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Building Deconstruction Capacity in BC

Opportunities for a Changing Industry

Presented by The National Zero Waste Council in collaboration with BCIT
May 19, 2020 - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Deconstruction is an emerging practice that presents new opportunities within a carbon neutral, circular economy. Rather than demolishing and landfilling the materials from old buildings, deconstruction involves reclaiming wood and other valuable materials for reuse and recycling. The significant benefits of deconstruction- including many new jobs, a source of valuable building materials, and reduced waste- are increasingly being realized across North America.

During this webinar you will hear from industry leaders within the deconstruction and demolition sectors from BC and elsewhere. You will hear about the skills required for deconstruction as well as the challenges faced by businesses who recognize the economic and other benefits associated with deconstruction. This webinar will examine how the transition towards deconstruction can be accelerated:

  • What are the barriers for deconstruction activities and businesses?
  • What role can municipalities play?
  • How will industry be changed?
  • What type of training requirements will be needed?


  • Lisa Brideau, City of Vancouver
  • Adam Corneil, Unbuilders
  • Shawn Wood, City of Portland
  • Patrick Fleck, Fleck Contracting

If you have any questions about this webinar, please contact Rita Farkas.


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