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Deconstruction - RE-USE Consulting won the Building Materials Reuse Association's National Building Deconstructor of the Year-2009/2010!

We are offering 100 level, 200 level, 300 level, and 400 level customized training courses on building deconstruction and building material reuse.  Call for details

DECON WATCH (TOTAL BUILDINGS):                             approaching 600 !!!!!!
DECON WATCH (TOTAL JOBS/JOB SITES):                   3000+

Featured Project: Wondering what our 500th structure was?  Hopefully, you will get to watch it on TV- but that is still being negotiated.  It is the oldest underground power plant IN THE WORLD!  We will post more details soon, but what a great job to celebrate this milestone for RE-USE Consulting. 

What is building deconstruction anyway?

Manual Building Deconstruction is the systematic disassembly of a structure to maximize reuse and recycling.

Hybrid Deconstruction is a term we came up with to describe the use of people and machines to efficiently deconstruct buildings, with the goal of maximizing reuse and recycling.  It refers to the hybrid of demolition and manual deconstruction.

Deconstruction Center is a concept we came up with where a reuse store, deconstruction processing center, and recycling centers are co-located to take advantage of the efficient use of employees, resources, and employees needed for each of those three divisions.  Think green collar jobs - maximizing reuse and recycling - and reuse sales and value-added operations.

Building Harvesting is our term for the fastest way to remove a building while still trying to divert materials from the landfill, especially focusing on reusable materials.

Partial deconstruction is the removal of part of a structure without harming the remaining section(s) while still focusing on maximizing reuse and recycling.

Building kits are collections of materials that have been labeled, diagrammed, and then carefully disassembled in order to be reassembled at another job site.

RE-USE and Deconstruction:
We have been salvaging and deconstructing buildings for the last 16.5 years.  To date, we have physically helped deconstruct over 490 structures.  Yes, when we started it did take 3 weeks to take down a 2000 sq ft home, but now it may only take 3 days!  To us, every building is like a 'deconstruction lab' where we can experiment and discovery new techniques.  This has put us on the cutting edge of the industry and increased our speed.  We hope for a minimum of 70% landfill diversion for each project.  RE-USE Consulting offers you multiple options and combines them to maximize diversion while minimizing cost.  We say that any project that isn't a potential case-study after completion is a disappointment (meaning it cannot be used to promote the building deconstruction industry), and yet we take on all types of buildings.   So contact us if you have a building to take down or you want to learn how to take them down yourself.

Innovation/Resources - contact us for more info on these tools:
Kickin' Nails: Find out which one of our clients came up with a tool that actually shoots nails out of boards instead of shooting them into boards.  Its called the Nailkicker and please contact us to find out more. 
Nail Jack: Our industry keeps making improvements in an effort to make building deconstruction economically viable.  Pulling nails is a large percentage of the labor required.  Contact us for more info.
Artillery Pry Bar System: Get the latest advancement in the industry - an adjustable prybar system.  We are looking forward to trying them out for the first time soon...


Do Not Deconstruct Another Building Without These!!!!!!!! We won't walk over a bed of hot coals, but we will stomp on nailed lumber all day (don't try this at home) with our stainless steel shoes inserts.  They have protected us for the last 10 years.  Contact us to find out more.

RE-USE Consulting is a member of the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA), a non-profit organization educating the public on the value of reusing building materials from existing structures and it is the Country's leading authority on building deconstruction.  The BMRA holds a national conference and is involved with many other green building events around the Country.  (check them out at

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The BMRA needs your help in planning DECON13!

The BMRA is in the planning stages for DECON13, our next national conference on Building Materials Reuse, Deconstruction, and Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling. We are tentatively planning to hold the conference in April or May of 2013, however we have not finalized a location or date. We are looking for input from those who might wish to host a conference in their city. If you are interested in helping plan and execute DECON11 in your city,  please email Note: Dave Bennink of RE-USE Consulting is the Vice-President of the BMRA Board of Directors.

Top 5 steps to deconstruction:

1. Site visit
2. Assessment
3. Set up sales
4. Deconstruct
5. Site clean up, paperwork, metrics

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