Construction & Demolition

If you are a company involved in construction or demolition activities, there are many opportunities to reduce or reuse materials from projects.

Green Construction

“Green” buildings are sited, designed, constructed, and operated to enhance the well-being of their occupants and support a healthy community and natural environment. By building green, you’re making an initial investment that will pay off in energy savings and built-in efficiencies down the road. And you’ll eliminate waste that would otherwise go to Orange County landfills.

Green Building Benefits

In practical terms, green building is a whole-systems-approach to building that includes:

  • Designing for livable communities
  • Using sun to the building’s advantage for natural heating, cooling, and daylighting
  • Landscaping with native, drought-resistant plants and water-efficient practices
  • Building quality, durable structures
  • Reducing and recycling construction and demolition waste
  • Insulating well and ventilating appropriately
  • Incorporating durable, salvaged, recycled, and sustainably harvested materials
  • Using healthy products and building practices
  • Using energy-efficient and water-saving appliances, fixtures and technologies

Locating green building professionals

OC Chapter: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-OC)

USGBC-OC connects you with people, programs, and resources for green buildings. These benefits apply to commercial office buildings, single family homes, schools, hospitals, community master plans, retail stores and just about everything in between. The chapter organizes regular events, workshops, meetings, and study groups to provide numerous opportunities for education and networking. They also support the cities throughout Orange County with advocacy resources to assist with the development of incentive programs, code updates, and community development.


  • Consider whether deconstruction techniques can be used to prepare your site for renovation or construction. In some communities, deconstruction auctions are being effectively used to move building materials into the reuse market.
  • Check with local salvagers before purchasing new products. You might be surprised to find that many of them offer cabinets, doors, windows, and flooring that are in good condition for greatly reduced prices.
  • Donate the C&D materials that you are not planning to use to a local affiliate, like Habitat for Humanity.
  • Dirt, drywall, metal, concrete, glass and even lumber from these projects can and should be reused to cut down on the dense materials taking up space in our landfills.
  • If you know some items cannot be reused, be sure to recycle all that you can. Set up large recycling bins at the construction or demolition site and take materials to a nearby recycling center.

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