About deconstruction How deconstruction works Deconstruction is the process of carefully dismantling building structure to preserve building materials in tact so they can be used again for the same purpose. For examples, deconstruction involves removing cabinets for installation in another kitchen or wood flooring that is reused as flooring in another building. Deconstruction prioritizes reuse Deconstruction prioritizes salvaging materials for reuse and then recycling what is not reusable. The process minimizes the amount of unusable and non-recyclable materials that end up in a landfill. Through deconstruction, up to 25% of the materials in a typical home can be reused and up to 70% of the materials can be recycled. Reusing and recycling building materials has many environmental and economic benefits over landfilling construction and demolition waste.