The 3-rs-in-construction


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Bronze Construction Services Inc. blog article on Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle on the construction site.

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The 3-rs-in-construction

  1. 1. The 3 Rs in Construction Reduce, reuse, recycle!
  2. 2. The 3 Rs To lower construction waste and save money, we can:  Reduce the amount of materials needed  Reuse materials from a building project for use at other locations, and  Recycle whenever possible.
  3. 3. Benefits of the 3 Rs Reducing, reusing, and recycling construction materials provide the following benefits:  Donating or saving materials for reuse is a free alternative to paying disposal fees  Recycling fees are generally lower than disposal fees  Tax deductions from donating materials to non- profits  Helping local governments meet their goal of reducing disposal by 50%  Creating business: New business and product opportunities associated with recycled materials add to the growth of our local economy. Source:
  4. 4. Reduce  Accuracy in estimations reduces excess construction material and leads to lowered costs and waste.  Making a slight change to the pitch of a roof can get your roof plane on a two-foot module which will minimize sheeting and framing waste.  Lumber and sheet materials are typically milled in two-foot increments. Designing your building using this same module will maximize the use of materials and minimize waste. source:
  5. 5. Reduce (continued)  Deeper eaves or overhangs protect siding and windows from the elements, meaning they will need repair and replacement less often. Deeper eaves may also keep your building cooler in summer by blocking the sun's rays.  The less material you have in a structure, the less opportunity for waste. Consider open- frame ceilings, shelves without cabinet doors, finished floor as subfloor/decking. source:
  6. 6. Reduce (continued)  Use Advanced Framing, also known as Optimum Value Engineering (OVE)  Use only what is needed. Don’t use 5 nails when 2 will do the job just fine.  Measure twice, cut once  Drywall clips: Often times a stud or wood nailer is added to the corner of a wall or ceiling assembly to attach drywall. Consider eliminating this lumber and use drywall clips instead. source:
  7. 7. Reuse  Sort materials during and after construction to look for items that may be reusable.  Excess building materials can be donated to The ReBuilding Center, a non-profit organization, for a tax-deductible receipt. They also offer a free pick-up service for used building materials. Materials can be purchased as well.  BoneyardNW is an online marketplace for purchasing and selling used commercial construction material.
  8. 8. Recycle  PDX Relocate has a list of drywall recyclers: products-drywall.htm  The Metro website has a search feature to find a local recycler that will accept materials for recycling. There are over 400 local recycling and reuse sites in their directory. .web/id=1383
  9. 9. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Waste reduction is not only good for the environment, but it is good for business too. There are multiple ways to reduce construction waste by using the 3 Rs. What are some ideas to reduce, reuse, or recycle construction materials from the job site?
  10. 10. Resources  Metro Recycler Directory /id=1383  BoneyardNW (buy & sell used construction material online):  PDX Relocate (drywall recycling): drywall.htm  Strategies to reduce waste:  Advanced Framing Techniques -framing-techniques/
  11. 11. Resources (continued)  The ReBuilding Center 3625 N. Mississippi Ave. Portland, OR 97227 503-331-1877, To see if items qualify for pickup: 503-445-1520. Alternative option: email photos of items, along with your name and a contact phone number, to They don’t accept materials containing hazardous substances (asbestos-containing materials, PCB’S, toxic or flammable products, batteries, contaminated plumbing).