Building Material Salvage Centers
Currently there are two building material salvage centers in the region.
- Better Futures Minnesota is a non-profit group that employs chronically unemployed men, providing job training, mentorship, and steady employment. The homeowner receives tax credit equal to the appraised value of donated materials. For the typical 2,200 square foot home with no unusual abatement or site issues, it costs approximately $4,250 for Better Futures to deconstruct the home than it would to have it demolished, and the property owner will receive approximately a $4,500 tax credit.
- Habitat for Humanity also operates a ReStore in New Brighton. The ReStore accepts tax-deductible donations of a wide variety of salvaged building materials. In addition to their metro location, Habitat for Humanity operates 12 other ReStore locations in Minnesota. Building material salvage centers sell recovered building materials — either removed from buildings being demolished, or discarded as scrap from new construction.
These retailers sell a variety of products including dimensional lumber, sheathing, masonry, and more.
In addition to physical salvage centers, many used building materials are sold online, on websites such as Craigslist, the Minnesota Materials Exchange, and K-Bid.
Architectural Salvage Retailers
- Accent Store Fixtures
- Architectural Antiques
- Art & Architecture
- Bauer Brothers Salvage
- Better Homes & Garbage
- City Salvage
- Gilded Salvage Antiques
- Historic Stone Co
- The Showcase Place
Waste Diversion Services
* Minneapolis City Councilperson Linea Palmisano led an effort to examine the state of green building — to lead to greater incentives in the construction and demolition of residential development for one to four unit buildings. This information came from that report
The report is summarized on MPLSGreen:
- Part 1 — Green housing standards in Minneapolis
- Part 2 — Greener demolitions in Minneapolis
- The report can be found in entirety here.