Fact Sheets and Case Studies
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C&D Waste Reduction and Recycling series fact sheets developed by EPA Region 9:
- Whats in a Building? Composition Analysis of C&D Debris (PDF) (2 pp, 188K)
- Onsite Source Reduction: Cutting the Scrap (PDF) (2 pp, 208K)
- Setting Up a Jobsite Recycling Program (PDF) (2 pp, 210K)
- Deconstruction: New Opportunities for Salvage (PDF) (2 pp, 213K)
- Calculating Effectiveness: The Waste Management Plan (PDF) (2 pp, 228K)
- Reducing Waste for Building Owners (PDF) (2 pp, 129K)
- Source Reduction in Residential Remodeling: The Las Alturas Adobe (PDF) (2 pp, 86K)
- Waste Recycling Through Commingled Recovery: The Summerfield Heights Residential Development (PDF) (2 pp, 84K)
- Deconstruction on Commercial Renovation Projects: The Victoria Street Presbyterian Sanctuary (PDF) (2 pp, 56K)
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Construction and Demolition Materials at Land Revitalization Projects (PDF) (8 pp, 1.7MB) Publication Number: EPA-560-F-08-242 (April 2008)
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) produced two reports which include several deconstruction project profiles and case studies:
- A Guide to Deconstruction provides an overview of deconstruction with a focus on community development opportunities. The guide describes project profiles and case studies that show the components of deconstruction and its benefits and present ways to make it part of a community revitalization strategy.
- A Report on the Feasibility of Deconstruction provides a brief analysis of the feasibility of deconstruction. This report is based on a study of four urban communities and lessons from other local deconstruction initiatives.
Deconstruction Building Disassembly and Material Salvage: The Riverdale Case Study (PDF) (61 pp, 285K) Prepared by the National Association of Home Builder's (NAHB) Research Center, this 1997 document presents the key results from a case study of a 2000 square foot, 4-unit, residential building in an urban area in Baltimore County, Maryland. The study addresses some of the issues involved in a comparison between deconstruction and straight demolition and proposes some recommendations for the deconstruction industry.
The Building Deconstruction Consortium (BDC) offers two informative case studies:
- Reuse and Recycling of Building Materials (PDF) (25 pp, 121K) Highlights six houses that were deconstructed by the Center for Construction and Environment, University of Florida during 1999 - 2000. The goal of this project was to examine the cost-effectiveness of deconstruction and salvage when compared to traditional demolition. This research was funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Innovative Recycling Projects grant program through Alachua County, Florida. The one and two-story houses represented typical Southeastern US wood-framed residential construction from 1900 to 1950.
- Cost Analysis for Building Removal at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas (PDF) (124 pp, 818K) Conducted for the Headquarters Department of the Army, this study summarizes a cost analysis of various scenarios for removing approximately 600 World War II era temporary wood frame buildings from the grounds of Fort Chaffee.
Design for Disassembly in the Built Environment (PDF) (2 pp, 341K) summarizes a collaborative effort between EPA Region 4 and the Community Housing Resource Center to reduce waste generated from residential building design and demolition.
EPAs GreenScapes website provides a case study on the Aspen Skiing Company in Aspen, Colorado that decided to reuse building materials and create compost out of the remaining materials instead of throwing them away. The company kept 84 percent of the old buildings out of the local landfill and allowed the materials to have a second life in new buildings and compost, which makes a perfect success story.
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) provides a detailed analysis of the deconstruction of a World War II era warehouse building at The Presidio of San Francisco, CA, 1996.
Making the most of waste Dan Costello explains how to make the most of C&D waste , report from Dan Costello, formed the basis for Costello Dismantlings award-winning entry for the Environmental & Recycling Award at the 2009 Demolition Summit in Amsterdam.