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Featured Article, Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | 2 Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2012

Creating Jobs and Saving Money through Reuse – A Deconstruction Case Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/westmoreland-deconstruction-case-study/

The joint venture between Westmoreland Community Action (WCA), Greensburg, PA, and The ReUse People (TRP), Oakland, CA, completes a circle begun over a decade ago when HHS engaged ILSR to explore the feasibility of building deconstruction as a community development tool. The ILSR technical assistance work that followed led to the start up and expansion of numerous deconstruction companies and projects. As advisor to TRP, ILSR suggested that WCA would be a suitable partner as TRP expanded from its base in CA to nine additional sites throughout the U.S. Continue reading

Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 19, 2010

“Green” Deconstruction of Highland Park Home First in Texas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/green-deconstruction-of-highland-park-home-first-in-texas/

The deconstructing of a house is under way in North Texas, and all for the purpose of going “green.” Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2010

New Developments

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/12857/

Updated June 2010 After 10 years of research, advocacy, implementation, and technical assistance to promote the development of building deconstruction across the US, ILSR is declaring victory. The Department of Housing and Urban Development took tentative steps a few years ago to allow deconstruction projects to be eligible under HOPE VI projects for public housing… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 9, 2009

The Evolution of Deconstruction

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/the-evolution-of-deconstruction-2/

by Neil Seldman in BioCycle Deconstructing, as opposed to demolishing, abandoned buildings will revitalize our cities by reducing waste, creating green jobs, providing high-quality recycled materials for new construction, and more. Read the full BioCycle article Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2009

Recycling First: Directing Federal Stimulus Money to Real Green Projects

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/recycling-first-directing-federal-stimulus-money-to-real-green-projects/

Directing Federal Stimulus Money to Real Green Projects published at http://www.emagazine.com/archive/4601 “Shovel-ready” is the key to the Obama Administration’s plan for a rapid flow of money to city public works projects in its effort to stimulate green jobs, green infrastructure and local spending. But is this plan practical? Do cities have “shovel-ready” green projects? Most… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2008

Economic Benefits

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/economic-benefits/

The economic benefits of deconstruction are substantial. One of the biggest challenges to “greening” businesses is overcoming the false perception that environmentally-sound business practices necessarily will increase costs and decrease profits. Deconstruction is helping break that myth. Companies that have participated in ILSR’s projects confirm that: Deconstruction is cost-effective. Not only can buildings be deconstructed… Continue reading

Windows in reuse store
Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2007

Susquehanna Deconstruction Pilot Project Report

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/susquehanna-deconstruction-pilot-project-report/

In 2004, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) a grant to assess the supply and demand for recoverable residential building materials in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This report presents our findings and recommendations. Continue reading

filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2007

Deconstruction Assessment in Cleveland, Ohio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/deconstruction-assessment-in-cleveland-ohio/

Spring 2007 The George Gund Foundation of Cleveland funded ILSR to research, conduct site visits, and prepare a report about the current status of deconstruction in Cleveland with recommendations for supporting the industry’s growth. ILSR staff, Neil Seldman and Linda Knapp, met with key public and private stakeholders in Cleveland from May 24-26, 2007. Research… Continue reading

unbuilding
Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2007

Unbuilding: Salvaging the Architectural Treasures of Unwanted Houses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/unbuilding-salvaging-the-architectural-treasures-of-unwanted-houses/

The country’s two leading expert advocates for salvaging parts of unwanted houses rather than demolishing them explain the “green” art of unbuilding (or deconstruction) and take the reader on a fascinating tour of the process. Continue reading