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Making Reuse of Building Materials Happen with Joe Connell | Getting in the Loop Podcast

From Construction Waste to Second Life: Making Reuse of Building Materials Happen with Joe Connell

Episode 009: Podcast Show Notes

Today we’re talking about building materials reuse with Joe Connell, Executive Director of the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA). Tune in to hear about opportunities, challenges and trends regarding building deconstruction and materials reuse, and learn about the BMRA’s upcoming conference.


Podcast Highlights and Circular Economy Takeaways

  • 2:45 What is the BMRA?
  • 5:30 Overview of building materials reuse in the USA – materials and sectors
  • 9:30 Benefits of deconstruction and reuse
  • 13:30 Is deconstruction really new?
  • 15:15 How to deconstruct a building & hybrid deconstruction
  • 18:15 Buildings as material banks in Europe and the US
  • 21:00 Upcoming activities at the BMRA
  • 24:00 Material marketplaces, business opportunities and challenges



Earth Day Giveaway of the Book, 'A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains’

Last week's guest Catherine Weetman (Episode 008) and I have teamed up for a fun giveaway: review the Getting in the Loop podcast on iTunes for the chance to win a copy of Catherine’s book,  Circular Economy: A Handbook for Business and Supply Chains. One lucky review will be drawn at random and I’ll announce the winner in an upcoming episode.

Don’t have an iTunes account? No problem – here’s a quick step-by-step guide. Existing iPhone/iPad/iPod users can use this step-by-step guide.

To be considered for the giveaway, the review must be visible on the Getting In the Loop iTunes page by May 1, 2019 at 23:59 CEST. Listeners who have already left reviews will automatically be considered. For your own privacy, please DO NOT leave contact details in your review. Winners will be invited to email the host after announced in an upcoming episode.

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About Today's Guest

Joe Connell

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 Joe Connell is the Executive Director of the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA). Joe has 20 years of experience in the reuse industry, with accomplishments that include helping to launch several local reuse groups in Portland, Oregon, and serving on the City of Portland’s Deconstruction Advisory Group to pass the nation’s first deconstruction ordinance.



About the Show

Getting In the Loop is a weekly podcast dedicated to exploring how to transform to a more circular society. Join host Katie Whalen as she examines the challenges facing our current resource use and discovers alternatives to the ‘take, make, dispose’ way of doing things. Each week she interviews circular economy experts about what they’re doing and learning. Together we'll uncover what circular economy means in practice and find out what's being done to keep our resources in a loop rather than sent to waste. Let's get in the loop!


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