Course Description

This course features a panel of speakers sharing comprehensive strategies to reduce housing construction waste in the Metro Vancouver region. Builders will learn about current and upcoming waste regulations, benefits/challenges/environmental impact of cost-comparable removal solutions such as house upcycling and deconstruction, and also the responsible removal of demolition materials from residential buildings.


  • Get the latest information about the regulations surrounding housing removal and waste reduction
  • To raise awareness of alternative solutions to demolition: home recycling and deconstruction as a waste management option.
    • the benefits and challenges
    • process
    • the cost differences
    • the environmental impact 
    • builder's role and responsibilities
  • To educate on the circumstances that make the house removal options viable: 
    • Structural soundness
    • HAZMAT
    • Timeframe
    • Permitting
  • How these options can benefit affordable housing developments.
  • Responsible removal of waste with demolition

Approved for 1.5 CPDs in Business Management

Note: If you have already taken this course in person, repeating it online will not qualify for additional CPD points.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1

    • Before You Get Started

    • Agreement to HAVAN Academic Integrity Policy

    • Part 1

  • 2

    Chapter 2

    • Part 2

  • 3

    Chapter 3

    • Part 3

  • 4

    Chapter 4

    • Part 4

    • Feedback

    • Declaration of Completed Work Assignment

Metro Vancouver, City of Vancouver, Nickel Bros House Moving, Unbuilders, 505-Junk

Speakers:Maria Lo, Assistant Project Engineer, Solid Waste Planning, Metro VancouverLisa Brideau, Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of VancouverCassidy vander Ros, Nickel Bros House MovingAdam Corneil, CEO and Founder, UnbuildersScott Foran, COO and Co-Founder, 505 JunkJim Connelly, Nickel Bros House Moving