The construction and demolition (C&D) industry generates almost 230 million tons of waste annually, much of which are reusable or recyclable. By reducing waste generation, deconstruction also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and abates the need for new landfills and incinerators. Perhaps most importantly, it helps to steer the C&D industry away from traditional consumption and disposal patterns and towards sustainability and reuse. Reducing the industry’s consumption of virgin materials helps preserve natural resources and protect the environment from the air, ground, and water pollution related to extraction, processing, and disposal of raw materials.
Deconstruction is the systematic disassembly of a building, with the purpose of recovering valuable materials for reuse in construction, renovation or manufacturing into new products. It addresses many of the environmental concerns of the C&D industry while creating good paying jobs. With ILSR’s support, this field has grown exponentially over the last decade.
Given the growth of the field ILSR is adjusting its work in this field. Rather than serve as a general contractor, ILSR now facilitates the start-up and expansion of deconstruction enterprises for cities and the private sector. Rather than having our own deconstruction staff, we work through technical assistance providers located in every corner of the US. Our working partners include The ReUse People, Re-Use Consulting, Second Chance, Bearded Brothers Deconstruction, the Green Institute, Institution Recycling Network, and the Deconstruction Institute. ILSR will continue to work with new and existing companies to raise capital for projects.