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Analysis of the Life Cycle Impacts and Potential for Avoided Impacts Associated with Single-Family Homes (PDF) (239 pp, 5.85 MB)
EPA 530-R-13-004; July 2013
Identifies which materials, products, and services used in the construction, operation and end-of-life management of single-family homes cast the greatest environmental impacts, quantifies the life cycle environmental savings associated with example changes in the construction and operation of homes and discusses environmental justice and affordable housing issues as they pertain to the analysis.

Estimating 2003 Building-Related Construction and Demolition Materials Amounts (PDF) (60 pp, 722K)
EPA 530-R-09-002; March 2009
Provides information about the quantity of building-related C&D materials.

Characterization of Building-Related Construction and Demolition Debris in the United States (PDF) (94 pp, 1.0MB)
EPA 530-R-98-010; June 1998
Provides information about the quantity and composition of building-related C&D debris.

State C&D reports

Industrial Materials Recycling: Managing Resources for Tomorrow | PDF Version (2 pp, 1.4MB)
Fact sheet addressing the importance of recycling industrial materials, including construction and demolition debris.

BioCycle Exit EPA magazine occasionally includes publications on C&D materials

Building Deconstruction Consortium (BDC) Exit EPA resources include:

CIWMB’s Deconstruction Training Manual; Waste Management Reuse & Recycling at MatherField (PDF) (46 pp, 1.8MB) Exit EPA

Recycling Construction Materials: An Important Part of the Construction Process; Kimberly Cochran, Ph.D and Nicole Villamizar in Construction Business Owner, June 2007.

Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings (PDF) (134 pp, 3.2MB) Exit EPA
This is a report to California’s Sustainable Building Task Force, a group of more than 40 California state government agencies. Completed in October 2003, this study demonstrates that sustainable building is a cost-effective investment, and shows that it makes a good financial sense for communities across the country to “build green.”

Deconstruction: Building Disassembly and Material Salvage (PDF) (2 pp, 1.2MB)
Produced by NAHB Research Center, this brochure provides an overview of the economic and environmental benefits of deconstruction.

Deconstruction Guide for Military Installations Exit EPA

Deconstruction Institute’s A Guide to Deconstruction (PDF) (93 pp, 2.3MB) Exit EPA

Background Document for Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emission Factors for Clay Brick Reuse and Concrete Recycling (PDF) (21 pp, 775K)

Institute for Local Self-reliance (ILSR) Exit EPA, a nonprofit organization, offers titles on reuse, recycling, solid waste management, and recycling-based economic development from ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Program including:

On-Site Grinding of Residential Construction Debris: The Indiana Grinder Pilot (PDF) (55 pp, 1.5MB)
Prepared by NAHB Research Center, this 1999 report documents a pilot project conducted to determine the feasibility of onsite grinding of clean wood, drywall, and cardboard waste from new residential construction as an alternative to conventional landfilling. The report includes information on how to identify and assess the major technological, economic, and environmental factors associated with the grinding technique.

Planning for Natural Disaster Debris (PDF) (94 pp, 1.9MB) | Fact Sheet (PDF) (1 pg, 73K)
This document is an update of Planning for Disaster Debris published by EPA in 1995 (EPA530-K-95-010). It’s designed for local communities (including cities, counties, tribes, etc.) who are encouraged to create disaster debris management plans. Includes information on:

RCRA in Focus: Construction, Demolition, and Renovation (PDF) (24 pp, 1.4MB)
This report includes a chapter on C&D debris (p. 3) and on special issues in C&D debris (p. 7).

Residential C&D Waste Guide Information Links Exit EPA

Tribal Waste Journal: Construction and Demolition Materials: Concrete Reasons to Manage Them Now (PDF) (24 pp, 748K)

The ABCs of C&D Debris: Tribal Construction and Demolition Debris Management Training Course
This training guide, developed by EPA and the Tribal Association for Solid Waste and Emergency Response, presents information, ideas, and lessons on how to manage C&D debris on tribal lands. It includes sections tribal specific issues, planning and funding, waste reduction, recycling, landfill disposal, waste screening, and safety.

Waste Management and Recovery—A Field Guide for Residential Remodelers:

Selection of Methods for the Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling of Demolition Waste (PDF) (102 pp, 1.1MB) Exit EPA
Developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (Unified Facilities Criteria, #UFC-1-1900-01, December 2002), this document provides guidance for recovery and recycling of building demolition waste and assists users in determining the most feasible methods for reducing C&D materials being disposed of in landfills.

US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory produces reports on C&D materials at Army installations:

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Exit EPA produced two reports on deconstruction:

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