In 2017, Councilman Roberto Treviño initiated a Council Consideration request in response to demolition penalties and neighborhood concerns in San Antonio. One of the recommendations from the Council Committee was for the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) to further explore deconstruction as an alternative to traditional demolition. Deconstruction refers to the systematic disassembly of a structure in the opposite order it was constructed to maximize salvage of material for reuse.
Broad goals of this initiative include:
- Develop and sustain a local workforce in construction, heritage trades, and deconstruction
- Increase the availability of high quality and affordable salvaged materials
- Address important environmental considerations, including the reduction of carbon emissions, reduction of raw material and water consumption, reduction of airborne toxic pollutants associated with demolition, and reduction of construction waste
- Encourage neighborhood continuity and develop a local circular economy
- Achieve citywide sustainability goals as outlined in the adopted Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP)
Deconstruction and salvage is also an important component of OHP's Climate Heritage Initiative. Please use this page a resource; the tabs below will be updated throughout the process.
- Visit the San Antonio Reuse website for more information on deconstruction and the circular economy!
- February 2021: Treasure in the Walls: Reclaiming Value Through Material Reuse in San Antonio has been published! Funded through a solid waste management grant provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) via the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), this report outlines the economic and environmental costs of demolition, the impact of a deconstruction ordinance, opportunities for local workforce development, and proposes next steps for San Antonio's deconstruction policy efforts in the wake of COVID-19.
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