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As California’s Green Building Guidelines Get Stricter, Simple Solutions & Professional Oversight Becomes Critical

Laguna Beach, CA: The renegades of reuse at Deconstruction & ReUse Network (DRN) are heading back to West Coast Green ’09 to help Californians “Think Outside the Roll-off.” Founder Lorenz Schilling and Bay Area Manager, Gerald Long, will be in Booth #313 providing information and resources about deconstruction and reuse solutions for homeowners, building professionals and policy makers. West Coast Green (San Francisco, October 1 – 3, 2009) is the largest conference on green innovation for the built environment featuring hundreds of exhibitors and panels, including Deep Retrofits of Commercial Buildings on Friday, Oct 2 featuring DRN Board Member, Matt Macko (

A typical 2,500 square-foot home yields 10 tons of reusable lumber that can be used to build homes for families in need, rather than end up in landfills or as mulch. DRN works with deconstruction contractors, architects and municipalities to develop simple solutions for property owners to deconstruct as an alternative to traditional demolition. The organization works with other complimentary non-profits that help complete its circle of reuse, and help families build or improve their homes. It also provides all necessary documentation for property owner tax-deductions stemming from the donation of a building’s reusable parts. For more information about how deconstruction works please visit

Matt Macko of Environmental Building Strategies is a LEED Accredited Professional, RESNET Energy Rater, Certified Green Building Professional and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, as well as, Chair of the Bay Area LEED Users Group (BAyLUG,) and active member of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC. Matt co-wrote the new LEED 2009 exam and regularly presents on the changes to LEED throughout Northern California.

About Deconstruction & ReUse Network:
Deconstruction & ReUse Network is an environmental public benefit corporation 501(c)(3), whose mission is to promote and empower deconstruction practices and to grow a greater reuse network for quality building materials through partnerships with complimentary operations and organizations. Deconstruction & ReUse Network currently serves Northern and Southern California with partnerships that benefit Habitat for Humanity and Corazon.

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Media Contacts:
Lorenz Schilling, DRN Founder/President
C: 562-307-6065 (on site)


Angela Moore, Starfish P.R.
C: 310-429-8868