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Each year in Nantucket, more than 8,800 tonnes of construction and demolition waste is transported off the island, ending up in a landfill in southern Ohio. This includes materials from homes that have been fully or partially demolished, much of which has the potential to be salvaged and reused.

Nantucket Preservation Trust (NPT) and ReMain Nantucket have contracted with leading planning and economics consultants EBP, of Boston, to conduct a building material salvage study. This study will include a market, impact and feasibility analysis, including examining the economic value of material reuse, impacts and attitudes on Nantucket towards deconstruction instead of demolition of buildings, emissions of carbon avoided estimated on the basis of the embodied energy of the reusable materials, and the physical possibilities of creating a recovery facility.

Nantucket has a long history of reusing materials – many 19th century buildings were constructed with reclaimed wood from the 18th or 17th century. According to Mary Bergman, Executive Director of the NPT, “The NPT will always advocate for the preservation of a historic resource. Architectural salvage is not an alternative to preservation, but it is an alternative to the generation of waste that will end up in a landfill. Once the decision has been made by a landlord and the Historic District Commission to authorize the removal of a building, architectural salvage and reuse is an option that should be encouraged.

Study funding is generously provided by ReMain Nantucket. This project builds on the 2021 NPT Preservation Symposium, sponsored by the Community Foundation for Nantucket’s ReMain Nantucket Fund, which highlighted work at the intersection of historic preservation and sustainability. “Remain Nantucket is delighted to be a part of this important study,” said Executive Director Cecil Barron Jensen. “This will offer us insight into how best to use our building and construction resources while having a positive impact on the long term sustainability of the island. “

Nantucket Preservation Trust is a non-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of Nantucket’s unique architectural heritage and its sense of belonging through documentation, education and preservation actions.

ReMain Nantucket and ReMain Ventures are funded by Wendy Schmidt and her husband Eric to support the economic, social and environmental vitality of Nantucket Island. In addition to providing grants and sponsorships to support sustainable and cultural initiatives across the island, ReMain Nantucket has worked in conjunction with ReMain Ventures to revitalize downtown year-round through the preservation of historic buildings that house a mix of non-profit and commercial organizations. companies.

EBP, formerly EDR Group, is a Boston-based company that provides cutting-edge economic analysis and planning to support research in the areas of sustainable transportation, regional development, energy and infrastructure.

For more information, please contact the Nantucket Preservation Trust at (508) 228-1387 or [email protected]