Statewide Rethinking Demolition Workshops Announced

Date: February 11, 2014

Center on Sustainable Communities, in partnership with Iowa Waste Reduction Center, has scheduled four regional construction and demolition waste reduction workshops.

Des Moines, IA (February 10, 2014) – In a joint effort to establish deconstruction and materials reuse methods as feasible options for reducing construction and demolition waste, Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) and the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa have scheduled four regional Rethinking Demolition workshops in mid-March.  Deconstruction – the systematic disassembly of buildings in order to maximize recovered materials reuse and recycling  – is emerging as an alternative to demolition around the world that provides important social, economical and environmental benefits to local communities.

Each Rethinking Demolition session will have unique speakers from the region and attendees will gain knowledge of deconstruction and materials reuse strategies, Iowa’s waste reduction resources, local case studies and regulatory responsibilities. The dates and locations of the workshops are:

·    Tuesday March 11th, Ida Grove at the Ida Grove Community Recreation Center

·    Thursday March 13th, Corning at the Corning Public Library

·    Tuesday March 18th, Keosauqua at Village Cup and Cakes

·    Thursday March 20th, Elkader at Central State Bank 

Registration for the one-day workshops is $25 for COSC members and $35 for non-members.  Lunch is included.  For more information or to register, visit or email

This course has approval pending for six (6) hours of qualified learning towards American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System’s Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) training requirements.

The Rethinking Demolition workshops and accompanying online resources are part of a joint effort between the IWRC and COSC funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Metro Waste Authority and others.

Deconstruction of buildings has several advantages over conventional demolition. The advantages include an increased diversion rate of demolition debris from landfills; potential for reclaiming old growth lumber that is no longer available in the building materials supply chain; sustainable economic development for local communities through reuse and recycling; increased ease of materials recycling; and enhanced environmental protection, both locally and globally. Deconstruction preserves the invested embodied energy of materials, thus significantly conserving energy required in the harvesting and manufacturing of new materials. 


Siobhan Spain, Interim Director
Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) / 515-707-2783

Joe Bolick, Communications and Public Relations Manager
Iowa Waste Reduction Center / 319-273-6577

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