To transform our communities by creating a building industry in which used and excess materials become an asset to our communities and waste is no longer acceptable
Our organization was first founded in 1994 by a small group of dedicated individuals who came together in Winnipeg, Manitoba to create the Used Building Materials Association. From the beginning, it has been the dedication of individual volunteers and members who have supported the organization and helped it grow. The names and faces of the volunteers has changed over the years, ranging from students who gave their afternoons to board members who dedicated years of their expertise to secure our incorporation and non-profit status in the US, renaming the organization as the Building Materials Reuse Association in the process.
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In 2019 as we turned 25, with a new ED, many new board members, and a new Advisory Council, we decided at our board retreat to dig deeply into not just how our organization functions, but why? We have done a lot of work on our systems, our communications, and our network, but these are all about "what" we do. We decided at our retreat to take a closer look at "why" we do what we do. Those conversations led us to the realization that our language as an organization, indeed our very name, has not kept pace with our growth as a community. We are thrilled to introduce the product of that work!
Our Core Principles
The members and supporters of Build Reuse believe:
- 1. The present linear economic model relying on consumption of “new” products and materials is unsustainable.
- 2. The Reuse of building materials needs to be recognized as a key component of sustainability goals
A circular economy is a critical component to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in the building industry.
- 3. Reuse recognizes and prioritizes existing community value.
Reinvesting the inherent wealth of existing materials back into the community will create employment and economic opportunities, address urban blight and affordable housing.
- 4. Reuse is most impactful when implemented locally
Shifting to an economy with just and ethical supply chains centered on reuse and repurposing creates local jobs, builds small businesses and empowers more of the disenfranchised members of our communities.