What is Domicology?

Domicology is the study of the economic, social, and environmental characteristics relating to the life cycle of the built environment.


  1. Recognize that manmade structures have a life cycle
  2. Examine the life cycle continuum of the built environment and plan, design, construct, and deconstruct in order to maximize the reuse of materials and minimize the negative impacts of a structure's end of useful life
  3. Identify innovative tools, models, policies, practices, and programs that can sustainably address a structural life cycle
  4. Conduct research on the technical, economic, and policy challenges present in a structure's life cycle and seek to reduce the negative social, economic, and environmental impacts associated with structural abandonment

About Domicology


NEW! - Structural Material Reuse and Recycling Market Study

NEW! - Guide to Local Ordinances: Deconstruction and the Management of C&D Material Waste

NEW! - Structural Abandonment Public Policy: The Michigan Fire Insurance Withholding Program

Have you conducted research related to the topic of structural abandonment? Please share your findings with us here!

Thank You for Joining Us!

Thank you for joining us on Monday, May 7, 2018 to learn about the state of structural & material abandonment, and learn about the future of our built environment.

Roughly 80 attendees heard from public and private sector leaders as well as researchers in the field and participated in a guided discussion to shape the future of planning and design of our built environment.

Did you miss the event? Don't worry! Session presentations and overviews are available on our research page!

For more information, check out media coverage of the event: click here.