Building up: As the value of construction rises, demand will follow suit

The Demolition & Wrecking Industry Research Report measures market size, analyses current and future trends, and provides an indication of market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld’s collection of industry market research reports gives you insightful, up-to-date information on the supply chains, economic drivers, and key buyers and markets for hundreds of industries.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry demand has increased due to the recovering housing market and greater construction activity
  • Recovery in construction levels has been improving the industry’s prospect
  • Demographic shifts that include a growing urban population will spur industry demand
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Demolition and Wrecking industry has been recovering from the effects of the recession, which drastically reduced demand for construction services. However, business has begun to pick up, and the industry is forecast to grow past its prerecession size. As the value of residential and nonresidential construction increases, the need for demolition for new structures increases as well. In addition, land development and construction markets are forecast to grow rapidly as economic growth encourages the construction of new retail and commercial space.

    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Demolition and wrecking contractors’ primary activities include taking down buildings and structures ranging from single-family homes to professional sports arenas. Industry revenue streams also include the sale of recycled debris and materials, most notably concrete, back to general construction contractors for use onsite and to other markets. Demolition can also include small-scale hazardous material handling, such as asbestos abatement.

    After experiencing consistent declines in revenue during the Great Recession and in its aftermath, the Demolition and Wrecking industry is finally returning to growth. Alt

    Additional Insights for the Demolition & Wrecking Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Demolition & Wrecking Industry are

  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulator
  • Ability to vary services to suit different needs
  • Experienced work force
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from bridge and elevated highway construction and Government funding for highways in the Demolition & Wrecking industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Demolition & Wrecking Industry?

    Operators in this industry primarily wreck and demolish buildings and structures and sometimes sell salvaged materials. Other industry services include the clearing and recycling of debris, interior strip outs, handling of asbestos and hazardous materials, site remediation (decontamination and waste disposal), concrete cutting and explosive demolition. Excavation and land-clearing work is excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
    Total and selective demolition
    Remediation and abatement
    Specialized concrete cutting
    House relocation
    Industry Activities
    Predemolition planning and analysis
    Total or selective demolition of buildings (e.g. offices, warehouses and apartments)
    Total or selective demolition of structures (e.g. sport stadiums and oil rigs)
    Demolition and rehabilitation of sites following fire or industrial explosion
    Environmental cleanup
    Asbestos removal
    Selective dismantling and facade preservation of historic buildings
    Implosion demolition of buildings and structures
    Removal, disposal and sale of materials from demolition sites, including recycling

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from bridge and elevated highway construction
  • Government funding for highways
  • Value of private nonresidential construction
  • Value of residential construction

  • Current Performance
  • Construction history
  • Renewed construction activity
  • Major contracts for major players
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revitalization in the works
  • Diversified services to widen margins
  • Table: Demolition & Wrecking Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Demolition & Wrecking Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Land Development
  • Bridge & Elevated Highway Construction
  • Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Wholesaling
  • Construction Machinery Manufacturing
  • Explosives Manufacturing
  • Heavy Equipment Rental
  • Local Specialized Freight Trucking

  • Products & Services
  • Total and selective demolition
  • Remediation and abatement
  • Specialized concrete cutting
  • Recycling
  • House relocation
  • Chart: Demolition & Wrecking Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Nonresidential
  • Residential
  • Nonbuilding markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Demolition & Wrecking Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and utilitiesDepreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Demolition & Wrecking

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Demolition & Wrecking Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    NorthStar Group Holdings LLC
  • Table: NorthStar Group Holdings LLC - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Demolition & Wrecking Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Demolition & Wrecking Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Value of Private Non-residential Construction (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Asbestos Abatement
  • The removal of asbestos-containing materials prior to building demolition through encapsulation to control fiber release and compliance with tight safety procedures for the personnel involved.
  • Brownfield
  • Abandoned or underused industrial and commercial sites available for redevelopment.
  • Decontamination
  • The removal of unwanted materials from buildings, soils or equipment by washing, chemical action, mechanical cleansing or other techniques.
  • Site Remediation
  • The process of removing pollutants and contaminants from a plot of land.
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