Statewide Rethinking Demolition Workshops Announced

Date: February 11, 2014

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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.

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 

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 [email protected]

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.

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.

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
on Sustainable Communities (COSC)
[email protected]
/ 515-707-2783

Joe Bolick, Communications and Public
Relations Manager
Waste Reduction Center
[email protected]
/ 319-273-6577

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