Seeing Green: Demolition for the future
Opportunities in the demolition sector are gradually expanding with the growing construction and building environment. Careful planning and safety training are crucial to the success of green demolition by preventing issues concerning environmental and health safety. Green demolition is the future, time to jump on board.
What is green demolition and why it mattersGreen demolition refers to the process of dismantling buildings for recycling or reusing its elements, thereby maximizing the environmental, economic, and social benefits. This process can recycle a possible eighty percent of the elements which would have initially landed in the environment’s water and soil or have been disposed of in landfills. By demolishing urban structures in a relatively small area, you risk compacting the soil making it less absorbent to water runoff while also containing a lesser percentage of organic materials, oxygen, and water. Research shows that compacted soils are less sustainable as their drainage and organic characteristics are significantly damaged. The green demolition initiative process is aimed at creating significant environmental benefits while also transforming the communities into sustainable habitats for the members. Green demolition practices which all workers and contractors should be aware of to enhance your techniques and goals include deconstruction and reuse, recycling and site reuse.
ImplementationDuring pre-demolition planning, you should consider deconstruction and reuse. A typical demolition safety training exercise should include salvaging and recycling at varying levels. Deconstruction describes a type of selective demolition. You should selectively dismantle structures with consideration to the economic benefits that will accrue from the structure debris. By selective dismantling, you prevent the long-term stagnation of buildings in sites that they do not serve healthy functions to the community. You can salvage materials with architectural value for reuse purposes from deconstructing residential buildings. This avails the usable building materials to the community while also preventing them from going into landfills. Items that can be salvaged during deconstruction include:
- Doors, cabinetry, and hardware
- Bricks, rocks, and countertops
- Toilets, bathtubs, and sinks
- Wood flooring, windows, appliances, and more