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Deconstruction Management XCIR 7510

Applied Circular Economy Course

Course details

​This course provides the skills to manage a building's decommissioning (end-of-use) in a way that realizes the highest social, environmental and economic benefit. Students will learn how to create a deconstruction plan utilizing the Zero Waste hierarchy of highest and best use and circular economy principles. Regional policies and regulations for demolition and deconstruction will be explored and techniques for deconstruction and building material recovery reviewed. This course complements the Design for Disassembly and Construction Material Flow Analysis courses.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of XCIR 7510 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 49488


Fri Sep 08 - Fri Sep 29 (4 weeks)

  • 4 weeks
  • CRN 49488
  • $651.88
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 08 - Sep 29 Fri 13:00 - 17:00 Burnaby NE22 Rm. 104
Sep 09 - Sep 23 Sat 09:00 - 15:30 Burnaby SW01 Rm. 1025

Erick Serpas Ventura

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Student must have prior experience with construction terminology and reading building drawings. Sessions will be conducted on-campus, with live, participatory broadcasts of classes – students may participate online remotely. Student must have prior experience with construction terminology and reading building drawings. Course may also be eligible for WorkBC grant. Contact for more information. This program is part of a training initiative to provide workers with new skills needed to support a clean economy. It is temporarily being fully funded for Canadian citizens and permanent residents by Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) and the Government of Canada. Please contact Alyxces Igot for more information and to register. Note that spaces are limited and are made available on a “first qualified, first accepted” basis.

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop a Deconstruction Plan including material inventory, material appraisals, and logistics.
  • Compare the social, economic and environmental impacts on the community of deconstruction versus traditional demolition.
  • Describe the business case for deconstructing a building to the contractor, owner and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think circularly when managing the materials that come from deconstruction.
  • Determine the impact of hazardous materials on the deconstruction process and implement a hazardous waste management plan.
  • Evaluate existing buildings for the potential value of recovered materials.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2022

Related Programs

Deconstruction Management (XCIR 7510) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Applied Circular Economy: Zero Waste Buildings
    Microcredential Part-time


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