuse community is comprised of many individuals and groups – preservationists, contractors, policy wonks, developers, associations, reuse retailers, government agencies, and profit and nonprofit organizations. Most of the time these various entities fail to collaborate and cooperate. All too often they openly oppose one another.

The TSTC Deconstruct TeamA couple of weeks ago I was back in Harlingen, Texas, working with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) to train workers in deconstruction. As you may recall, my October 2011 post described this particular training program and the subsequent deconstruction and building-materials reuse at TSTC.

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