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City of Portland, ReBuilding Center partner to provide donated building materials to low-income property owners

“From Excess to Access” program offers construction materials to help property owners meet building codes.

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Deconstruction Ordinance Expansion

Portland’s existing deconstruction ordinance is expanding. Effective on and after January 20, 2020 permit applications for demolition of a house or duplex built in 1940 or earlier will be required to deconstruct using a Certified Deconstruction Contractor.

Updated Public notice


Portlanders show their support for deconstructing – rather than demolishing – older buildings

City Council hears testimony overwhelmingly in favor of requiring “younger” buildings to be subject to deconstruction ordinance

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Proposed amendment to deconstruction ordinance would increase deconstruction projects

City Council to consider raising the “year-built threshold” from 1916 to 1940; public comments welcome.

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Deconstruction Contractor Spotlight: Lovett Deconstruction

Lovett Deconstruction was established to help diminish the industry practice of tearing up quality building materials and throwing them away.

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Deconstruction Contractor Spotlight: The ReBuilding Center

The Rebuilding Center exists to discover and re-claim value in people, materials, and communities that been overlooked or discarded by society.

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Portland City Council adopts new deconstruction ordinance to save quality, historic materials

Deconstruction instead of demolition: Disassembling Portland’s oldest and most historic houses and duplexes will protect public health and save valuable materials for reuse.

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