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The Business Case for Deconstruction

This report measures the potential value of deconstructed and salvaged materials across the whole of Metro Vancouver.

Data for the report was analyzed from a top down and bottom up approach in which Metro Vancouver’s total construction and demolition (C&D) waste was compared to a set of sample projects provided by Unbuilders. Demolition wood and concrete were the primary material focus of this report because they are the two largest material compositions in the C&D industry that influence the ability to create a demolition-deconstruction shift in Metro Vancouver.

Authors: Kinsey Elliott, Erica Locatelli and Carl Xu
Supported by: Unbuilders, BCIT and VEC

Focus Category: Green Economy
Published: July 14, 2020

Land Acknowledgement

The Vancouver Economic Commission respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Vancouver Economic Commission