The Construction, Renovation and Demolition (CRD) Working Group advances waste prevention and reduction in the construction and built environment sector in Canada. It is estimated that as much as a third of municipal solid waste streams is generated by CRD activities. Working collaboratively, the CRD Working Group assesses opportunities to enhance waste prevention and circular economy approaches within the industry – such as designing with end-of-life in mind; designing for disassembly (modularity), and enhancing reuse.

The National Zero Waste Council CRD Working Group is proud to work with a variety of players who are moving the region to divert more from landfill while engaging circular economy principles to minimize waste by building green and smart from the start.


Key Takeaways from the Building Deconstruction Capacity in BC Webinar

As an alternative to demolishing buildings and landfilling valuable materials, deconstruction offers many benefits including substantial waste prevention. As the interest in deconstruction grows across North America, the National Zero Waste Council has been a key convener on the subject, bringing stakeholders together to better understand the benefits and opportunities of accelerating the use of deconstruction. This infographic captures the key takeaways we heard from our panelists in our recent webinar on the subject.

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In May 2020, the NZWC in collaboration with BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment, hosted a webinar: Building Deconstruction Capacity in BC: Opportunities for a Changing Industry. The webinar attracted a large audience and polls conducted during the webinar indicated a large amount of interest from key stakeholders in accelerating the use of Deconstruction in BC and beyond.

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Initiatives to Reduce CRD Waste

This video showcases current initiatives aimed at reducing the significant amount of CRD waste generated across Metro Vancouver. Conventional demolition practices are being challenged through municipally-led policies that require recycling and salvage of material for higher and better uses beyond landfilling. Initiatives include the production of alternative fuels for cement kilns that replace greenhouse gas (GHG) intensive fuels such as coal and natural gas. To that end, landfills are redefining their business by becoming alternative fuel producers and even providing space for deconstruction contractors.

Wood Waste Reduction in Metro Vancouver