They challenge you to come up with an innovative design to reduce waste, reuse materials and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The goal of the EPA’s Lifecycle Building Challenge is to find new ways to divert some of the 100-million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris that goes into landfills every year. The press release says winners will be announced in the fall.
I think they’d get a better response from contractors if they threw some money in the pot. The heavy construction industry is already a huge volume recycler of concrete, asphalt and steel. If you’re interested in more information check out the Construction Materials Recycling Association.