Deconstruction Manuals for Construction and Demolition (C&D) Projects

Image of Chartwell School AssemblyChartwell School in Seaside, CA, supports adaptation and disassembly. It has nail-free paneling, exposed connection systems and utility raceways above lockers to simplify future upgrades.
The below manuals provide guidance on designing and deconstructing to reduce waste when dealing with C&D materials.


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  • Design for Deconstruction Manual (PDF)(48 pp, 1 MB)
    This handbook presents an overview of basic Design for Deconstruction principles, and outlines the implementation of these principles in the design of Chartwell School in Seaside, California.
  • Residential Deconstruction Manual (PDF)(14 pp, 317 K)
    In 2001, Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies, Inc. sought and received a $40,000 grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a formal program and process for deconstructing and recovering reusable construction and home improvement materials, as well as educating homeowners and the construction industry on the benefits of reuse.