Your home, office or rental / vacation home could use a new door, lighting fixture, claw footed tub, brass door plates, rugs, flooring, architectural columns, furniture, window sashes, appliances, etc. DID YOU KNOW that metro Atlanta is so fortunate to have an interiors thrift store of vintage and pre-owned materials, a place to donate your usable unwanted items, and free speaking services to groups?
The heart of the LBC is its Retail Store from which they sell or direct new and used building materials to the public. The 70,000 square foot store is open to the general public five days a week. LBC’s pricing structure is between 50-85% below new material costs.
Lifecycle Building Center (LBC) is a community-based historic warehouse facility that directly assists the general public by identifying and implementing best practice green building-related concepts. The idea is to reduce solid waste disposal, promote resource efficiency, stimulate economic development, and empower every citizen to improve their own built environment.
Since beginning operations in 2011, LBC has diverted over 2.2 million pounds of building materials from landfills and saved the community over $1.4 million through deep discounts on material purchases, avoided disposal costs and the donation of free building materials to over 100 nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits, schools, community groups, and houses of faith can access free materials through LBC’s Nonprofit Material MATCH Program.
DECONSTRUCTION SERVICES: Deconstruction is the selective dismantlement of building components, specifically for re-use, repurposing, recycling and waste management of materials that can be reused, and is a cost-competitive alternative to conventional building demolition that results in environmental and social benefits.
Andrew Chew, LBC’s Deconstruction Manager, says, “The experience of coming down to the LBC warehouse and getting to know what materials we salvage and sell helps educate our customers and material donors about what to salvage in the deconstruction process. There is something for everyone in the LBC store. The fun is in finding that one item that gets you really into it”.
FREE SPEAKING SERVICES TO RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, GARDEN, ENVIRONMENTAL, ETC. GROUPS: Deconstruction, DIY workshops and home performance workshops allow attendees to learn about energy efficiency upgrades and low cost home improvements. The best part is that these speaking services and events are completely free to the public.
For information on deconstruction services or if your group is interested in having a speaker, contact: Shannon Goodman – Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org 678.592.0417. Goodman is one of the former Perkins + Will architects who founded LBC along with Adam Deck, Director of Operations.
The Lifecycle Building Center warehouse and store is located at 1116 Murphy Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm
Mission: The mission of LBC is to make the lifecycle use of the built environment increasingly efficient and sustainable. This mission will be enacted in three ways:
- Through the operation of a retail building material reuse center as a workable and self-sufficient alternative to material disposal
- By using proceeds from material sales to fund grassroots community outreach programs that enhance resource efficiency in the built environment
- By empowering the community with the educational and experiential resources needed to effectively raise market demand for green building goods and services