Why Deconstruction?

Building a Profitable Regenerative Economy Together

While the demolition of commercial buildings is typical, it isn’t always the optimal financial strategy. Why should building materials be destroyed when they can provide a significant financial benefit to the project, while providing benefits to the community and the planet? More and more commercial developers and commercial property owners are choosing building deconstruction and salvage from both a cost-benefit perspective, as well as the impact it can have on the environment. Deconstruction has a triple bottom line impact: profit, people, and the planet.

Who Can Benefit?
Commercial Property Owners
Mixed Use Hotel, Motel, & Restaurant Owners
Commercial Real Estate Agents


Significant Financial Returns for Commercial Clients

The main goal of any company is to increase profitability and to remain sustainable throughout time. Any decision made by an organization needs to be in line with improving the ROI and financial viability of the projects. For most commercial clients, demolition produces a costly liability, while deconstruction provides significant tax benefits offsetting that liability. In the end, property owners and developers are paying less and improving the Net Present Value of the project, making the decision rather straightforward.


Eco-Minded Companies Thrive In Today’s Economy

In today’s global market, competition is fierce. Commercial organizations that are focused on reducing their environmental impact are considered leaders in their industry. More and more, today’s consumers are concerned with long-term ecological sustainability and will choose businesses inline with their ideals. By choosing deconstruction, you are gaining the trust of a whole generation of potential customers.


Create Job Training Opportunities

The process of deconstruction involves the intentional dismantling and salvaging of building materials. Many deconstruction crews utilize the labor of individuals looking to gain experience in the construction industry. When commercial developers and property owners choose deconstruction, they empower entry-level workers with the opportunity to obtain the knowledge they need to better themselves and support their families.

What Does the Process Look Like?

Green Donation Consultants has worked with countless commercial clients navigating them through the entire process.

The first step is to choose an approved and qualified 501 (C) 3 charity that accepts building materials that will result from deconstruction. We can assist you in locating an appropriate charity, or you can choose one from the list provided on the official IRS website.

Once you have chosen a non-profit, the commercial property will be deconstructed by a team of contractors. Typically the non-profit will have their own deconstruction team or will be able to arrange a crew of workers to deconstruct the property.

After the deconstruction is complete, it provides an opportunity to leverage a more financially efficient process, leading to an incrementally higher IRR (Internal Rate of Return) and NPV (Net Present Value). The IRS requires an appraisal to be made by a Qualified Appraiser for any donation with a fair market value of over $5,000. Based upon the size of the project, and the scope of work, commercial properties tend to have larger donation values. It is crucial to retain the services of experienced appraisers familiar with used building materials and accustomed to dealing with large, high value projects.