All For Reuse is an initiative to develop a network of building professionals committed to the reuse of commercial building materials. Building material reuse is an overlooked solution to carbon reduction and local economic development.
Over 2.5 billion square feet of commercial floor space are renovated each year.* Commercial interior renovation projects in the US send 32 million tons of waste to the landfill every year – much of it in like-new condition. We then replace those materials with similar ones, which had to be extracted, manufactured and delivered to the building. The CO2 emissions are piling up. Building construction accounts for at least 11% of total CO2 emissions, and likely much more. Widespread reuse of commercial materials in the US could yield 20 megatonnes of CO2e reductions by 2050!
Become part of the solution
How might we put those like-new building materials to good use? By deconstructing, warehousing, and redistributing them to new projects that specify them. We are pushing for monumental change in how commercial buildings are designed and constructed. This requires patience, collaboration, and most importantly, you! Regardless of where you are or what you do, we need everyone to be ALL for reuse.