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Accreditation for Deconstruction Contractors

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Build Reuse is empowering communities to turn construction and demolition waste into local resources. we look to build on our history of education and training as we work towards a new vision in which our building industry can transform our communities.

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Accreditation for Deconstruction Contractors

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 B U I L D R E U S E A C C R E D I T A T I O N F O R D E C O N S T R U C T I O N C O N T R A C T O R S
  2. 2. Introduction 3.................................................................................................... Who we are 3............................................................................................................. Our Vision 3................................................................................................................ Building to Accreditation 4........................................................................................... Future of Accreditation 5.............................................................................................. Benefits to the Public 6................................................................................................. Benefits to Local Governments 7................................................................................... How Accreditation Works 8.......................................................................................... Obtaining Accreditation 11................................................................................ Basic Accreditation Requirements 11............................................................................. Industry Leader Accreditation Requirements 12.............................................................. Cost of Accreditation 13............................................................................................... Resources 13.....................................................................................................
  3. 3. I N T R O D U C T I O N W H O W E A R E Build Reuse is a non-profit organization empowering communities to turn construction and demolition waste into local resources. For 25 years we have worked to promote deconstruction and reuse with members across the country doing great things. With the Build Reuse Accreditation for Deconstruction contractors, we look to build on our history of education and training as we work towards a new vision in which our building industry can transform our communities. O U R V I S I O N “ T O T R A N S F O R M O U R C O M M U N I T I E S B Y C R E A T I N G A B U I L D I N G I N D U S T R Y I N W H I C H U S E D A N D E X C E S S M A T E R I A L S B E C O M E A N A S S E T T O O U R C O M M U N I T I E S A N D W A S T E I S N O L O N G E R A C C E P T A B L E . ” 

  4. 4. B U I L D I N G T O A C C R E D I T A T I O N In 2010, Build Reuse, then known as the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA), started working with leading practitioners to develop a curriculum for deconstruction. Stage one of that development was to establish core competencies, from which a textbook and standardized training resources could be developed. That Fall, with funding from Seattle Public Utilities, a set of ten core competencies were developed by Bob Falk of the Forest Products Lab. With the support of two grants from Iowa Central Community college in 2011, work begin to create what is now a 300 plus page textbook on deconstruction. In addition, developers contributed learning objectives, lesson content, study questions, assignments and achievement assessments. Build Reuse continued this work in 2012 with the Kansas City, MO, based Metropolitan Community College’s Workforce Development Group. Upgrading the curriculum and developing full classroom and demonstration lab resources allowed Build Reuse to offer two complete courses for deconstruction training, with full presentation files, student exercises, and practical lessons to be completed on a live deconstruction site. This effort produced a written and practical exam that became the backbone of the Deconstructor Credential. Since that time, Build Reuse has supported a number of grant writing efforts to facilitate funding for hosting the curriculum. Over the years trainers for Build Reuse have conducted workforce development and deconstruction for contractor courses around the country. In addition, many other colleges, trades programs, deconstruction contractors, workforce programs and others have offered their own trainings. One of the original goals was to build a credential that would be recognized across the industry. What we have found is that we created barriers within the credential that made adoption by the industry difficult. With the accreditation program we are seeking to remove those barriers and improve upon the original ideas of the deconstructor credential.
  5. 5. F U T U R E O F A C C R E D I T A T I O N The accreditation for deconstruction contractors is just the first of several programs. Build Reuse understands there is a large part of our membership and industry in which this program, as explained in this document, will not include. There are Reuse Retail operations, Non-structural salvage operations, architects, city planners, managers and more, all of which can and do benefit from events and courses related to deconstruction and reuse. Moving forward, Build Reuse would like to offer accreditation to Reuse Retail Businesses as well as the Non-structural Salvage Programs. Build Reuse will work diligently to build requirements as well as courses within a continuing education program to help push those programs forward. For architects, remodelers, city planners and others who overlap with our industry, Build Reuse hopes to work with their professional organizations to offer approved courses on deconstruction, salvage and the reuse economy. We also hope to have all of these groups represented in Build Reuse and through our events. Build Reuse cannot create a circular economy on its own, it takes awareness, effort and training from everyone along the path. For those that wish to stay connected and learn more about the future programs as they are developed follow our social media, sign up for our newsletter and join us at our events. Visit buildreuse.org to learn more.
  6. 6. B E N E F I T S T O T H E P U B L I C If you had a house that needed to be removed, what would you do? Where would you start? Would you need to address hazards within the house? Disconnect utilities? Is there anything that could be salvaged? Who would take those materials? What permits would you need? How long would it take? A lot of questions arise on such a big project and you might just find yourself comparing bids, while not really knowing how one differs from the other. No mater the industry, not all contractors are the same. Build Reuse maintains a list of Accredited Deconstruction Contractors whom we can assure, have the combined experience and training necessary to take on a deconstruction project from start to finish. Accredited contractors will understand how to: • Assess projects for salvage potential • Identify hazards which may require professional abatement • Remove the structure safely • Manage materials for their highest and best use • Create diversion reports and salvage inventories as needed for tax purposes, local ordinances or green building certifications. • and much more By choosing an accredited contractor you can help invest in your community through reuse, and turn what would be waste into local resources. You can learn more about the environmental, social, and economic benefits of building material reuse by visiting buildreuse.org.

  7. 7. B E N E F I T S T O L O C A L G O V E R N M E N T S Communities are taking the lead when it comes to our environment, setting goals that outpace what the nation as a whole is trying to accomplish. Build Reuse believes that reuse of building materials must be included as a key component to these sustainability goals. It is also our belief that reuse is most impactful when implemented locally. Build Reuse’s Accreditation Program is one tool that can help communities navigate the shift from the present linear economic models to more sustainable circular economies. The accreditation program helps community leaders: • Identify approved deconstruction trainers nationally • Identify local accredited contractors • Point to accepted industry standards in policies • Assist contractors seeking accreditation • Train, grow and connect local reuse networks In addition to our accreditation program Build Reuse actively seeks to work with communities around the nation that wish to transform their community by creating a building industry in which used and excess materials become an asset and waste is no longer acceptable. Come see what other communities are doing, connect and share ideas at buildreuse.org.

  8. 8. H O W A C C R E D I T A T I O N W O R K S Build Reuse recognizes that there are great trainers around the country and our focus, moving forward, will be on defining the standards and not doing the training ourselves. As we shift away from doing trainings we are accepting applications from trainers that wish to have their courses approved by Build Reuse. Build Reuse will maintain a list of approved trainers and courses on our website. Individuals who successfully complete an approved course will be recognized by Build Reuse. This helps students promote their skills when searching for jobs and gives employers the confidence that the person they are hiring has quality training. For the Build Reuse Accreditation for Deconstruction Contractors, one particular course will be very important. The course, “Deconstruction for Contractors.” This course is designed to teach deconstruction, demolition, abatement or general contractors how to run a deconstruction program. This course will be required for any contractor lacking more than three years of full deconstruction experience as defined in the accreditation requirements. With the course completed or equivalent deconstruction experience, contractors can apply to Build Reuse for accreditation. Staff or volunteers for Build Reuse will collect the applications, review them for any omissions and work with contractors to fill in the missing pieces. Once complete, applications will be sent to the Build Reuse Accreditation Committee for final review and approval. This review will happen approximately once per month or in the case of a large number of applicants, as needed. Accredited businesses will be allowed to use a special Build Reuse accreditation logo on their websites and marketing material. Build Reuse will also provide proof of accreditation to contractors in order to satisfy the needs of clients, governing bodies, or possible funding partners. To maintain accreditation contractors will need to continue their education and training. Build Reuse will be launching a continuing education program to satisfy this requirement in 2020.
  9. 9. In addition to CEU's, Build Reuse will require the completion of a shorter application every two years to maintain accreditation. This will be used to report CEU hours and verify there have been no changes to staffing, safety, licensure, or certifications that would impact a company’s accreditation. Build Reuse reserves the right to review the accreditation for any company at any time during or after the application and approval process.
  10. 10. As the industry changes over time Build Reuse may need to change the requirements for accreditation. In this situation, once the change has been announced, those seeking initial accreditation at that time will have to meet the new requirements. Those currently accredited will switch to the new requirements upon their next review. For those set to renew in the months immediately after a change we will allow for a six-month grace period.
  11. 11. O B T A I N I N G A C C R E D I T A T I O N Build Reuse is here to help contractors become accredited. If for some reason your business doesn’t initially meet our requirements we will work with you and do our best to support you in meeting our standards. As our network of accredited contractors grows the level of trust and support of our industry will grow. We need that growth and strength as well a diverse group of contractors to help drive innovation within the industry. After reviewing the requirements below to see if your business is ready for accreditation, the application for accreditation can be completed online. Contractors should visit: https:// buildreuse.org/accreditation. For ease of use, applications can be started and saved. Although the ability to upload files is built into the application, due to size restrictions we may have to request some documents to be emailed. Once you have submitted your application a Build Reuse staff member or volunteer will reach out to collect any other necessary documents. If you have an employee that is currently running workforce trainings or seeking to do so, at the end of the application you will have the ability to have them submit a Build Reuse Trainer application. It is important to note, that being accredited does not guarantee approval will be given as a trainer. The two applications are separate and have their own review processes and requirements. For those interested in training please take a look at the Build Reuse Trainers Guide. B A S I C A C C R E D I T A T I O N R E Q U I R E M E N T S For the Build Reuse Basic Accreditation. In addition to references, clean safety records, evidence of a materials management plan, solid leadership and staffing businesses must: • Comply with licensure requirements within their jurisdiction • Conduct regular CPR/AED/First-aid training for staff • Have a least one individual on staff that has passed the Build Reuse Written Deconstruction for Contractors Exam • Have experience and education that meets ONE of the following: - 3 years-experience as abatement, construction or demolition contractor + Build Reuse Deconstruction for Contractors course - 3 years full deconstruction experience. Defined here as structural deconstruction of buildings greater than 600 square feet. Must average 3 structures per year or have completed over 6,000 square feet over the three years.
  12. 12. In addition to our basic accreditation, Build Reuse would like to highlight the best of our industry and have chosen to do so through a higher level of accreditation. These businesses will be awarded our Industry Leader Accreditation. I N D U S T R Y L E A D E R A C C R E D I T A T I O N R E Q U I R E M E N T S This is for businesses that are dedicated to deconstruction and material salvage. We will highlight these businesses on our website and encourage all full-time deconstruction contractors to seek this designation. The application process for Industry Leaders is the same as the basic accreditation. During review, if you qualify for Industry Leader we will let you know. In your approval packet you will receive a special Industry Leader Logo to use with marketing your business. In addition to great references, great history, businesses should be built on good management/leadership and must meet the following criteria in addition to the basic accreditation: • Must maintain membership with Build Reuse at the Reuse Business level or higher • 5 + years full deconstruction experience (Construction, abatement or demolition work does not qualify) • Should complete an average of 8 houses per year OR average square ft per year should exceed 15,000 • Minimum EPA RRP certified for all supervisors • Minimum Asbestos awareness course for all supervisors • OSHA 30 for supervisory positions • OSHA 10 for field staff 

  13. 13. C O S T O F A C C R E D I T A T I O N Build Reuse doesn’t wish for finances to be a barrier for accreditation. Our hope is that everyone who ever gains accreditation will also see benefit in becoming a member or supporter of our organization. We will not require a Build Reuse membership for our basic accreditation, however, members will receive discounts as a benefit of their added support. For anyone wishing to obtain our Industry Leader Accreditation you must be a member at the Build Reuse Business level or higher. Initial and Bi-Annual Application Fees
 Non-members: $300.00
 Member (Reuse business or higher): $150.00 These fees will be invoiced at the completion of your application and will need to be paid prior to your application being sent to committee for final approval. Renewals will happen every two years with an application that focuses on reporting the work you have done and training completed through our CEU program. R E S O U R C E S Applications for accreditation along with lists of approved trainers, accredited contractors and training resources such as our Introduction to Deconstruction textbook can be found at buildreuse.org/accreditation. If you need further help please contact us: info@buildreuse.org
 773.340.2672
 PO BOX 28
 Great Cranberry Isle, ME 04625

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