Deconstruction Workshop

This two-day workshop covers the entire deconstruction process, from building-materials salvage, project review and bidding through the shipment of reclaimed materials from the jobsite to targeted destinations. More than an introduction, the workshop is loaded with valuable tips and information.

DAY 1 of the workshop features classroom presentations and discussions on:

  • The benefits of deconstruction vs. demolition
  • Tools and equipment
  • Layout of the jobsite
  • Sequence of work
  • Deconstruction techniques for specific materials
  • Layered-materials handling
  • Debris handling and source separation
  • Materials handling and shipping
  • Maintaining salvage values
  • In-depth review of tax-deductible donations of salvaged materials


DAY 2 of the workshop includes:

  • Visits to one or more potential deconstruction project sites, including:
    —Jobsite inspection
    —Analysis of jobsite layout
    —Identification of salvageable materials
    —How salvaged materials are removed and handled
    —Identification of materials to be recycled
    —Review of local recycling centers
    —Understanding the business of deconstruction contracting
  • Return to the classroom for final wrap-up and questions


What TRP provides:

  • Ninety-six-page instructional workbook for all participants
  • Computerized presentation with slides
  • Handouts
  • Box lunch


What the host organization provides:

  • A comfortable room with enough seating and tables to accommodate attendees
  • Whiteboard and flipcharts
  • Projection screen