Reclaimed wood is uniquely varied in its sources, species and surface qualities; and suppliers that work with the material range from large modern millworks to one person producers.  Despite and because of this, reclaimed woods do not carry an industry grading standard. This session will provide an overview of the most commonly found woods that are salvaged from 19th and 20th c. structures. In this review, architects will be able to share with clients and project teams an understanding of the material, from its origins in an old growth forest through it’s transformations to the present; learning how to reliably assess the value, performance, and aesthetics of the woods for a range of building and design applications.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the most common reclaimed wood types that are salvaged and remanufactured from deconstructed structures, and made available for architectural applications.
  2. Calculate the average square foot costs of a reclaimed wood product for specific building applications, given an area to be covered, and the expected waste factors. 
  3.  Assess the grades of reclaimed woods, and their appropriateness for the performance, sustainability and aesthetic goals of a project; and that are unique to a natural, salvaged and re-manufactured wood that does not otherwise carry an industry grading standard. 
  4. Relate knowledge to clients on the growth, harvesting, recovery and re-manufacturing process of reclaimed wood products, and it’s influences for a project.


158 Clifton Place, Brooklyn NY 11238

(1 block from G train – Classon Avenue stop – between Franklin Ave & Classon Ave.)

The course, held in the top floor loft space of an 1887 wooden row house, renovated to Passive House standard and completed in 2017, offers a first hand look at a wood-framed Passive House retro-fit and extensive use of reclaimed woods. The project team included Castrucci Architect, Right Environments, Blueline Construction and Sawkill Lumber.


Course # 401076061002

Provider No.: 404108366

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