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2023 Deconstruction Training Course

The Sustainability Department is offering free deconstruction trainings from The ReUse Institute, the training division of The ReUse People of America, which has trained over 50 contractors and 500 deconstruction workers throughout the country.

Deconstruction, also referred to as salvage, is a cost-effective and environmentally responsible alternative to conventional building demolition. Deconstruction is the systematic disassembly of a building in order to recover the maximum economic and environmental value of materials through reuse and recycling. No experience is needed! Participants who graduate from the program will receive certificates and will be eligible to be listed in the company’s database of available deconstruction workers.

You must live or work in San Mateo County.


The training will be a 12-day course ranging from classroom instruction to field training, including actually deconstructing a house.

Dates: September 18 through October 3

12 Day Course Outline

Day 1 Classroom presentation on tools, safety, fixtures, and a quiz

Day 2 Learn in the field about removing fixtures (sinks, toilets, etc.)

Days 3 and 4 Classroom discussion on what was done right and wrong in the field, learn about removing framing and banding lumber and a quiz

Days 5 through Day 11 Take the house down

Day 12 Wrap up in the classroom with a test, graduation and certificates!

Register here.