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Examples of Deconstruction Programs and Regulations





Salvage Permitting Ordinance Number: 122901/Residential Deconstruction Permit

Seattle, Washington

The city of Seattle, Washington adopted an ordinance that permits residential units to be demolished despite regulations disallowing their demolition, provided the building materials are reused or recycled. The ordinance eliminates the requirement for a master use permit and allows expedited permitting for residential deconstruction projects.

Town of Los Altos Hills: Your Guide to Deconstruction Permits

Los Altos Hills, California

In this guide, the town of Los Altos Hills, California explains the resolution waiving demolition permit fees for deconstruction projects. The guide also highlights the fast-track permitting process for deconstruction projects.

Technical Memorandum: Brownfields Sustainability Pilot, City of Cleveland

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

This report discusses the EPA’s Brownfields Sustainability Pilot in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on deconstruction. The report cites five strategies the city could use to reduce regulatory barriers and otherwise increase the use of deconstruction as an alternative to demolition of abandoned buildings.

Iowa Deconstruction & Recycling Inventory Part Two: Iowa Green Deconstruction Report

Iowa Workforce Development

In this report, the authors discuss opportunities and detail existing regulations and incentives to support deconstruction practices in Iowa. After reviewing practices in Wisconsin, Florida, China, and Japan, the report recommends best practices for green deconstruction.

Recycling Ordinances and Building Design Guidelines

North Central Texas Council of Governments

This study details regulations and building guidelines that local governments have used to support recycling, including the recycling and reuse of construction and demolition materials.


Published Date: September 24, 2013

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