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Lifecycle Building Center

In last week’s entry, Paula Vaughan mentioned Atlanta’s Lifecycle Building Center. For those who would like to learn more about the LBC, this week’s entry will give more information.

From the LBC Case Statement:

“A Lifecycle Building Center is a community-based warehouse facility that directly assists the general public by identifying and implementing best practice green building-related concepts.”

According to “Converting Waste into Wealth in Georgia,” a white paper by Shannon Goodman, executive director of LBC, “Within a 12-month period, Georgia threw away 2,952,123 tons of wood, gypsum wallboard, metal, asphalt shingles, concrete, sand and brick. It is estimated that reusable building materials comprise approximately 5% of total solid waste produced.

In 2009, Georgia produced 14.6 million tons of waste, which translates to 730,000 tons of reusable material thrown away in one year. At an estimated average value of $2500 per ton, Georgia’s waste stream alone has the potential to generate 1.8 billion dollars in revenue annually through the reuse of materials, which are routinely thrown away.”

As Paula showed viewers in the last video, Perkins+Will believes in reusing materials. Other than the beautiful table from last week’s post, Perkins+Will salvaged and donated 62 tons of materials to 19 different organizations.

A group of people involved in this effort formed the LBC movement in 2010.

“I have been very impressed by the high level of commitment and passion shown by this largely volunteer led organization,” said Mark McDonald, a member of the LBC board of directors. “The Board members of the Lifecycle Building Center have the audacity to act like they can change the world, and they just might.”

The LBC can help Atlanta reduce its solid waste, provide residents with access to low-cost building materials – as well as the skills needed for higher paying jobs. It’s also working on improving the energy efficiency of Atlanta’s housing stock and can help the Atlanta community learn more about the benefits of material reuse.

According to its case statement, the concept of an LBC incorporates three repeating lifecycle phases associated with the creation of the built environment. You can view the Case Statement to learn more about services offered within each phase.

Perkins+Will pledges a minimum of 100 hours of design services each year. Material and financial donations are always welcome and are a tremendous help to the LBC. If you liked the table from last week, click over to the LBC website and see the reclaimed material for sale. From vintage barrister bookcases to cork and dry erase boards, you never know what you’ll find – and as you purchased reused items, Atlanta may just be better off.


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