PATH - A Public Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology
A Guide to Deconstruction: An Overview of Deconstruction With a Focus on Community Development Opportunities
February 2000, 13 pages
Building recycling builds community jobs and revenue
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This publication provides a general overview of:
When you demolish a building, its contents are sent to a landfill; when you deconstruct a building, its contents are salvaged and reused. The results are significantly less waste to dispose of and a new source of revenue for resourceful communities. Train unskilled and unemployed workers in deconstruction methods and you have a new supply of jobs. Salvage the contents and you have a profit-making proposition for innovative small businesses. Since deconstruction generates revenues and cuts landfill and disposal costs, it even costs less than demolition.
This guide will help public housing authorities and non-profit organizations determine whether they have the right type, number and condition of buildings for deconstruction. The guide also provides examples of the methods various communities have used to make deconstruction part of their community revitalization efforts.
Content updated on 1/2/2007
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