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Applied Circular Economy: Design for Disassembly


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36 Hours




Start Dates

February 1, 2024

Registration Deadlines

January 31, 2024

About this microcredential

Design for Disassembly (DfD) is the act of planning for the repair, upgrade, adaptation, repurposing and reuse of buildings and their components. Although the life span of a building is generally longer than most products, they will end up being “disposable” if we don’t plan for their end-of-use. The generation of construction and demolition waste has enormous environmental, social and economic costs, all of which can be avoided by bringing the built environment into the circular economy. This course provides the skills to intervene at one of the most critical stages of a building’s life cycle, the design phase, to enable circularity. Case studies, industry standards and best practices will be drawn on to teach the principles of DfD. 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, Deconstruction (material recovery and working with salvage) 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:

  • Apply DfD and ‘Cradle to Cradle’ (C2C) principles and strategies to building design.
  • Identify and incorporate products that follow DfD and C2C principles, especially salvaged materials, into your future building projects.
  • Evaluate the degree to which a design meets DfD and C2C principles.
  • Interpret Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) reports and product disclosure statements to make informed product and material selections.
  • Explain the business case for DfD, including advantages of adaptable and durable buildings, to building owners and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate how common standardization in other industries can be applied in building construction to enable DfD.
  • Utilize CSA and ISO standards and industry best practices to increase the ‘deconstructability’ of buildings and infrastructure.

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 micro-credential 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.