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An Introduction to Deconstruction


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A brief overview of the principles of deconstruction and how to reuse construction materials.

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An Introduction to Deconstruction

  1. 1. Deconstruction An Introduction for theCook County Board of Commissioners March 13, 2012
  2. 2. DefinitionsDeconstruction•• Carefully dismantling a building and salvaging components for reuse. Results in: – Products for sale (windows, doors, lumber) – Jobs and trained labor force – Improved environmental qualityDemolition•• Destroying a building (or portion), often with heavy machinery, employing very few and resulting in some recycling, and large amounts of landfill waste.
  3. 3. Building Material Reuse Center: ReBuilding Exchange in ChicagoStore open 6 days a week, makingreused materials available to thepublic. Employs 10 FTE’s
  4. 4. Construction and Demolition WasteWaste – Construction and demolition material is largest single category of waste in Cook County – Cook County has 1 remaining landfill – 7 years of remaining capacityDemolition – 250,000 homes demolished annually in the US (2006 EPA figure, before increases due to foreclosure crisis) – Dust from demolition contributes to asthma.
  5. 5. Construction and Demolition WasteReuse potential - fixtures, doors, windows, cabinets, lumber, and brick are some of the materials in a typical home that can be reused. Sample diversion results from pilot Cook County deconstruction, June 2011
  6. 6. Cook County Pilot Deconstruction Contractor Training• Trained 60 contractors in deconstruction• Deconstructed 4 homes, 1 commercial bldg• Diverted 750 tons of waste from the landfill• Created 6 deconstruction case studies to use for policy initiatives.
  7. 7. Photos from Deconstruction Training
  8. 8. Cost Comparisons: Demolition versus DeconstructionThe costs of deconstruction can vary. Factors that impact total project costs:• quality and integrity of the structure• labor costs• machinery and equipment• transportation costs• disposal and processing costs• revenues from sale of materials• avoided landfill and disposal charges
  9. 9. Cost ComparisonsExample:2,000 square foot house Deconstruction DemolitionStructure Removal $6,750 $2,500Foundation Removal $4,000 $4,000Tipping Fees (Foundation) $2,000 $2,000Tipping Fees (Other Materials) $1,000 $2,000 $13,750 $10,500Potential Donation/Resale Value -$3,500 -$500Total Project Costs $10,250 $10,000
  10. 10. Next Steps• Disseminate Cook County Deconstruction Market Study• Encourage More Suburban Retail Reuse Outlets• Train More Contractors• Implement Cook County Diversion Ordinance• Measure Impact
  11. 11. Contact InformationElise Zelechowski, Managing DirectorDelta Institute35 East Wacker, Suite 1200Chicago, IL 60601(312) 554-0900, ext