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Green credits would help recycling efforts

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

(This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1, "Salvaged fixtures often conflict with city codes.") Last time we looked at a number of modern building-code requirements that make it either economically impractical or else flat-out illegal for green builders to use recycled building materials, even though the cities enforcing these codes officially encourage such reuse. Some of the issues we covered last time, such as the requirement for safety glazing in doors and windows, stem from modern ideas about safety that didn't exist when many salvaged materials were created. Yet safety concerns are not the main reason current codes make the legitimate reuse of salvaged materials difficult. Ironically, modern energy conservation mandates are an even bigger roadblock to reuse. In the case of windows, plumbing fixtures and lighting fixtures, energy-efficiency standards all but mandate the use of brand-new materials, since few salvaged materials can comply. The majority of...