The “green movement” appears to be increasingly focused on the construction of recycled buildings these days. According to Steve Scauzillo, more than 74% of commercial buildings in the U.S. were built between 1950 and 2010, and within the next 20 years, more than 30% of the buildings will be razed and rebuilt. Scauzillo also claims that the cost of these new buildings will be high, and that there is a better way. The solution: to reduce, reuse and recycle when it comes to buildings, not just materials.
There are unique buildings across the world, some made entirely of recycled materials. The drive-thru Starbucks in Tukwila, Washington, made its building out of four recycled shipping containers. It’s pretty neat, and it was designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® certification.