Construction Resource Initiatives Council

Construction Resource Initiatives Council

The Construction Resource Initiatives Council is a non-profit building industry professionals led organization intended to serve those involved in the selection, specification, purchasing and handling of resources to maximize natural resources and minimize waste. The approach is an integrated one, focused on education for industry transformation and towards its.

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Business Type:
Nonprofit organization (NPO)
Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:

The Construction Resource Initiatives Council is a non-profit, non-partisan building industry led organization, including building owners, developers, managers, contractors, architects, designers, product manufacturers, waste haulers, governments, educators and other environmental stewards.

The Mission: Supporting, developing and implementing initiatives, moving the building industry towards a Zero Waste vision

The Focus: Construction , renovation and demolition resource respect, reduction, reusing, recycling and recovery; ensuring zero CRD waste to landfill by 2030

The Approach: Integration of allies and stakeholders starting in 2011 to launch Mission 2030; leading with inspiration in 2012 and ensuring constructive actions in 2013

The Need for Change

We acknowledge that buildings, their infrastructure, operations and maintenance represent the most significant human contribution to environmental degradation. To continue building and demolishing these structures as though the supplies of resources, room for waste disposal and the planet’s ability to absorb toxins are all limitless, threatens our environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Increasing Awareness

We will work to increase public awareness of this issue, support existing industry campaigns, encourage and create new collaborative educational programs between and for the public and private sectors to increase environmental literacy and motivate all levels of governments, businesses and individuals to rise to the challenges.

Integrated Process

By adopting an integrated process for the whole of the IC&I sector, the Construction Resource Initiatives Council aims to increase a cooperative approach to deal with this growing issue, in a balanced economical, social and environmental manner.


We are committed to supporting the development of green building codes, standards, guidelines and tools aimed at reducing the negative life cycle impacts, focusing on those associated from wasted resources, seeking first and foremost reliable measurable and verifiable results.

Support for Regulation

Respecting and ensuring the implementation and enforcement of existing regulations is vital to the success of achieving any other goals and objectives. Therefore, we will give our full support to those already working in this field. We will be vocal supporters of official efforts to reduce waste and improve sustainability.


We will advocate for improved support to recyclers and waste reduction infrastructure in a pragmatic manner, and oppose the creation of new landfills or landfill expansions.

Sustainable Design

We will encourage design strategies that utilize sustainable principles, proven best practices, such as design for durability, disassembly and deconstruction in order to reduce dependence on virgin resources, reuse salvageable components and recycle existing materials.

Zero Waste

Inspiring research and development that results in innovation towards our vision of zero waste.

While some may believe that Construction and Demolition waste is mainly the responsibility of the contractors and waste mangers alone, too many ignore the fact that we are all responsible. Every choice we make in regards to building materials, buildings as a whole, delivery process an operations and maintenance will have an impacts on our social, economical and environmental systems. The difficulties of course lie not only with the mindset, but also with current established system which is incredibly fragmented and complex.

Therefore, the CRI efforts have from its earliest research, and continue to use a widely inclusive and integrated approach, applying the most basic fundamentals of already well established principles:

  • Sustainability: As it was used by the Brundtland Commission (formally the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED): “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, striving for social, economical and environmental balance.
  • 3R’s before during and after construction or demolition
  1. Reduce – demand on virgin resources
  2. Reuse – reducing negative environmental impact, and preserving history
  3. Recycle – favoring up-cycling and closed-loop applications

And, in order to facilitate the application of the above principles, our integrated approach will also include the following important “R’s”, all essential to either start or accomplish our mission

  • Respect
  • Rethink
  • Recovery

The creation of a task group

Recycling initiatives in the National Capital Region date back to 2007, and while some information has been communicated through local organizations and related presentations (i.e.: Comparing Integrated Interior Partitions, The Greenwashing Monster, Walking the Talk, etc.) , the group’s first first focused presentation on occurred on May 26, 2009, at the office of Capital Office Interiors in Ottawa, on the subject of drywall recycling in the National Capital Region, by:

Special guest to speak on the process of drywall recycling was Richard Marsh of New West Gypsum Recycling.

Following this, professional stewards of the local building industry rose to the challenge of assisting in the research, the preparation of this position paper, industry education, and Construction Waste Management conference, both part of an urgent call to action.

  • Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario Eastern Ontario Chapter: Ann Callaghan, ARIDO, LEED A.P., CLWG
  • Carleton University Graduates – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: Michael Beaudoin, Sean Kerwin, Greg Sabourin
  • Minto Communities Inc.: Serge Desjardins
  • Morrison Hershfield Inc.: Mark Lucuik, P.Eng., LEED A.P
  • Ottawa Region Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council: Lori Gadzala, LEED A.P., Executive Director & Mark Gray Architect, LEED A.P., Director
  • Ottawa Chapter of Construction Specifications Canada: Chris Lance, Construction Administration Specification Consulting
  • Ottawa Regional Society of Architects: Deirdre Ellis Architect, LEED A.P., CSV Architects
  • Walls & Ceiling Contractors Association Ottawa Chapter: Marc Desormeaux, MM Interiors

The consortium, called itself the “Construction Recycling Initiatives (CRI) Task Group’’.

The CRI task group was also supported by many other individuals including:

  • Isabelle Bradbury Architecte, LEED A.P.
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA): Dwayne Torrey and Vince Catalli
  • Carleton University – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: Prof. Karman
  • City of Ottawa: Anne Robinson & Paul McCann
  • Environmental Advisory Committee to the City of Ottawa: special thanks to William Toms
  • SABMag: Don Griffith
  • NWGR (New West Gypsum Recycling): Richard Marsh
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment: Steve Burns, District Manager
  • Ottawa Construction Association: John Devries
  • Ottawa Construction News: Mark Buckshon
  • NRCan: Stephen Pope
  • Stone Tile: Elizabeth Millar
  • Tandus: Julie Charron
  • Drywall manufacturer’s representatives and suppliers including: Certainteed, CGC, Lafarge, Gratien Proulx, Matériaux DL, Morin Brothers
  • Local waste management companies including: special thanks to Terry Wagner of Tomlinson, and Bob Graham of WSI

Our Principles are the same unifying and interlinked principles for an integrative frameworks as those adopted September 25, 2015 in New York at the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Summit:

  • Leave no one behind by ensuring sustainability and meeting a basic level of environmental and social standards;
  • Live within the Earth’s safe operating space; while ensuring equitable prosperity and sustainable growth;
  • Leave assets behind for future generations, by building social, economic and environmental capital.

Our core values to foster an ideal constructive culture, that will meet the safety and satisfaction needs are simple:

  1. People Oriented: Encouraging and Affiliation;
  2. Task Oriented: Achieving and Self-Actualizing.

And our values to overcome inertia and fulfill our transformation aspirations are important to reach all stakeholders:

  • Individuals: The right understanding of self and others for engagement;
  • Groups: Relationships and teamwork for mutual benefits and happiness;
  • Organizational: Physical facilities, goods and services for mutual prosperity.

Our assumptions for success are that most other organizations can recognize the importance and high value of efficiently and effectively addressing the system development forces:

  • Integrated Governance including structure, people, purpose and process;
  • Quality Substance (matter, energy and information);
  • Environments (micro to meta).