It’s Real Simple.
Deconstruction is a cost-efficient, green alternative to demolition. We take buildings apart board by board, while reducing environmental waste and creating jobs. With deconstruction comes economic, environmental, and social benefits that do not exist in conventional demolition. Nearly 300,000 houses are demolished in the United States every year, leading to large-scale waste and an enormous missed opportunity for social impact and environmental conservation.
- Environmental Impact: Deconstruction diverts up to 90% of building waste from landfills by salvaging the materials for reuse, repurposing, and recycling. This makes it much more sustainable than standard demolition, and the responsible choice for preserving our environment for future generations.
- Social Impact: Deconstruction creates jobs while building a skilled workforce. For every one job that demolition creates, deconstruction creates 6 to 8. Every Details employee – many of whom have faced barriers to employment – completes a comprehensive training program that equips them with life-long skills in the construction industry. The skills training and support services our crew members receive through their employment give them the tools they need to begin again, become financially stable, and build their careers.
- Economic Growth: Our business model supports economic growth and opportunity in Baltimore City through job training and creation, as well as through urban renewal and business development. Details and its sister social enterprise Brick + Board operate within an ecosystem of corporate, government and community partners that strengthen the local economy, while creating opportunities for small and minority businesses. This ecosystem approach yields high financial and social returns by leveraging market forces to lift up local businesses and communities.