Deconstruction of structures in the builtenvironment is a systematic disassembly process that facilitates materialseparation and maximizes the market value of recovered materials. Thisdisassembly process minimizes damage to the generated materials and increasestheir potential for salvage and reuse. Deconstruction can be conductedon whole buildings instead of demolition or during renovations. Deconstructionand building materials reuse policies and projects conserve resources,including finite, old-growth forest resources, divert demolition debrisfrom disposal and advance the highest and best end-of-life uses of buildingmaterials while also creating job training and green job opportunities.The webinar will explore the success of Portland’s model deconstructionpolicies and insights from a successful deconstruction and reuse leader.
The below organizations are representedon this webinar:
City of Portland passedfirst-in-the-nation mandatorydeconstruction ordinance in2016. In the first year of the deconstruction ordinance, Portland salvagedover 5 million pounds of building materials and certified 17 deconstructioncontractors. The ordinance requires anyone seeking a demolition permitfor a single-family home or duplex constructed in or before 1916 or a designatedhistoric structure, to manually deconstruct the building instead of demolishingit. The City used an innovative small grants program and developed contractorand workforce training through the BuildingMaterials Reuse Association(BMRA). In addition, Oregon building codes now allow the reuse of undamagedlumber without regrading.
GreenLynx is a San Franciscoand Sonoma-based deconstruction, building materials sales, reuse logisticsand green consulting company with over 25 years combined experiencein deconstruction, reuse, and green building. The company specializes infull and surgical building deconstruction, green point rating, and reuselogistics for residential and commercial, and industrial properties. GreenLynxstrives to go beyond what people call “green” and “sustainable” bysupporting and creating markets for materials that have a higher and betteruse through reuse. GreenLynx is a division of Nielsen/Aire Corporation,a third generation women-owned general contractor.
Reuse Alliance is a non-profitorganization founded in 2005 to educate the public about the social, environmentaland economic benefits of reuse by providing capacity-building servicesthat strengthen the reuse community. The organization represents over onehundred reuse organizations that employ 250,000 people and a communitythat divert 9.1 million pounds of waste from landfills every day. Theyenvision a world where people are actively engaged in the reuse movementand as a result have created a cleaner environment, a greener economy fortheir communities, and a more equitable society.