Elma Durmisevic gives keynote at Build Reuse

The American based annual deconstruction + reuse conference has invited Elma Durmisevic to speak about her research for the implementation of new European standards aimed at boosting the circular economy in construction (BAMB). The audience was also interested in how a platform for reversible building design like GTB Lab was set up.

keynote speakers at deconstruction reuse 2021
Keynote speakers at deconstruction reuse 2021

4 Keynote Sessions

Felix Heisel, Director of the Circular Construction Lab.

Google’s Spruce Goose’s Team

Elma Durmisevic, Creator of Laboratory for Green Transformable Buildings (GTB Lab)

Garry Cooper, Co-founder and CEO of Rheaply


3 Solutions Sessions

Commercial Reuse

Reimagining Reuse Supply Chains

Disaster Debris Deconstruction & Reuse


40+ Presentations

Lifecycle assessments, deconstruction policy innovations, 3D printing for circular economies, bringing reuse retail online, and much, much more!


Build Reuse

Build Reuse's mission is to empower communities to turn construction and demolition waste into local resources. The nonprofit-organization established in 1994 serves as the premier national organization encouraging the recovery, reuse, and recycling of building materials in the United States. We are also committed to developing social investment and workforce development programs in the deconstruction industry. Our vision is to transform our communities by creating a building industry in which used and excess materials become an asset and waste is no longer acceptable.


Core Principles

  1. The present linear economic model relying on consumption of “new” products and materials is unsustainable.

  2. The reuse of building materials needs to be recognized as a key component of sustainability goals. A circular economy is a critical component to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in the building industry.

  3. Reuse recognizes and prioritizes existing community value. Reinvesting the inherent wealth of existing materials back into the community can create employment and economic opportunities, address urban blight, and contribute to achieving affordable housing goals.

  4. Reuse is the most impactful when implemented locally. Shifting to an economy with just and ethical supply chains centered on reuse and repurposing creates local jobs, builds small businesses, and empowers disenfranchised members of our communities.