Construction Monday – The ReBuilding Center

February 8, 2016

It’s Construction Monday and time for another glimpse inside Everett Custom Homes. Building a home within the City of Portland sometimes means having to remove an existing home. This process requires great care and any chance Everett can, The ReBuilding Center’s DeConstruction Services are utilized to remove the existing homes. This non-profit organization provides a number of great benefits to the community and the environment. Founded by volunteers in 1998, The ReBuilding Center carries the region’s largest volume of used building and remodeling materials. It provides resources that make home repairs affordable to everyone, with the goal of promoting the reuse of salvaged and reclaimed materials. Three hundred visitors come to The ReBuilding Center every day to browse the ever-changing inventory that includes sinks, tubs, tile, lumber, doors, windows, trim and much more. The center’s DeConstruction Services reduces waste, promotes reuse and recycling and minimizes the impact on our region’s natural resources. If you’ve ever seen this process first hand, it’s quite amazing. All done by hand, their skilled team salvages for reuse up to 85% of a building’s major components.

Did you know that DeConstruction Services creates six to eight local jobs for every one created by standard demolition? Also, salvaged materials are available to the public at The ReBuilding Center and live on in homes and other projects throughout our region. Materials are also repurposed into furniture and works of art, a great way to preserve a piece of Portland history. When hauling away the recycled materials, the sometimes use bicycles

At Everett Custom Homes, we understand how beneficial it is to use this service and the huge impact it has on our environment and community. That’s why, when we come across a property that requires a home to be removed, we try to utilize this service as often as we can. Did you know, for deconstruction of an average 2000 square foot house:

  • Preserves 2,400 gallons of clean water
  • Saves 33 mature trees
  • Provides 907 additional hours of work at a living wage
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 2.9 cars off the road for a year

Next time you see an Everett Custom Homes future homesite, take a peek at this service at work. It’s a great way to improve our local communities, protect the environment, and donate a part of Portland history for others to enjoy.

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