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Hot Topic If Walls Could Talk Construction recycling inspires designers to think twice before trashing materials $5,000 or more on removal and disposal, and the company has helped divert more than 22 million pounds of waste from landfills since 2005. "Our belief is that consumers who are remodeling their spaces love to know that they can help the environment - globally and locally - by not adding to landfill waste and potentially helping a family," said Wilson. She advises to first simply ask clients if they want to act sustainably. In her experience, the answer has always been positive as long as there is no extra cost involved. In many instances, designers also gain by receiving referral fees from recycling companies or by saving those materials for other projects. "I really think clients love to know they are doing [something] good with their waste," said Ruber, adding that they also gain financially by selling things like old doors or cabinets online."At our firm, we don't give an alternative but simply state that recycling is our commitment, and we will dispose of things in the best manner possible. Our clients have always thanked us for that." COORDINATING WITH A RECYCLING TEAM ABOVE In Oregon, construc- tion and demolition debris constitutes 26 percent of all landfill waste. Neighboring Washington is as high as 35 percent. Photo courtesy of The Rebuilding Center. IT'S NO SECRET THAT HUMANS IMPACT the planet. How designers can help - along with using eco-friendly materials - starts with the deconstruction itself. "Construction waste is often salvageable, from door knobs and cabinetry handles to larger items such as countertops, tubs, doors and windows," said designer Robin Wilson of New York-based Robin Wilson Home."Recycling or maintaining sustainability in your design business gives you a story to tell visitors and clients. Plus, you are helping the global crisis of managing waste." According to the U.S.EPA,170 million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris were generated in the U.S. during the last yearly report taken in 2003, with 39 percent coming from residential sources. On top of that, an estimated one billion square feet of buildings are demolished and replaced with new construction each year. "I think with some simple steps we can change the statistics around," said designer Michelle Ruber of Portland, Ore.-based Encircle Design and Build. "Recycling tells a story, and each piece has a history - and people love to tell it." CONVINCING CLIENTS BY ERINN WALDO While recycling might take a little more effort, it benefits everyone involved. Clients can receive significant tax credits for donating kitchen or bath materials, and they also save on disposal costs.These costs are based on the amount they throw away, so the more clients toss instead of recycle, the more they pay. According to recycling center Renovation Angel, designers can save their clients 10 For a designer, recycling materials from a project requires good timing - at least two weeks before deconstruction - and often cooperation with a recycling company.These companies offer services that range from simple donation take-ins, like Habitat for Humanity ReStore, to both removing and selling a kitchen or bathroom. "The most important thing a designer can do is bring us into the project as early as possible," said Jodi Murphy, president of La Grange Park, Ill.based Murco Recycling. "That way, we are able to maximize projects and handle a lot of the tasks a designer would otherwise be responsible for." In this case, the designer would just need to educate the client about potential disposal options: donation, disposal or sale. The recycling company can then redistribute materials as needed, often cataloging them and selling online. The sooner a company is brought in, the quicker it can research the inventory and put it up for sale online - sometimes even being able to remove the materials and immediately place them directly in a buyer's home. "Not everyone can afford a Wolf range, a SubZero refrigerator or a clad-wood casement window, but when we get them in, priced at 40-60 percent off of retail,suddenly these materials become accessible to many more people,"said Stephen Reichard, executive director of the Portland,Ore.-based  recycling company,The ReBuilding Center. Kitchen & Bath Business / MAY-JUNE 2016 / KBBONLINE.COM / The official publication of KBIS (KBIS.com) http://www.KBBONLINE.COM http://www.KBIS.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016

Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016
Contents
Editor's Note
Happenings
Hot Topic
Trents
Dealer Dish
Better Business
All Abroad
Tech Savvy
What’s Hot
What’s Cool
Adding a powder room prompts master bath renovation
Two kitchens and a master bath accommodate family life
Learning Corner
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Intro
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Cover2
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 1
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Contents
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 3
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 4
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 5
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Editor's Note
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 7
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Happenings
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 9
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Hot Topic
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Trents
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Dealer Dish
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Better Business
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - All Abroad
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - What’s Hot
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Adding a powder room prompts master bath renovation
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Two kitchens and a master bath accommodate family life
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