Build Reuse - General

How to Develop Deconstruction Policies

There is no such place as away: Residential deconstruction as a method for waste diversion in Canada’s built environment - Alex Velsink, Master of Natural Resources Management thesis (2024)

  • Description: "This research explores the barriers for deconstruction programs and policies for large, Canadian municipalities, how to overcome those barriers, and establishes a framework for moving forward in a municipal setting, working with the City of Edmonton for a real-world application. The results show that deconstruction has a small foothold in Canada and the US, but there are some leading-edge and developing examples. My framework builds on these and offers a path for actioning residential building deconstruction that can have a significant impact on reducing CRD waste going to landfills.
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Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) - Encouraging and Mandating Building Deconstruction

US EPA - Large-Scale Residential Demolition - Reuse and Recycling Opportunities and Demolition 

Colorado Construction, Demolition & Deconstruction Policy Toolkit (2023)

Which Buildings are “Worth” Disassembling? An Analysis of American Deconstruction Ordinances (Wyeth Augustine-Marceil, 2023)

  • Description: "Through interviews with local representatives, analysis of ordinance language, and review of city progress reports, this research explores the origins of the ordinances, the thinking that shaped them, and their eventual outcomes. This work provides a survey of American ordinances, challenges prevailing assumptions, and provides recommendations for other municipalities considering deconstruction."
  • Link: https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/113151

Ithaca CR0WD Deconstruction Local Policy Guide (2023)

Ithaca CR0WD Deconstruction Local Policy Guide (2022)

Guidebook for U.S. Municipalities to create and Implement Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse Infrastructure (2022)

C40 Knowledge Implementation Guides - How to start deconstructing and stop demolishing your city’s buildings (2021)

US Green Building Council City Salvage and Reuse Policy Brief (2019)

Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse: A Tool for Local Governments & Economic Development Practitioners (2018)

How to Develop Deconstruction Policies

There is no such place as away: Residential deconstruction as a method for waste diversion in Canada’s built environment - Alex Velsink, Master of Natural Resources Management thesis (2024)

  • Description: "This research explores the barriers for deconstruction programs and policies for large, Canadian municipalities, how to overcome those barriers, and establishes a framework for moving forward in a municipal setting, working with the City of Edmonton for a real-world application. The results show that deconstruction has a small foothold in Canada and the US, but there are some leading-edge and developing examples. My framework builds on these and offers a path for actioning residential building deconstruction that can have a significant impact on reducing CRD waste going to landfills.
  • Link:

Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) - Encouraging and Mandating Building Deconstruction

US EPA - Large-Scale Residential Demolition - Reuse and Recycling Opportunities and Demolition 

Colorado Construction, Demolition & Deconstruction Policy Toolkit (2023)

Which Buildings are “Worth” Disassembling? An Analysis of American Deconstruction Ordinances (Wyeth Augustine-Marceil, 2023)

  • Description: "Through interviews with local representatives, analysis of ordinance language, and review of city progress reports, this research explores the origins of the ordinances, the thinking that shaped them, and their eventual outcomes. This work provides a survey of American ordinances, challenges prevailing assumptions, and provides recommendations for other municipalities considering deconstruction."
  • Link: https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/113151

Ithaca CR0WD Deconstruction Local Policy Guide (2023)

Ithaca CR0WD Deconstruction Local Policy Guide (2022)

Guidebook for U.S. Municipalities to create and Implement Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse Infrastructure (2022)

C40 Knowledge Implementation Guides - How to start deconstructing and stop demolishing your city’s buildings (2021)

US Green Building Council City Salvage and Reuse Policy Brief (2019)

Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse: A Tool for Local Governments & Economic Development Practitioners (2018)