Renew Building Materials & Salvage, Inc.

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Environment, Homeless & Housing

Location: 16 Town Crier Dr #2 Brattleboro VT 05301 USA

Mission: We supply quality used building materials, many from our deconstruction service. We  train and often employ local at-risk populations. We make grants and offer vouchers to Habitat for Humanity and others for creation and maintenance of affordable housing. Our programs divert construction materials from the landfill while building community skills and supporting housing infrastructure
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

It is so much fun digging through all the treasures to find the perfect window or the perfect door. We found great windows at ReNew for our new sugarhouse.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save a lot more resources. But they already are saving resources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

ReNew is an essential resource-- I find things I need, as well as inspiration for future projects. Erich and his staff always have good advice and are a pleasure to deal with. I'll be back many, many times!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

finding buried treasure in the racks and aisles.

Ways to make it better...

price tags were easier to find on some items.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

We purchased lumber for my son's tree fort at Renew Building Materials & Salvage and are thrilled with the materials, service, and price. Without recycled materials, I could not have afforded to have the fort built. It was an exciting experience to bring my 8 year old along and have him help to choose the lumber with us. It was much more exciting field trip than shopping at a conventional building supply store. The variety of fixtures, windows, and other recycled materials was fascinating to young and old alike. And the service was extraordinary!! Keep up the good work Renew!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

thoughtful, informed, professional, helpful, knowlegable and passionate about their work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

First of all, I believe there should be stores like ReNew in every town, because it just makes sense. Construction and demolition waste makes up a substantial portion of the waste stream, and a waste it is when it can be re-used! Second, stuff there is cheap. That matters. Especially when it's good stuff that's cheap. Third, the staff speak the language of contractors and building professionals, not canned Home Depot customer service. It's dirty, crowded, hard to find things (there are no big overhead aisle signs - and only a suggestion of aisles in the first place). This can be a charm and it can be a turn-off. You might have to ask for help (and the help is knowledgeable). In general I prefer my retail to be self-service and easy and I want to invest as little as possible in it (it's the stuff I want, not the experience). You won't get that with ReNew.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Bought stuff cheap! (bricks, cabinets, etc, etc)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Erich founded ReNew and is very much integral to it. At some point it will be time to bring in others who are capable of running it and Erich should move on. It's a problem when founders stay in the same role for more than 10 years or so.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

- Good value - the principal of reusing stuff - Erich is a good leader and is knowledgeable

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful Not plastic

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Replicate the model in other places. Convert more demolition to deconstruction and reuse.

Ways to make it better...

The store were bigger and laid out more like a home depot and it was easier to find stuff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I don't think it's "caught on" yet. They need more sales volume, which means more marketing or something.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Entering Renew is like discovering a warehouse full of treasures. I am committed to buying salvaged materials when I can, but I really enjoy checking out the stock. All the pieces have a story and Renew is a great stop to get inspired for all kinds of projects, not just building and restoration. Visiting renew is a must for artisans, craftspeople, DYI'ers, and designers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I am supporting an organization that keeps heaps of materials out of the waste stream.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I always go to renew first whenever I need anything from nut and bolts to appliances and cabinets. Their prices are great, and Erich is really knowledgeable and helpful. I am still happy with the gas stove I bought several years ago for $100, and am thrilled with the extra kitchen cabinets i just got that matched my current cabinets for a fraction of the price.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that i am reusing old stuff that's still good instead of wasting precious virgin resources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I needed to build a cabin in a short period of time. Renew had the framing lumber, plywood, fiberglass insulation, rigid foam board, tile, cabinets, windows, doors, flooring, and bath fixtures. m My total cost was very low because of their affordable prices, and I felt much better knowing that no trees needed to be cut down to make it all come together.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a great place to take left-overs from my home projects.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Improve its fleet of aging trucks and finish its expansion plans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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