The construction industry is taking large strides to lessen its impact on the environment. To further these efforts, in 2006 the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) created an environmental agenda that listed seven goals, four of which relate most to materials management. Other efforts undertaken by the construction industry include the following:

• The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) facilitates building deconstruction and the reuse and recycling of recovered building materials.

• The Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA) aids its members in the appropriate methods for processing material to ensure environmental protectiveness, as well as producing a high-value product. It has developed websites to reach out to any recyclers, users of recycled materials, and regulators in order to provide a better understanding of C&D materials recycling.

• The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) issued Green Home Building Guidelines that contractors can follow to make their homes more green, including reducing, reusing, and recycling construction waste. It also puts on an annual Green Building Conference. The NAHB Research Center also pursued research in the area of C&D materials recycling, such as using the material on-site.

• The National Demolition Association (NDA) actively promotes recycling and reuse of the materials generated during a demolition.”

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency