Instead of demolition, deconstruction of neighbourhood homes is a wonderful, great green idea!
And it has already happened as a pilot project in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, funded through Service Canada’s Youth Skills Link ($200,000) initiative titled “Creating a Sustainable Tomorrow (CAST) Youth Skills Link Project.”
“CAST provides a unique opportunity for “at-risk” youth to develop employability and life skills and environmental awareness, followed by supported attachment to the construction/deconstruction/renovation (CDR) labour markets or return to school.”
The youth are:
- between the ages of 15 – 30 at time of intake/selection
- unemployed or underemployed (working less than 20 hrs/week)
- are identified as a youth at-risk
- have a high standard of physical health and stamina suitable for full time work
Twenty inner-city youth at risk acquired 11 weeks of Group Based Employability Skills and confidence as well as concepts of environmental responsibility and stewardship.
This innovative green project to deconstruct homes provided the following green and social benefits for the City of Vancouver:
- “creating green jobs and
- keeping over 90 per cent of a home out of the landfill….and incinerator… salvaging, recycling and re-using home materials through deconstruction will help us meet our 2020 zero waste target
- testing deconstruction techniques, efficiencies and the reuse/resale/recycling of these housing materials
- furthering regional and provincial objectives to substantially reduce waste and carbon emissions by 2020
- advancing the proliferation of the new “green” economy
- reducing poverty in our communities by training and employing marginalized youth and adults
- generating non-profit businesses who will use profits to invest further in training and services”
The City wants to promote a deconstructive strategy.