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Presenter: Ted Reiff

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: South San Francisco, CA

Courtyard San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone: 650-871-4100

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Purposes and Benefits of Demolition and Deconstruction

   Overview of US building stock: resources or liabilities?
   Impact of building codes and standards
      • Demolition procedures
      • Effects of demolition: cost, schedule, environmental impacts
      • Deconstruction procedures
      • How deconstruction affects the budget and the schedule
      • Environmental impacts
      • Historical preservation considerations
   Analyzing feasibility of deconstruction
   Marketing deconstruction to owners, developers

Markets/Uses for Deconstructed Materials

   Evaluating deconstructed materials
   Reuse onsite
   Donating materials for reuse
   Finding markets for materials
   Recycling materials

Material-Specific Deconstruction Methods

   Roofing materials
   Doors and windows
   HVAC equipment
   Electrical equipment
   Plumbing fixtures
   Interior finishes and assemblies

Planning and Conducting a Deconstruction

   Obtaining a deconstruction survey/site assessment
   Setting waste reduction goals
   Preparing a waste management specification
      and reviewing the waste management plan
   Assessing health and environmental impacts
   Locating labor and markets
   Obtaining contracts and permits
   Monitoring the deconstruction process

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours*
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

*Does not qualify for California
accessibility requirement

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states with continuing education requirements. This seminar does not qualify for California’s mandated accessibility continuing education requirement for architects.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved architect continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This course also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity for construction contractors. Credit approval is not being sought in any state with a contractor continuing education requirement.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Ted Reiff

Ted Reiff is founder and president of The ReUse People of America, Inc. (TRP), an environmental organization that salvages used building materials and markets them in California and Mexico. TRP is a leader in the emerging field of deconstruction, which, unlike traditional demolition, involves the careful dismantling of buildings in order to preserve their reusable components.

In the 25 plus years since its founding, TRP has deconstructed over 3,000 residential, commercial and industrial buildings ranging from single family residences to military housing complexes and large-scale movie sets. TRP has diverted over 250,000 tons of materials from landfills throughout the state of California and another 150,000 from its activities in eleven other states: Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Connecticut, Arizona and North Carolina.

TRP is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with additional offices serving Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the states of Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Connecticut and North Carolina. In addition, the company recently expanded to Vancouver, British Columbia.

TRP works collaboratively with contractors, architects and designers, Habitat for Humanity, specialty wood mills, consignment stores and resellers of used building materials. TRP is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and Building Materials Reuse Association.

Early in his business career, Mr. Reiff was a retail systems consultant for an international consulting company specializing in distribution systems. Prior to founding TRP he was managing partner for an investment banking firm that provided a variety of financial services to young technology companies.

He is a forklift and OSHA construction outreach trainer and holds a life-time teaching credential from the California Community College System. He is personally responsible for the training of over 50 contractors and 500 deconstruction workers.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.