What is deconstruction and how does it relate to C&D materials reuse and recycling?

Deconstruction is a technique practitioners are using to salvage valuable building materials, reduce the amount of waste they send to landfills, and mitigate other environmental impacts. It is the disassembly of a building and the recovery, through reuse and recycling, of its materials, often thought of as construction in reverse.


  • Guide to Deconstruction PDF
    Published by the Deconstruction Institute, this guide was written to be used as a resource for training on deconstruction. It includes an overview of deconstruction, safety information, checklists, sample forms, and much more.
  • Basic Tools for Deconstruction Word Document
  • Deconstruction Training Manual PDF
    This document, produced by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in 2001, discusses some of the basics of deconstruction.
  • A Guide to Deconstruction
    Produced by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2000, this document discusses what deconstruction is, how it is practiced, and presents case studies.
  • Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA)
    Contains a searchable directory of members, including many deconstruction contractors, reuse stores, and online materials exchange websites. The BMRA is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to facilitate building deconstruction and the reuse/recycling of recovered building materials.
  • Deconstruction Institute
    Publishes information, case studies, and photos of deconstruction projects. Also contains a benefit calculator for deconstruction projects.
  • National Demolition Association (NDA)
    The NDA's website, under "Find A Product," lists buyers of various C&D materials. The NDA is a non-profit trade organization representing more than 1,000 U.S. and Canadian companies which offer standard demolition services, as well as a full range of demolition-related services and products. Its educational efforts help members stay abreast of regulatory and safety matters and keep regulators informed about issues facing their industry. In addition the NDA is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the industry, as well as providing members with information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services.