Demolition industry legend and longtime CEO of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors and National Demolition Training Group, Howard Button has announced he will retire in December 2023.
Button has been in the demolition industry for 50 years, having been at the helm of both Button Demolition and then the NFDC & NDTG. Even before starting formal employment in demolition Howard was involved in the industry and recalls helping in his grandfather’s yard, de-nailing reclaimed wood for re-use at the age of just eight years old.
As an NFDC member, Howard swiftly rose through the Federation under the mentorship of another legend in demolition, Sidney Hunt Snr. Howard attended his first NFDC National Council meeting as a Regional Chairman in 1990, before going on to hold the office of President from 1996 – 1999.
No other individual has ever served as President of the NFDC, IDE, and EDA. It is a feat that is a testament to Howard’s dedication to the demolition industry, and one that is unlikely to ever be matched.
Since he took the role of CEO, Howard has been integral in driving major developments for the industry, including introducing CCDO Smart cards, and the development of the NFDC accredited site audit scheme – seen as a mark of quality throughout the construction industry to this day.
On behalf of the EDA secretariat, we would like to appreciate and recognise the hard work Howard Button has put into the demolition sectors. His input is one of the biggest motives for why the industry has advanced so much throughout the years.
We wish him a happy and fruitful retirement and hope to see him someday soon!