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Deconstruction: Salvaging Yesterday’s Buildings for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Communities

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 1, 1999 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Deconstruction is the process of carefully dismantling a building in order to salvage components for reuse and recycling. This report provides information to understand and advocate for deconstruction locally, regionally, and nationally, emphasizing partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit practitioners. A collaborative project of the Materials for the Future Foundation (San Francisco) and ILSR.

by Kivi Leroux and Neil Seldman
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About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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