Definitions of terms and phrases used on

Circular Economy: In a linear economy raw materials are taken, turned into products, and then thrown away after their initial use. In a circular economy, raw materials do not lose their value. Products are recycled, construction deconstructed, and materials are reused to make new products. Waste is eliminated.

Circular FactoryTM: See Transformation Distribution Center. Systems and processes by which products are deconstructed or recycled and reusable material are redistributed.

Construction: The process of building something, usually a large structure. Bonus: using new AND used materials…sourced with the help of

Dashboard: Your place to manage sales, edit account information, view Wish Lists, and Wanted Posters. Click on "Sign In” or "Hi, [Your Name]” in the absolute top right corner of the website to visit your Dashboard.

Deconstruction: To selectively dismantle a building’s components, specifically for reuse, repurposing, recycling, and waste management.

Demolition: Clearing or taking down a building as quickly as possible.

Green: Creating in a way that is less harmful or more sensitive to the environment

HVAC: An abbreviation that stands for heat, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Kiddie Pool: A term used affectionately to identify outside input on a project, by someone who isn't actively involved.  "Hang on, we have a comment from the kiddie pool. What's that Joe? Joe thinks we should..."   *Some really great ReCapturit ideas came from the kiddie pool. So feel free to jump in! 

Lath: Backing material for stucco or plaster. In older homes where "lath and plaster" walls are present instead of drywall, the lath consists of thin strips of wood. In exterior applications, even to this day, lath is the metal wire on the frame of a building that serves as a base for laying stucco or plaster.

Linear Economy: "Take, Make, Waste" In this economic model, raw materials are taken, turned into products, and then thrown away after their initial use. In a Circular Economy, raw materials do not lose their value. Products are recycled, construction deconstructed, and materials are reused to make new products. Waste is eliminated.

LTL, Less-than-truckload: Goods weighing less than 10,000 pounds from several shippers loaded onto one trailer. Using a nationwide network to efficiently move goods from origin to destination.

Master Format: The MasterFormat (sometimes referred to as the "Sweets code") was developed by the Construction Specifications Institute. It is the standard used to provide synchronicity between manufacturers and builders. The MasterFormat is used by manufacturers to ensure that their products meet requirements such as size, weight, or material types. A coding system designed to offer clarity across the industry. For a more detailed description, click here.

My Inventory: (Seller Term, found in the Dashboard) These are the items you currently have listed in your Seller Storefront on This means you have inventory, and are ready to ship. Out of stock? Don’t worry, your listing’s still in the system, it’s just under the My Products tab instead.

My Products: (Seller Term, found in the Dashboard) Think of this as an archive tab. Every product you’ve added to the system, active or inactive, all in one place.  

Origin: Site where the shipment first enters the freight system. (Usually the seller’s warehouse.)

Premium Package: (Seller Term, Subscriptions) One of the features of our Intermediate and Unlimited Packages. It includes printed outlines and "How To” guides, Inventory Stickers, ReCapturit swag and more.

POS System, Point of Sale System: System that enables business transactions between the client and the company. A computerized network that consists of the main computer (sometimes CLOUD based) linked with inventory management hardware, barcode scanners, and checkout/payment terminals.

Recaptured: Every amazing product on our site has been recaptured; saved from garbage heaps, wrecking balls, and landfills. Put instead in someone’s home or office, to be appreciated for years to come.

Recycled: Products and/or materials which could’ve been considered "waste,” turned into something useable.

Refurbished: To be repaired, redecorated, or restored. In the case of electronics; using new components to restore old products "back to factory condition.”
Reused:Products and/or materials which could’ve been considered "waste,” used "as is” by someone else. One man's trash is, in fact, another man's treasure.

Salvaged: The act of rescuing or saving materials that would’ve otherwise have been demolished.

Story of OriginTM: Some items have unique back stories that add to their charm and value. Sellers can post that story in the Story of Origin tab on a product page. Learn about the building your item came from, the year it was made or salvaged, certificate of authenticity information, and more. (Read our blog article about Story of Origin.)

Sustainability: A focus on meeting the needs of the present without compromising or depleting the resources of the future. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social—also known informally as profits, planet, and people.

SWEETSTM: (See Also: Master Format) A building products database used by Architects, Engineers, Designers, and Contractors. These professionals use numeric codes (seen in our own product categories) to find detailed company and product information such as; material specs, CAD details, green product info, BIM (Building Information Modeling) data and more. Learn more at

Tariff: a tax or duty to be paid on a particular class of imports or exports.

Tonnage: The weight (in tons) of a shipment transported by truck.

TL, Truckload: Large-volume shipment from a single customer that weighs more than 10,000 pounds or takes up all the trailer space so no other shipment can be loaded.

Transformation Distribution CenterTM:  Taking in the "raw materials" of building demolition and architectural salvage at one end, the Transformation Distribution Center takes those materials and processes them like a recycling processor, but goes further to "productize" much of this former waste into usable bundles, products, pallets, piles, and pieces to sell on the open market for new uses in construction and creative uses. It is the Circular FactoryTM in a sense and you will come to see these TDC's cropping up all over the country and the world! 

Urbanite:  Witty term for recycled concrete. Usually large broken chunks, leftover from a demolition project. Urbanite pieces are most commonly seen stacked to make retaining walls, or used in place of pavers for walkways, patios, or other common spaces.

Wanted PosterTM:  The Wanted PosterTM is a resource for buyers who are looking for something specific, that might not appear in ReCapturit search results. Learn more about it here.