Build Reuse - General

General Guides

From the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Sustainable Built Environment program, the Building Sector System Map created by stakeholders representing nearly every part of the system. Created in 2019.

Delta Institute - Toolkit for Using Storywood

Description: "In short, this toolkit provides designers with the information and tools needed to navigate the universe of wood products and find the unique and sustainable material that will meaningfully resonate with their vision for a finished design."


CLF Boston/New England Reuse Roadmap - Manual / Resource (2022)

Description: Developed by the CLF Boston/New England chapter's Reuse Subcommittee, this roadmap serves as a guide for stakeholders across the built environment who are interested in reducing their carbon impact by implementing deconstruction, salvage, and material reuse into their projects.

Boston Deconstruction and Material Reuse Roadmap (2022)
Description: Executive summary; overview of Boston's current reuse market; reuse strategies for designers, contractors, policy makers, and owners and developers; project support and innovative groups; roadmap; and conclusion.

Google's Accelerating the Circular Economy Through Commercial Deconstruction and Reuse Report (2019)

Description: "This paper provides an initial exploration into the importance of deconstructing commercial buildings (frequently referred to herein as “commercial deconstruction”) and reuse of building materials for an increasingly circular built environment. It was developed based on insights from over 25 interviews with leading deconstruction and reuse experts, primarily in the US and Europe. The research for this paper was supported by Google and undertaken by Building Product Ecosystems, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Google, and Ackerstein Sustainability in 2019."

Recycling Works Massachusetts - Business and Institutional Furniture and Office Equipment Reuse Guidance (2018)

Description: Benefits of reuse, how to develop a reuse plan, potential reuse outlets, state facilities, end of life recycling and disposal considerations, procurement of reused items, resources.

MPCA Building Material (Natural Resource) Management Plan (2022) 

Building Material Management Plan Template overview

1. Building Material Management Plan Material Management Goals

2. MPCA Building Material Management Plan Template/Tool

3.1 Building Material Management Plan Roll Off Estimate

3.2 Building Material Management Plan Reference Conversion Table

3.3 Building Material Management Plan Reference Definitions

To receive the Excel Spreadsheet version of this tool, or if you have questions on how to use this tool, Email MPCA Sustainable Built Environment staff.

MPCA Building Material (Natural Resource) Management Plan Instructions
Description: This plan was created by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as a tool for cities, counties, university systems, private companies and others who want to implement a building material management tracking system. There are no Minnesota state requirements connected to this Building Material Management Plan. Because the initial request for this tool came from Minnesota cities and counties, all future references of "implementing entity" will be stated with "City/County". Questions on how to use this document? Email MPCA Sustainable Built Environment staff.

MPCA Deconstruction "Request For Proposal Template" (2023)

Description: This template was created for Minnesota cities, counties, tribal organizations, businesses, and organizations to facilitate the Request for Proposal process for more sustainable building removal opportunities: partial or full deconstruction of a building or structure. It has been successfully used by Sherburne County, MN. 

WLSSD_ReuseGuidanceDoc_2017_final.pdf (15.06 MB)

Description: This document is intended to provide insight that might be useful when launching or modifying a reuse program that handles items of a quality that may not meet a standard to be managed through traditional reuse/resale locations. Each region and facility will have unique situations and goals. Use the information as is or adapt as needed.

General Guides

From the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Sustainable Built Environment program, the Building Sector System Map created by stakeholders representing nearly every part of the system. Created in 2019.

Delta Institute - Toolkit for Using Storywood

Description: "In short, this toolkit provides designers with the information and tools needed to navigate the universe of wood products and find the unique and sustainable material that will meaningfully resonate with their vision for a finished design."


CLF Boston/New England Reuse Roadmap - Manual / Resource (2022)

Description: Developed by the CLF Boston/New England chapter's Reuse Subcommittee, this roadmap serves as a guide for stakeholders across the built environment who are interested in reducing their carbon impact by implementing deconstruction, salvage, and material reuse into their projects.

Boston Deconstruction and Material Reuse Roadmap (2022)
Description: Executive summary; overview of Boston's current reuse market; reuse strategies for designers, contractors, policy makers, and owners and developers; project support and innovative groups; roadmap; and conclusion.

Google's Accelerating the Circular Economy Through Commercial Deconstruction and Reuse Report (2019)

Description: "This paper provides an initial exploration into the importance of deconstructing commercial buildings (frequently referred to herein as “commercial deconstruction”) and reuse of building materials for an increasingly circular built environment. It was developed based on insights from over 25 interviews with leading deconstruction and reuse experts, primarily in the US and Europe. The research for this paper was supported by Google and undertaken by Building Product Ecosystems, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Google, and Ackerstein Sustainability in 2019."

Recycling Works Massachusetts - Business and Institutional Furniture and Office Equipment Reuse Guidance (2018)

Description: Benefits of reuse, how to develop a reuse plan, potential reuse outlets, state facilities, end of life recycling and disposal considerations, procurement of reused items, resources.

MPCA Building Material (Natural Resource) Management Plan (2022) 

Building Material Management Plan Template overview

1. Building Material Management Plan Material Management Goals

2. MPCA Building Material Management Plan Template/Tool

3.1 Building Material Management Plan Roll Off Estimate

3.2 Building Material Management Plan Reference Conversion Table

3.3 Building Material Management Plan Reference Definitions

To receive the Excel Spreadsheet version of this tool, or if you have questions on how to use this tool, Email MPCA Sustainable Built Environment staff.

MPCA Building Material (Natural Resource) Management Plan Instructions
Description: This plan was created by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as a tool for cities, counties, university systems, private companies and others who want to implement a building material management tracking system. There are no Minnesota state requirements connected to this Building Material Management Plan. Because the initial request for this tool came from Minnesota cities and counties, all future references of "implementing entity" will be stated with "City/County". Questions on how to use this document? Email MPCA Sustainable Built Environment staff.

MPCA Deconstruction "Request For Proposal Template" (2023)

Description: This template was created for Minnesota cities, counties, tribal organizations, businesses, and organizations to facilitate the Request for Proposal process for more sustainable building removal opportunities: partial or full deconstruction of a building or structure. It has been successfully used by Sherburne County, MN. 

WLSSD_ReuseGuidanceDoc_2017_final.pdf (15.06 MB)

Description: This document is intended to provide insight that might be useful when launching or modifying a reuse program that handles items of a quality that may not meet a standard to be managed through traditional reuse/resale locations. Each region and facility will have unique situations and goals. Use the information as is or adapt as needed.