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Whenever we can reuse a product instead of producing a new one from raw materials--even if those raw materials are recycled--we save on resource use and energy. Many salvaged materials used in buildings (bricks, millwork, framing lumber, plumbing fixtures, and period hardware) are sold on a local or regional basis by salvage yards. It can be challenging to ensure that salvaged material can meet performance requirements, so it’s common to see this material used decoratively (when doing so, watch out for hazards like lead paint).

Also included in this category are products made from reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood is usually salvaged from buildings slated for demolition, abandoned railroad trestles, and “sinker logs” that sank decades ago during river-based log drives. It can also be obtained from trees that have been recently harvested from urban or suburban areas (such as disease-killed trees). Reclaimed wood is often available in species, coloration, and wood quality that is no longer available in newly harvested timber. In some cases, reclaimed wood suppliers have only limited quantities with matching coloration or weathering patterns; ample lead time and accurate materials estimates can help ensure the availability of the desired wood. Lowering the uniformity standards for finished wood can also increase the potential for use of reclaimed wood. As with other resources, the supply of reclaimed wood is limited. High demand for some kinds of reclaimed wood can lead to unique concerns, such as the premature demolition of historic barns and other buildings, or "sinker log" reclamation practices that are illegal or compromise river bottoms. The Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program is available for reclaimed wood as well as for FSC wood, although few salvage operations are currently certified. In the absence of certification, take a close look at company protocols to ensure that reclaimed wood is appropriately sourced.

Whenever we can reuse a product instead of producing a new one from raw materials--even if those raw materials are recycled--we save on resource use and energy. Many salvaged materials used in buildings (bricks, millwork, framing lumber, plumbing fixtures, and period hardware) are sold on a local or regional basis by salvage yards. It can be challenging to ensure that salvaged material can meet performance requirements, so it’s common to see this material used decoratively (when doing so, watch out for hazards like lead paint).

  • Nydree Hardwood Flooring
  • Nydree Hardwood Flooring
  • Nydree Flooring
  • Nydree Hardwood Flooring
    Nydree Flooring
    Nydree Flooring sells and distributes new FSC-certified ash, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, and walnut wood flooring. Its Core collection uses recycled Aspen tree fibers and all-natural dyes. Nydree MRA1585 Moisture Retarding Adhesive, the recommended adhesive for all Nydree Flooring products, contains no VOCs. Fixed length, double end, grooved planks can be specified in widths of 2-2/3" (67.6 mm) and 4" (101.6 mm) at a thickness of 3/8" (8.26 mm). Nydree Flooring also offers reclaimed oak flooring.
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  • Chilipepper
  • Chilipepper
  • J. L. Powell & Co., Inc.
  • Chilipepper
    J. L. Powell & Co., Inc.
    J. L. Powell & Co. specializes in custom architectural millwork, including stair parts and flooring, produced from reclaimed lumber including heart pine and oak. Plank flooring is kiln dried to an average moisture content of 8% and is manufactured with square cut ends.
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  • Davies Office Refurbishing
  • Davies Office Refurbishing
  • Davies Office Refurbishing, Inc.
  • Davies Office Refurbishing
    Davies Office Refurbishing, Inc.
    Davies Office Refurbishing offers "as is" salvaged and refurbished office furniture from all major office furniture manufacturers. The company also offers rentals, a trade-in and banking program, powder coat finishes, and recycled content fabric options.
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  • Conklin Office Furniture
  • Conklin Office Furniture
  • Conklin Office Furniture
  • Conklin Office Furniture
    Conklin Office Furniture
    Conklin Office Furniture has been offering used office furniture since 1981. Used cubicles, desk sets and office chairs are sold in "as is" condition as well as refurbished condition. Options include 100% recycled fabric and 100% post-consumer recycled worksurfaces.
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  • Kirei Pacific Coastal Reclaimed Paneling
  • Kirei Pacific Coastal Reclaimed Paneling
  • Kirei USA
  • Kirei Pacific Coastal Reclaimed Paneling
    Kirei USA
    Kirei's Pacific Coastal line of paneling consists of redwood from post-industrial manufacturing scrap and blue pine from beetle-killed trees. In addition to slatwalls and tabletop slabs, the wood is available in 1/4" (1-ply) 1x8 panels and 3/4" (3-ply) 4x8 panels. The company recommends the line for applications including walls, flooring, cabinetry, and furniture. All Kirei Pacific Coastal products use NAUF resin and are CARB II certified.
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  • Restoration Juniper Decking
  • Restoration Juniper Decking
  • Sustainable Northwest Wood
  • Restoration Juniper Decking
    Sustainable Northwest Wood
    Restoration Juniper Decking is made from untreated juniper wood harvested in grassland restoration projects in Oregon's high desert. The kiln-dried, 2"x6"x8' decking is naturally more rot-resistant than cedar or redwood, offering an alternative to pressure-treated wood. Human suppression of the region's wildfire cycle has allowed juniper to crowd out other native species, depleting the area's groundwater; ranchers have previously cut and burned juniper trees, but Sustainable Northwest is working to create a new market for the wood.
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  • Reclaimed From History
  • Reclaimed From History
  • Greyne Custom Wood Co.
  • Reclaimed From History
    Greyne Custom Wood Co.
    Greyne offers flooring made of antique chestnut, heart pine, and maple, reclaimed from old buildings and fences and finished with no-VOC finishes. Greyne flooring is manufactured in the USA.
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  • Viridian Reclaimed Wood
  • Viridian Reclaimed Wood
  • Viridian Reclaimed Wood
  • Viridian Reclaimed Wood
    Viridian Reclaimed Wood
    Oregon-based Viridian Reclaimed Wood offers flooring, tabletops, paneling, veneers, and other products made from overseas shipping materials—primarily wooden pallets, crates, and packing materials. This FSC-certified reclaimed wood includes European beech, oak (or “Fishtail oak” which has unique grain pattern), spruce and pine from Russia, and “Jakarta market blend,” which is a mix of Asian hardwoods sorted for consistent hardness. Virdian also offers reclaimed Douglas fir from local warehouses and school bleachers. All of this wood is heat-treated to destroy insects (no chemically treated wood is used) and kiln-dried. The company uses radio-frequency-cured PVA glues and finishes that meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards.
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  • Kirei Windfall Reclaimed Wood Paneling
  • Kirei Windfall Reclaimed Wood Paneling
  • Kirei USA
  • Kirei Windfall Reclaimed Wood Paneling
    Kirei USA
    Kirei Windfall is an engineered wood panel made from reclaimed wood salvaged from deconstructed buildings in the Pacific Northwest. It is suitable for wall covering, signage, and casework. The wood is FSC-certified and the adhesive is low-VOC. Solid panels are 2.25' x 8' and 3-ply panels are 4' x 8'. Both panels are 0.75" thick.
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  • Meyer Wells Custom Furniture
  • Meyer Wells Custom Furniture
  • Meyer Wells
  • Meyer Wells Custom Furniture
    Meyer Wells
    Meyer Wells offers custom furniture from urban trees that would otherwise go to the waste stream. Furniture can be finished with any of the eight standard finishes, four specialty finishes, and 18 custom finishes. The standard finish used by Meyer Wells, a waterborne alkyd varnish, has a VOC content of 23 g/L. Green Tree Mill, a division of Meyer Wells, offers flooring and millwork from salvaged trees or locally-sourced, FSC-certified trees.
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  • Leatherwood Reclaimed and Salvaged Lumber
  • Leatherwood Reclaimed and Salvaged Lumber
  • Leatherwood, Inc.
  • Leatherwood Reclaimed and Salvaged Lumber
    Leatherwood, Inc.
    Leatherwood offers flooring and paneling made from salvaged wood from 19th-century structures. Wood types typically available are oak, ash, chestnut, heart poplar, and heart pine. Leatherwood salvaged hand-hewn beams typically include oak, ash, beech, and pine. Leatherwood also offers recovered timber from the Tennessee River, but riparian recovery of timber can be disruptive of ecosystems, and GreenSpec does not include these products in our listing.
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  • Southend Reclaimed Brick
  • Southend Reclaimed Brick
  • Southend Building Products, Inc.
  • Southend Reclaimed Brick
    Southend Building Products, Inc.
    Southend Building Products, Inc. carries both reclaimed solid and reclaimed core bricks, largely from the Carolinas, in color ranges common to their area of origin. Dating from as early as the mid-1800s, these reclaimed bricks can be used in historic restoration or to provide an antique look in new construction or renovation. They may also be used in interior features such as fireplaces or doorways.
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  • Centennial Woods Reclaimed Snow Fence
  • Centennial Woods Reclaimed Snow Fence
  • Centennial Woods
  • Centennial Woods Reclaimed Snow Fence
    Centennial Woods
    Centennial Woods reclaimed wood comes from Wyoming snow fences and can be used for everything from siding to flooring. This untreated wood contains no lead paint residue and has a weathered gray patina. It may contain nails, but denailing, milling, and finishing are available at extra cost. The boards used for siding, soffits, and other woodwork are 1"x6" in lengths up to 16 feet; plank flooring is ¾" x 5" in random 4- to 12-foot lengths (100 ft2/pack).
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  • Limited Edition Brick
  • Limited Edition Brick
  • Brick It
  • Limited Edition Brick
    Brick It
    Brick It cuts salvaged bricks into 1/2" veneers suitable for interior use, exterior siding, or floor tiles. A wide range of colors is available, but availability is limited by salvage stock.
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  • Bensonwood Homes
  • Bensonwood Homes
  • Bensonwood
  • Bensonwood Homes
    Bensonwood
    Bensonwood builds air-tight, well-insulated homes from the ground up using environmentally responsible materials and state-of-the-art moisture management details. The homes are designed with building information modeling (BIM) software and computer-based milling equipment for a precise fit and to minimize air infiltration. The walls are built with the company’s OBPlus Wall (“OB” for “open-built”) advanced panelized construction system that is framed using 9.5-inch-deep I-studs filled with R-35 dense-pack cellulose insulation, then clad with a rainscreen material and exterior moisture-resistant OSB sheathing. The joints are taped, advanced gasket technology is used for air sealing, detailing is provided to minimize thermal bridging, a drainage plane is installed on the exterior, and integral baseboard raceways are provided on the interior for electrical and data cables to eliminate wall penetrations for wiring. The company also offers a Net-Zero option providing up to R-60 walls and comparable roof systems. Some timber-framing elements are included in most homes.
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