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Applied Circular Economy: Deconstruction Management


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36 Hours




Start Dates

January 4, 2024

Registration Deadlines

January 3, 2024

About this microcredential

This course provides the skills to manage a building’s decommissioning (end-of-use) in a way that realizes the highest social, environmental and economic benefit. Students will learn how to create a deconstruction plan utilizing the Zero Waste hierarchy of highest and best use and circular economy principles. Regional policies and regulations for demolition and deconstruction will be explored and techniques for deconstruction and building material recovery reviewed. Completing all three courses in the series will result in a digital badge in Applied Circular Economy: Zero Waste Buildings.

Microcredentials in this series:

What will you learn?

This microcredential is the first series of courses that are part of an intended Regenerative Building Professional Certificate and Advanced Certificate. This course is stackable with the other two courses, Design for Disassembly (the principles of DfD) and Cradle to Cradle (C2C), and Construction Material Flow Analysis (understanding the industry and the path of materials through it) for students to obtain a microcredential in Building Circularity.

Upon completion of the microcredential, learners will be able to:

  • Develop a Deconstruction Plan, including material inventory, material appraisals, and logistics.
  • Compare the social, economic and environmental impacts on the community of deconstruction versus traditional demolition.
  • Describe the business case for deconstructing a building to the contractor, owner and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think circularly when managing the materials from deconstruction.
  • Determine the impact of hazardous materials on the deconstruction process and implement a hazardous waste management plan.
  • Evaluate existing buildings for the potential value of recovered materials.

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

With the adoption of Bill C-12, Canada has legally committed to its 2050 net zero carbon target. To meet its Paris Agreement commitment by 2030, every industry must cut its carbon emissions significantly. This microcredential enables the building industry to meet these obligations.

The target markets for the microcredential are the design and construction professionals and those wishing to enter the field of sustainability in the design and construction industry, “providing opportunities for learners at any stage in their career journey.” The basic knowledge for entry can be acquired through education (existing technologist-level courses in architecture and engineering) or work experience in either design or construction.