Sales Brisk for Groundbreaking Book on Demolition

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The first authoritative book on the demolition process in the U.S. has been selling briskly not only to university students but also to demolition and general contractors, engineers, and regulators involved in the demolition process, according to the National Demolition Association.

Sales of the nation’s first textbook on the demolition process, "Demolition: Practices, Technology and Management" have been brisk since its publication two months ago, said the executive director of the National Demolition Association. The Association partnered with Purdue University Press on the publication of the groundbreaking book aimed at not only students, but also contractors, engineers, or regulators involved in demolition.

“We expected some sales to come from Purdue University, which has made the book part of its curriculum,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE. “But what we’re seeing now are bulk orders from contracting firms of all sizes, which intend to use the book as required reading for employees. The full range of technical issues such as project management, disaster response, demolition project safety, and material handling and recycling focus on the real-world skills needed to take on and safely complete demolition projects.”

While there are many resource books on various aspects of construction, there has not to date been a book specifically on the demolition process in the U.S. and what is believed to be the world. The National Demolition Association decided to collaborate with Purdue on the book, initially for its specialization in demolition and reconstruction offered thought its Department of Building Construction Management, the first such program offered in the United States.

As the book was being researched and written, its authors – demolition veteran Richard J. Diven and Purdue assistant professor Mark Shaurette, Ph.D. – saw a much broader audience for the material. “This is the first systematic presentation of the means and methods that define exactly what demolition contractors do,” Taylor explained. “We envision it as a valuable information resource for anyone involved in the process, including building owners, architects, civil engineers, general contractors, or the many government officials who regulate our industry.”

Orders can be placed for the textbook on the National Demolition Association website at or by contacting Purdue University Press at or by calling 800-247-6553. For outside North America, call +44 (0) 1767 604972. It is also available at or other online booksellers.

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing nearly 1,000 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations. The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services. The website is

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