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Membership

You don't need to be a member to shop at Boston Building Resources, but members receive discount prices and other benefits. There are two levels of membership: Standard and Plus.

Standard Membership

Standard members receive discounts on all new products from BBR’s co-op and lower fees for home repair workshops. (Purchases from the Reuse Center at BBR are at the public price level.) Members can access our tradesperson referral file, technical assistance program, and more. The cost for Standard membership is $25 per year.

Plus Membership

Plus membership is reserved for those who meet our income guidelines and for nonprofit organizations. For a $10 annual membership fee, Plus members receive all the benefits of Standard membership, plus a significant discount on used/donated materials from the Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources

For Plus membership, customers must show proof of income by providing a copy of last year’s tax return. Nonprofits must provide a copy of their 501©(3) determination letter and, to purchase materials sales-tax free, a Massachusetts ST-2 form. There is a $10 yearly membership fee for all Plus members. You will need to renew your membership each year and provide updated proof of income.

Only the people listed on the application may receive the Plus member discount. Materials may not be purchased for others under your name or by proxy.

Income guidelines for individuals are based on the household size, as follows:

1 person: $56,350
2 people: $64,400
3 people: $72,450
4 people: $80,450
5 people: $86,900
6 people: $93,350
7 people: $99,800
8 people: $106,200

Last updated August 2014

To join or renew, choose your membership type below.

Plus members also need to provide documentation showing that your income meets the guidelines. Please provide a copy of last year's Form 1040 either by (1) faxing to 617-427-2491, (2) bringing a copy in to the Reuse Center sales office, or (3) emailing a PDF or JPEG copy to info@bostonbuildingresources.com. If emailing or faxing, please delete, black out, or tape over social security numbers before sending or scanning your document.


Technical Assistance

BBR members can also receive one-on-one technical assistance from Boston Building Resources through in-home, in-store, or phone consultation. Technical assistance can provide:

  • Weatherization and insulation advice
  • Help with measuring, especially for windows and doors
  • Help with rehabbing older double-hung windows
  • Help with preparations for kitchen or bath remodeling, including measuring and layout/design
  • Advice on prioritizing projects—what needs to come first, what can wait, and what might not need to be done at all

Technical assistance is $50 per hour for members. There is a one-hour ($50) minimum. To purchase, click on the "Technical Assistance" icon at right:


Rental Items

Boston Building Resources has a few specialty items that members can rent. There is a rental fee per day or per week (subject to sales tax) as well as a refundable deposit for each item.

Staple Gun
Used with 3/16” staples to install spring bronze and cushion bronze weather stripping. Staples (stainless steel and galvanized) are available for purchase.

  • $10 per day, $40 per week, $250 deposit

Pipe Gauge
Used to measure pipes for fiberglass pipe insulation

  • Free to rent, $20 deposit

Die Grinder
Used to remove soft or rotten wood before repairing with epoxy

  • $10 per day, $40 per week, $125 deposit

Epoxy Double Gun
Fits the double tube of Flex-Tec two-part epoxy

  • $5 per day, $15 deposit

Vinyl Window Jamb Spreader
For making repairs to vinyl windows

  • $5 per day, $150 deposit

Spiral Balance Tool
Adjusts the tension in windows with spiral balances

  • $5 per day, $20 deposit

Call 617-442-2262, ext. 1, to check availability or to reserve an item.


Summary of Membership Benefits

Standard Membership

  • Pricing on materials from our co-op: Discount
  • Pricing on materials at our Reuse Center: Public Price
  • Access to tradesperson referral file
  • Tool rental
  • Four hours of kitchen design time
  • Fee for workshops: $40–$50
  • Annual membership fee: $25

Plus Membership (income-qualified)

  • Pricing on materials from our co-op: Discount
  • Pricing on materials at our Reuse Center: Discount
  • Access to tradesperson referral file
  • Tool rental
  • Four hours of kitchen design time
  • Fee for workshops: $25–$35
  • Annual membership fee: $10

BBR members also receive $25 off the Zipcar membership fee.