The EPA estimated that around opens in a new window600 million tons of construction and demolition materials were thrown away in the U.S. in 2018. These discarded materials come from building demolitions and renovations and their total weight is opens in a new windowmore than double that of all other yearly U.S. municipal solid waste. A great way to divert this waste from landfills and give salvageable materials a second life is through deconstruction.
Deconstruction is the process of taking a building apart, piece by piece, and salvaging appliances and materials instead of demolishing it. Up to , and up to in a home deconstruction. This can be done in two ways: a soft strip or a full deconstruction.
Benefits of Deconstruction:
Deconstruction is a cost competitive alternative to conventional building demolition. By reusing building materials, many environmental and social benefits can be realized, including:
- Reducing the consumption of new resources
- Creating value-added market from waste materials
- Minimizing landfill waste and pollution
- Expanding job opportunities and workforce development skills
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