ACT-108: Deconstruction

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Architecture/Construction Tech
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces green demolition concepts. Focuses on determining how to remove a building from a site while recovering the maximum amount of material. Also emphasizes conventional construction demolition practices and alternative methods of building disassembly. Covers principles of construction, deconstruction, re-use, recycling, and current trends in architectural salvage.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Basic Principles of Demolition and Deconstruction
  2. Environmental Health and Safety
  3. Hazardous Materials
  4. Job and Site Safety
  5. Site/Environmental Impact
  6. Building Survey
  7. Material Recovery
  8. Waste Reduction
  9. Material Recycling
  10. Material Re-use
  11. Estimating and Cost Analysis
  12. The Future of Deconstruction
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Describe the process and methods used in traditional building demolition.
  • Identify potential impacts to the surrounding environment.
  • Identify Hazardous Materials found in Construction Materials.
  • Discuss and Describe Job Site Safety Considerations and applicable codes.
  • Identify potential impacts of demolition to the existing community.
  • Identify site safety issues from a building walkthrough.
  • Identify materials with recovery potential.
  • Discuss the options and opportunities for recovered material.
  • Identify materials for re-use*.
  • Analyze materials for potential re-use or recycling*.
  • Compare the cost of material re-use vs. the cost new materials*.
  • Discuss the future potential for Deconstruction.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Units Tests
  2. Assignments
  3. Case Studies
  4. Lab
  5. Final Exam

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date