Deconstruction is the systematic dismantling of a structure that prioritizes salvage of materials for reuse over recycling, recycles what is not reusable, and minimizes unusable/non-recyclable residuals that end up in the landfill.
The average 2500 ft American home contains:
159 tons of debris, or 12,500 cubic feet of debris
7,500 Board Feet of lumber, or 41 mature trees
5,900 lbs. of recyclable steel and 960 lbs. of recyclable plastics
Recycling these materials saves energy equivalent to 641 gallons of gasoline
In addition to resource conservation, deconstruction can offer additional benefits like creating new jobs in reuse operations that distribute, resell and upcycle salvaged items and opportunities to educate and train skilled tradespeople in the building process.
The National Center for Craftsmanship, Fort Collins, CO
Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world — a good deal for you, your community and the environment. Find your local ReStore.
Wood Reuse and Recycling Directory
The American and Canadian Wood Councils have partnered with Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) to develop a North American directory outlining reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products. The online resource lists companies within a searchable geographic area that have agreed to provide reuse and recycling options for wood and wood-based products, for both those looking to provide such products as well as those looking to obtain wood products for reuse. The website can be found at: ReuseWood.org.