Updated: 04/15/2014 10:34 PM
Created: 04/09/2014 4:39 PM KSTP.com
By: Joe Mazan
Some people are getting a second chance to build a new life by tearing down old homes.
The Minneapolis non-profit Better Futures Minnesota takes apart and recycles homes while giving workers a new beginning. They hire homeless men or those coming out of prison. In this type of green deconstruction anything in the home that can be saved is sold or recycled.
"The method we use will achieve a recycling rate or reuse rate of about 90 percent, so only about 10 percent of these buildings will end up in a landfill," said Steve Thomas with Better Futures Minnesota.
Contractors can get a tax break for doing green deconstruction but some hope cities will start offering discounted demolition fees.