Guest Speaker - Recycling and Construction Waste

On Friday, May 15th the students participating in the competition were treated to a presentation led by Richard Ludt, Director of Environmental Affairs at Interior Removal Specialist, Inc. (http://www.irsdemo.com/). Richard's presentation focused on the construction material lifecycle, opportunities for recycling waste and best practices for the reuse of materials. We thank Richard for the thoughtful presentation and the opportunity to expand the discussion of sustainability within these studio classes.


Richard Ludt, a LEED Accredited Professional, is the Director of Environmental Affairs at Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.

Richard  is responsible for complying with California’s heavily regulated solid waste ordinances and coordinates the extensive efforts involved for the recycling of the various construction debris obtained from tenant improvement demolition projects, including E-Waste, Acoustic Ceiling Tiles, carpeting, and over 201,000,000 pounds of drywall. Working with dozens of nonprofit agencies Richard and IRS Demo have made possible the donation of more than 5,000 tons of furniture, cabinetry, and other materials from demolition jobs in Southern California that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

The acoustic ceiling tile program that Richard entered into with Armstrong Ceilings was a major contributing factor to Interior Removal Specialist, Inc. receiving the Governors Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2005, and transitioned into an exclusive contract with Armstrong Ceilings for all recyclable ceiling tile in the Los Angeles area.

Richard spearheaded the permitting of a new Construction and Demolition Processing Facility in the City of South Gate, and continues to find new markets for the debris generated in the commercial interior Construction and Demolition industries, and is currently working to add Municipal Solid Waste to that permit.

Richard is the current Corporate Director of Recycling and Material Recovery for the Solid Waste Association of North America.