Nearly 300,000 houses are demolished in the United States every year, leading to large-scale waste and missed opportunities for social impact and environmental conservation. Recognizing this, Stout & Teague has partnered with Details Deconstruction, which is part of Baltimore-based Humanim. Details is “deconstructing” the house on Stout & Teague’s development site near Huntington Metro. The Details project team is removing all usable materials from the house – from whole carpentry to lumber – and repurposing them. The materials go to Humanim’s Brick + Board store where they find new homes.
The project also provides a better future for people because it is providing jobs for skilled crew members who have faced barriers to employment. Each crew member is carefully selected and has completed a comprehensive training program. As Humanim is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, there may even be tax benefits. Because the Details team is very experienced and efficient, the Deconstruction project will only take two weeks. Rather than going to a landfill, the salvaged materials from this old house will be rescued for a new life.