Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science

First Advisor

Mack Shelley


In a major disaster such as wildfire or earthquake, large numbers of buildings will be damaged. One central theme of the research is the reality of building deconstruction as a green approach for post-disaster waste management and recovery. As a green approach to demolition, the deconstruction of a building is applied by disassembling building structures and segregating the materials for reuse or recycling with the goal of increasing the amount of components to be reused or materials to be recycled and minimizing the amount of materials going to landfills.

This study of post-disaster building deconstruction begins with background and implication of building deconstruction and research questions. Chapter two is a review of scholarly and non-scholarly literature and the current practices in the deconstruction field to provide a snapshot of the emerging industry. With the research question of whether the governments of USA, PR China, and Japan are different in initiating and leading related areas under their unique political systems and political cultures, Chapter three discussed the most representative cases in each country, followed by the analysis of important factors such as political system, funding issue, and insurance systems, etc..

The green deconstruction best practice recommendations are made in Chapter four, including planning issues, techniques, and job creation. Summary and conclusions are drawn in Chapter five.


Copyright Owner

Qiaolin Huang



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103 pages