During Predesign, ensure that adequate space is planned for dedicated recycling areas, processing and holding space, and reverse distribution space in the building. Begin to draft a Material Conservation and Waste Management Plan.
At site selection, evaluate the potential for adaptive reuse of an existing structure or salvage and reuse materials from an existing structure being demolished onsite.
Ensure that products are selected and specified that have appropriate durability. Specify the use of prefabricated products, preassembled products, and/or modular building units to minimize construction waste onsite. Incorporate design for disassembly and deconstruction that addresses both partial deconstruction (for renovations) and total deconstruction (for end of life removal). Verify that recycling areas are included in plans.
As the construction documents are being developed, incorporate details and specifications that support the minimization of material use and clearly require construction waste management that meets project requirements. Include specification language mandating compliance with the pursued level of construction waste landfill diversion. Request reduced, reused, or eliminated material packaging. Develop detailing and construction recommendations that minimize material use and maximize performance of materials to support intended goals of durability, disassembly, and use of prefabricated products, preassembled products, and/or modular building units. Compile material and product documentation from the manufacturer, declaring life cycle and warranty recommendations indicating durable life cycle projections for building components. Provide specifications that require contractor submittals highlighting service life of materials installed.
During construction administration monitor submittals to ensure project construction waste diversion meets requirements. Review revisions to program to ensure consistency and compliance with goals and objectives.