Environmental Protection Agency Demolition Resources

Here are just a few of the many demolition specific resources from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). NDA membership offers you access to resourses from goverment agencies and can connect you to the right staff at these agencies to answer your questions. Contact Alex McIntyre, Director of Government Affairs, 202-367-2480,

US EPA Mapping Tool for Managing Debris: The "Disaster Debris Recovery Tool" can assist the demolition industry and emergency planners to identify facilities to recycle, compost, or dispose of disaster debris. Managing disaster debris is critical for communities due to the uncommonly large volumes or many types of debris after a hurricane, flood, or other disaster.

Large-Scale Residential Demolition Resource Directory: EPA webpage lists demolition best practices, technical assistance contacts and links to additional information on specific regulatory issues.

On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool: The residential demolition toolkit identifies the environmentally-sensitive activities associated with demolishing residential buildings, from pre-planning to demolition to site rehabilitation. For each activity, the toolkit provides decision-making information and bid specification language to help local government officials update their bid specification documents. The use of environmentally beneficial demolition practices can benefit neighborhood stabilization strategies and set the stage for vacant lot revitalization.

  • Illinois Municipal League article: Green Demolitions, a brief overview of EPA toolkit.

Deconstruction Rapid Assessment Tool: So many blighted structures, so little time. The Deconstruction Rapid Assessment Tool enables organizations to triage blighted buildings as candidates for deconstruction and salvage operations. A simple checklist allows rapid data collection to make informed decisions on which structures to pursue for deconstruction and salvage.

Brownfield Program Accomplishments: The Brownfields Program tracks the many accomplishments leveraged by the program’s investments in our nation’s communities.  
Targeted Assistance for Brownfields (TAB): The Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program provides technical assistance to communities and stakeholders to help address their brownfield sites, and to increase their understanding and involvement in brownfields cleanup, revitalization and reuse. The TAB Program is funded by EPA and available to all stakeholders.
Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool Report & Factsheet: Report and bid specification development tool for use by cities, counties or land banks undertaking large-scale residential demolitions. Anticipate the environmental issues and concerns so you can factor them into the planning and procurement process. Develop contract language for a bid package that instructs contractors on specific technical requirements to achieve improved environmental results in a demolition project.

Greening Vacant Lot Case Studies: Explore how greening vacant lots can contribute to environmental benefits and neighborhood revitalization in your community. Eleven case studies available online.

Opportunity Zones - White House/HUD Resources

Additional EPA Resources

  • Construction Sector Snapshot - This sector snapshot is an interactive pdf that showcases environmental and economic performance of the construction sector, as defined by U.S. Census Bureau North American Industry Classification System codes 236 (construction of buildings), 237 (heavy and civil engineering), and 238 (specialty trade contractors).
  • EPA PFAS Analytic Tool - The United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a tool that provides analytics and information on pre- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances. The interactive webpage, called the “PFAS Analytic Tools,” provides information to help the public, researchers and other stakeholders better understand potential PFAS sources in their communities. 
  • EPA Opportunity Zones website
  • Fact Sheet on IRS Regulations for OZs and BF RedevelopmentOBLR finalized this fact sheet in April 2020. It provides brownfield specifics as they related to the IRS Opportunity Zone regulations.
  • Link to newest version of the Brownfields Federal Programs Guide, which highlights Opportunity Zone connections (p. 100-102).
  • Cleanups In My Community – Map of all EPA funded BF sites overlaid with Opportunity Zones (the check box to activate this layer is at the very bottom).
  • Link to CDFA webinar focused on Opportunity Zones and Brownfields