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Fact Sheets and Case Studies

Fact Sheets | Case Studies

Fact Sheets

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C&D Waste Reduction and Recycling series fact sheets developed by EPA Region 9:

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)

From Roofs to Roads...Recycling Asphalt Roofing Shingles into Paving Materials (PDF) (2 pp, 433K)

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Case Studies

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Exit EPA produced two reports which include several deconstruction project profiles and case studies:

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) Exit EPA offers two informative case studies:

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.

EPA’s 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 Exit EPA at The Presidio of San Francisco, CA, 1996.

Deconstruction of World War II era buildings at Fort Ord, CA Exit EPA

Making the most of waste – Dan Costello explains how to make the most of C&D waste Exit EPA, report from Dan Costello, formed the basis for Costello Dismantling’s award-winning entry for the Environmental & Recycling Award at the 2009 Demolition Summit in Amsterdam.

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