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A Guide to Deconstruction: An Overview of Destruction With a Focus on Community Development Opportunities

Release Date: 
December 2000 (19 pages)
Posted Date:   
December 1, 2000

Deconstruction is a new term to describe an old process-the selective dismantling or removal of materials from buildings before or instead of some elements of demolition. What is innovative and exciting is how communities can use this process-deconstruction-to support and complement other community objectives. Deconstruction can be a link to job training and economic development efforts. It can create job training and job opportunities for unskilled and unemployed workers; also, small businesses could be created to handle the salvaged material from deconstruction projects. Further, deconstruction benefits the environment by diverting valuable resources from crowded landfills into profitable uses. In doing so, deconstruction helps pay for itself by generating revenues and reducing landfill and disposal costs.

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