Building Material Reuse Consulting Service

Our Building Material Reuse Consulting service is a resource for builders and developers in the Portland Metro region whose projects involve removal or alteration of existing structures. By engaging with projects in the early stages of redevelopment, we help to make deconstruction and material recovery an efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional demolition.

Our Value to You 

  • We serve as a versatile resource to project teams, providing project consultation and connecting clients with the network of entities that purchase or accept used building materials for reuse 

  • We will share our expertise to familiarize clients with the deconstruction or material salvage process, answering questions and leveraging our network of industry contacts to connect clients with the resources they need to efficiently and cost-effectively meet their project goals

  • We can manage or facilitate the site clearance and materials management bid process, serving as your primary point of contact to subcontractors and material reuse entities

  • We can broker the transfer of recovered materials to reuse entities, assist clients in meeting guidelines for material donation, and secure the greatest possible return on the sale or donation of materials

  • We can work with any project scope to meet client needs

Why Deconstruct?

  • Mechanical demolition can adversely impact workers, neighborhoods, and ecosystems. Properly performed deconstruction allows for the safest and most sustainable removal of a building, which limits risk and helps builders foster a positive relationship with the communities they serve. 

  • As much as 85% of a building’s major components are salvageable for reuse— sale or tax-deductible donation of recovered materials can help to make deconstruction a cost-competitive option. 

  • ​Deconstruction helps ensure compliance in a quickly changing regulatory environment.

Coming Soon

Earth Advantage is currently developing a certification offering that broadens the scope of our engagement with the pre-construction phase of redevelopment projects, addressing the range of impacts associated with building demolition and site clearance. These include: 

  • Materials— construction and demolition debris accounts for upwards of 20% of the region’s waste stream;  we provide guidance on waste diversion and material reuse opportunities

  • Health— dispersal of hazardous material into our air, water, and soil through mechanical demolition can impact human health; we advise on dust suppression and other mitigation tactics 

  • Land— redevelopment often results in loss of green space and mature landscape features that contribute to healthy ecosystems and sequester carbon and stormwater, and can lead to erosion and degradation of soils, adversely impacting watersheds and local ecosystems; we offer guidance on addressing these impacts 

A pilot phase for this offering will begin early in 2018.

For More Information:

Contact:  Jordan Jordan   
Building Material Reuse Consultant