Deconstruction is the hand removal of building components in the reverse order of their installation in order to carefully reclaim materials for reuse and recycling. As a homeowner, when you choose Habitat for your Deconstruction project, you will be donating the reusable materials to be resold at deep discounts in our ReStore. These savings may allow you to upgrade or expand your remodeling plans. This provides you a tax deduction, as well as the opportunity to help us raise more money to build more Habitat for Humanity homes in our area.
As a contractor, when you use our Deconstruction team, you will be working with a dedicated and qualified team of volunteers. We will come to your worksite, and free of charge, and remove reusable materials, saving you money in labor costs and disposal fees while keeping tons of materials per year from reaching our landfills. These savings may allow your customer to upgrade or expand their remodeling plans. All donations of materials are tax deductible.
- The average Deconstruction project will salvage between 50% - 90% of the materials from any given structure, depending on the scope of work.
- The average home contains 892 million BTU's of embodied energy, an amount of energy equal to 7,826 gallons of gas or enough to drive an SUV 5.5 times around the earth.
- For every three square feet of salvaged materials, you can build one square foot of new construction, saving all the materials that go with new construction.
- Every year, the amount of construction debris placed in landfills equals the amount of material that could build a wall 30 feet high and 30 feet thick that could encompass the enitre continental United States. This is every year.
- The micro-organisms that decompose this debris will release about five million tons of carbon in the form of methane gas. This is the equivalent of to the annual emissions of 3,736,000 automobiles.
- Research shows that for every dollar of goods donated to Habitat for Humanity, 1.3 pounds of waste is kept out of our landfills.
ITEMS ACCEPTED AT THE ReSTORE:
Appliances and Electronics
Must be clean and in 100% working condition
Must have all knobs, trays, burners, shelves, trays, etc.
Generally must be 5 years old or newer
Refrigerators 10-12 years old or newer
Water Heaters 2-3 years old or newer
Bed frames in good condition and not rusty
New or slightly used bed linens with no stains
Cabinets and Countertops
Only complete cabinets with all doors and drawers
We do not accept detached cabinet doors or drawers
Must be free of rot and in useable condition
Doors and Windows
Must be in good condition, no holes, glass intact
Must not have rot, cracks or seperating
Windows must be complete units with all sashes
Metal and wood screens in good condition only
No sliding glass doors
Electrical and Electrical Fixtures
Accept electrical parts, lights, wire and harware
associated with electrical wiring
Preferably seperated by type and style
Light fixtures must be in working order
Must be clean and free of rust
Harwood/Parquet flooring must be free from rot and in
useable quantities (25 sq ft or more)
New or undamaged vinyl or ceraamic tile
Sheet vinyl/linoleum any quantity of new material rolled,
taped and measured
Must be free of rips, tears and stains
Must be in overall good condition and need no repair
Accept hardware for doors and cabinets
Must be in good condition anf free of rust
Preferably sorted by type or style
Accept full and 1/2 sheets of plywood
Accept full and 1/2 lengths of lumber (minimum 4 ft)
Siding must be full length
Must be free of nails, screws and rot
Must be clean and in good working order
Toilets must include a tank cover
No rust, no cracks, no chips, no stains
Shingles must be in complete packages
Most roofing materials are accepted on case by case basis
Curtains, Window Treatments
Entertainment Items (CDs, DVDs, VHS Tapes, etc)
Fabric, Sewing Notions, Craft Supplies
Fans - in working condition
Household Items & Housewares (dishes, pots, pans, etc)
Mirrors FRAMED ONLY, no cracks