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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

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Find Green Building Materials:

Reused Building Materials & Deconstruction Services

Purpose

  • This interactive map helps homeowners and builders in Region 9 find organizations that sell salvaged building materials for reuse in their own building projects.
  • The EPA encourages reuse of local materials salvaged from ‘deconstructed’ buildings to reduce waste and to decrease the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production and transportation of new building materials.
  • Deconstruction is the process of taking apart buildings so that the materials can be conserved through re-use and recycling.
  • Other benefits of reusing building materials include: conserving virgin forests, reducing transportation costs, and creating local jobs.

Did you know?

  • Deconstruction is a key way to reduce the more than 170 million tons (equal to 3.2 pounds per person per day) of building-related construction and demolition debris that is generated in the U.S. annually; more than 50% of which is landfilled. Read more in the 2003 Building-Related Construction and Demolition Material Amounts (PDF) (60 pp, 723K)
  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle!  Reuse is a top priority because it maintains the material's highest value by extending the life of the resource and also reducing pressure on local landfills.
  • Reuse of building materials potentially increases local sustainable job opportunities that can support a wide range of construction and retail careers.
  • Reused building materials fill an important cultural role by preserving local architectural character and historic significance.
  • To find out more about what deconstruction is, please go to EPA's Resource Conservation site.

Disclaimer: This data is offered here as a general representation only and is not to be re-used without verification by an independent professional qualified to verify such data or information.  EPA does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, omissions, or timeliness of the information shown and shall not be liable for any loss or injury resulting from reliance upon the information or through the use of this mapping program. The mention of a commercial product does not constitute endorsement or recommendation of use by the U.S. Government.

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