Nantucket Preservation Trust presents Salvage and Building Materials Reuse
Are we throwing away our heritage?
For most of Nantucket’s history, salvage was a way of life. Materials were scarce, buildings were moved and reused, and even shipwrecks were scavenged for reusable materials. Today, Nantucket sends more than 17,000 tons of building material waste to off-island landfills.
Communities across the country are exploring deconstruction as an alternative to mechanical demolition, salvaging what can’t be saved. Deconstruction diverts framing materials, fixtures, windows, doors and cabinets, and other building materials from the landfill and creates a circular economy.
Nantucket Preservation Trust is to present a speaker series highlighting practitioners and planners across the country whose work looks to past traditions and innovative solutions to create a more sustainable future. This speaker series will build on a two-part feasibility study about salvage and reuse on Nantucket, completed in 2022 by consultants EBP.
Come and explore the enduring charm of Nantucket’s 19th-century dwellings, crafted from repurposed structures. Our rich history of salvage and reuse showcases our commitment to sustainable practices.
Picture a community where valuable building materials are transformed into affordable homes, all while benefiting the environment.
Don’t miss our architectural salvage workshop on September 27th. Let’s join forces and shape a more sustainable future together.