Edgar Miller Inspired Window!
Look what one of our students made in our vintage window art workshop - inspired by Edgar Miller! We love it, Jennifer. Thank you for sharing. Jennifer's Process - After she took the window home, she scraped of the excess glue with a razor blade then covered the back of the glass with a very thin layer of Liquitex acrylic “interference gold” that was picked up at a local art...Read More
Metal Frame Dining Table
Check out this amazing table made by RX Customer Terry McMahon!Read More
Our barn stanchions + oak lumber milled from...Tags: inspiredproject
Our barn stanchions + oak lumber milled from pilings pulled from the Chicago River = one A W E S O M E table made by our customers, Mike and Cathy! They came up from Texas and left with all the makings for one of the nicest customer projects we’ve seen! Great job guys! We still have a few barn stanchions and pieces of oak left for sale! ...Read More
Rebuilding Our Workforce
Hector got the job!
We're excited to report that our most recent graduate of our apprenticeship program, Hector Zuñiga, found his dream job! Hector recently accepted a full-time offer with one of our partners, Blue Earth Deconstruction. In the last six months, Hector has worked hard to obtain various certification, gain more knowledge in customer service, warehousing and deconstruction. Hector has shared his story of growth and love for his family throughout these 6...Read More
Nigeria Keeps Moving Up!Tags: MoreThanAJob
UPDATE: Nigeria is now fulfilling her dream of working for the CTA. Congrats Nigeria!! Nigeria started off as a job trainee from Cara and was hired as a Retail Associate. Once Nigeria puts her mind to something it’s considered done and she was recently promoted to Donations Coordinator. Thanks to Auxiliary board member, Peter Gray, for the video. [embed]https://youtu.be/ZtWh-FXov6Y[/embed]Read More
Congratulations to our amazing trainees Greg, Nigeria, James,...Tags: congratulations, jobtraining
Congratulations to our amazing trainees Greg, Nigeria, James, and Keith from Cara for 100% graduation this cohort! You guys persevered against impossible odds to do a great job at work and emerged with experience, references, forklift training from Jane Addams Resource Corporation, and green economy skills. Congrats to Nigeria as our new Retail Associate and Greg for his new position with our amazing neighbor and customer Rose’s resale shop A World...Read More
The Rebuilding Exchange is a non-profit social enterprise and our mission is to create a market for reclaimed building materials. We do this by diverting materials from landfills and making them accessible for reuse through our retail warehouse, by promoting sustainable deconstruction practices, by providing education and job training programs, and by creating innovative models for sustainable reuse.
DIVERTING WASTE AND CREATING ASSETS
Since our inception in 2009, Rebuilding Exchange has diverted over 22 million pounds of building materials from the landfill, and simultaneously created over $4 million worth of quality reuse materials available to the public.
Contact Us1740 W Webster Ave. Chicago IL 60614 773 252 2234
DECONSTRUCTION AND REUSE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s) Have questions about deconstruction and building materials reuse? Like how to get your contractor on board? What materials are reusable? Or how to use reclaimed materials for your next project? This guide can provide some helpful tips to get you started!
On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool EPA Region 5 report and bid specification development tool for use by cities, counties or land banks undertaking large-scale residential demolitions.
Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) The BMRA is a 501c3 non-profit educational and research organization whose mission is to facilitate building deconstruction and the reuse and recycling of recovered building materials. The BMRA provides educational resources, a national industry directory and annual conferences bringing together diverse practitioners from around the world.
Delta Institute Go-Guide to Deconstruction and Reuse Delta Institute just released a second edition of the Green Opportunity (GO) Guide to Deconstruction and Reuse. This helpful guide provides an overview of the deconstruction and reuse market, existing policy strategies, and provides resources for contractors, policymakers, workforce development agencies, and retailers.
EPA Deconstruction Resources This primer on deconstruction offers tips for salvage activities, ideas for reclaimed wood, and advice on when to reuse over when to recycle.
City of Chicago’s guide to C+D debris recycling Issued by the city government, this guide covers best practices, recycling rules and regulations, and general information on C+D debris.
City of Chicago Salvage Guide A handbook on salvaging in the city.
RECYCLING IN CHICAGO
Chicago Recycling Guide A to Z will help you find out if your materials are recyclable, lists local drop off points or alternative suggestions.