Deconstructing Building Deconstruction

"Demolish" an old restaurant for $50-70,000, and all you're left with is a bunch of junk that's headed to the landfill.

"Deconstruct" the same old restaurant for the same price tag, and the result is a bunch of useful materials that can be used to construct a new business--in this case, a new Salvation Army in South Burlington, Vermont.

Building deconstruction is a growing trend in the building industry, as it becomes easier to reuse the many useful parts of an old structure (from wiring to tiling). You can even get a tax write-off.

If you only have a small amount of lumber or have extra paint in opened containers, consider setting up a neighborhood building materials pool. Having a place to go for scrap wood in a pinch can be a real help, and might rescue otherwise useful materials from the landfill.

Tags: Building, Business, Home, Landfill, Recycle

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