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Training | Building Materials Reuse Association

The Building Material Reuse Association have just released an accredited training course on deconstruction. Both to be trained as a deconstructionist – but also as a decon teacher!

Check out the links below and see for yourself – this is a well developed comprehensive deconstruction training certificate program. Thanks BMRA!

Building Material Reuse Association Training

We now have a full detail of the training program, credential, and textbook available on the bmra.org website.

Share the flyer with your contacts, sign yourself up to take the first credential exam, or purchase a new copy of the textbook.

Deconstruction Curriculum

Deconstructor Credential

Master Trainers

2013 Pricing for Training

Training Curriculum Flyer


Training | Building Materials Reuse Association.

Building Deconstruction Workshop at Harvest Moon – Green Action Centre

Building Deconstruction Workshop at Harvest Moon

August 9-12, 2012

Subsidized registration available – sliding scale

The Harvest Moon Society is bringing in an amazing instructor from Washington state (Dave Bennink) to teach a hands-on building deconstruction workshop at the Harvest Moon Society centre. The idea is to learn advanced building deconstruction techniques that makes demolition (building waste) obsolete.

They will be deconstructing a small house in Clearwater and all of the materials will be store and then used in a building project at the Harvest Moon Learning centre the following year – all are welcome to join them in imagining and building whatever it is they’re collectively inspired to build from the reclaimed materials.

They have funding from the Waste Reduction and Prevention Program (MB Gov) and are offering a few subsidized course fees for those who want to attend but can’t afford. The full price is $600 but there are spots available on a sliding scale of $200, $300 and $400.

More information and registration here.

via Building Deconstruction Workshop at Harvest Moon – Green Action Centre.

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 rharper@earthadvantage.org 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 atrharper@earthadvantage.org or call 503-968-7160 x. 25.

Regular Admission: $295