Effective October 31, any one or two-family home that was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource cannot be demolished by the typical bulldozer process, but must be manually deconstructed and salvaged.
In response to the demolition epidemic sweeping across Portland, the City convened a Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG) to recommend a new policy for managed deconstruction. The goal was to create an incentive to reuse materials from historic homes and reduce the environmental impact of the tons of waste entering the landfill. Restore Oregon participated in DAG and played a leading role in the development of the new deconstruction policy. Read more here!