Institute for Energy Studies Speaker Series Presents: Building a Circular Economy in the Building Sector

At a building reclamation site workers carry away recyclable lumber and a fork lift carries a small building facade.

Event Details




Online: Zoom



Brought to you by:

Institute for Energy Studies, The Foundation for WWU & Alumni


Check out this video to watch the Building a Circular Economy in the Building Sector.

Dave Bennink got his start with building deconstruction and materials diversion with a WWU internship 32 years ago, and since then has consulted far and wide with towns and cities looking to develop circular economies around reclaimed building materials (44 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 12 countries). Dave will discuss his work in Bellingham with Re-Use Innovation Center and the Deconstruction Institute, and will share some estimates of the resource and energy savings impacts such work can have.

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Dave Bennink stands with a construction crew. They all wear hard hats, protective goggles, and neon green vests.

Dave Bennink, Speaker

Dave Bennink of the Building Deconstruction Institute has trained groups in 44 States/5 Provinces, helping start new sustainable businesses and diverting over 100,000,000+ pounds from landfills. He focuses on growing the circular economy, zero waste/energy movements, embodied carbon, and sustainable building. Re-Use has completed over 1500+ deconstruction projects and has worked on 5000+ projects. To keep in practice, Bennink also runs a reuse store and deconstruction contracting firm, markets reclaimed wood, and salvages and sells mature landscaping from jobsites. Voted National Deconstructor of the Year, he also has the honor of helping start over 85 circular businesses during his career.  

Accommodations and Other Details

Contact The Foundation for WWU & Alumni for this event if you have questions or need disability accommodations by calling (360) 650-3353 or emailing

Advance notice for disability accommodations and special needs is greatly appreciated. Please indicate your special needs on the registration form. There will be auto-captions available for the Zoom webinar.

Limited paid parking is available in the C lots at the south end of campus and in lots 6V and 7G at the north end of campus. Western provides comprehensive parking details—including lot locations, applicable fees, and campus map. Please note that parking in the C lot and 12A by Fairhaven College is free after 4:30pm on weekdays and all hours on weekends.

The views expressed by our speakers do not necessarily reflect those of Western Washington University.