Earth Advantage Institute: Sustainable Building: Deconstruction & Materials ReuseCourse Level: 200

Sustainable Building: Deconstruction & Materials Reuse

Course Level: 200         |          Course Length: 2 day


Most people qualify for a FULL SUBSIDY for this two-day workshop!*  
To register at no cost to you, contact Ryan Harper at or 503-968-7160 x25.

Date, Time and Location

  • August 1-2, 2012     |     8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    808 SW 3rd Ave., Suite 800 | Portland, OR 97204

In the Pacific Northwest, construction waste accounts for about a quarter of waste stream volume. Residential deconstruction and reuse is a practical and sustainable alternative to demolition. Approximately 85 percent of a building’s major components that typically end up in landfills during demolition can be diverted for reuse; and the overall cost of deconstruction is often comparable to, if not lower than standard demolition costs, after tax benefits are factored in. This two-day training will help you build the business case for deconstruction and reuse and will provide an overview of important elements to consider, including: hazard identification, safety, planning & logistics, and deconstruction and reuse best practices. Training materials include a tool kit with documentation to help plan and manage the deconstruction process.  Participants will receive a tour of The ReBuilding Center, one of the largest deconstruction and construction reuse organizations in the U.S., and will have the opportunity to observe the deconstruction process during a field visit.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the economic, environmental and societal case for adopting residential deconstruction and reuse practices
  • Differentiate the benefits of reuse versus recycling
  • Identify common deconstruction hazards, including asbestos, lead, mold and oil tanks; and best mitigation practices
  • Describe standard safety procedures that need to be implemented on a deconstruction job site
  • Explain the importance of planning in terms of inventorying, budgeting, developing contracts, creating a site and materials management plan, and managing permits
  • Identify all the costs associated with deconstruction to produce accurate bids
  • Describe best deconstruction practices and processes
  • Identify safe and creative reuse practices
  • Explore deconstruction services available through The ReBuilding Center


AIA: 14 learning units LU/HSW/SD (approval pending)
CCB: 14 elective hours
OR Real Estate Agency: 14 elective hours


David Heslam, Portland

Course Fee

Register at no cost to you with course subsidy!* For more info, contact Ryan Harper or call 503-968-7160 x. 25.

Regular Admission: $295