Waste from building construction accounts for 25% of all landfill in the United States. 50% of that waste is in the form of demolition debris. And while the use of building materials derived from recycled or responsibly harvested sources is a positive trend, the greenhouse gases generated by the manufacture and shipping of these materials often outweigh the benefits.
Reviving an old structure, and the material of which it is made, isn‘t a green impulse. It’s a creative one. There’s something mystical about aged materials that, when juxtaposed against more modern elements, always surprises and delights. But it also happens to be about the greenest thing one can do. It avoids the landfill, spares the energy of production, and recycles an existing footprint. And when combined with the latest in green technology, makes for a home that is as timely as it is timeless.