A typical demolition job destroys loads of potentially usable materials and sends them to a landfill. A more environmentally friendly approach is “deconstruction”, which gives construction waste a new lease on life. Best of all, it can also make good economic sense by cutting a variety of project costs.
Hanley Wood’s remodeling website offers an excellent breakdown of the environmental and financial advantages of deconstruction. A few highlights:
– Up to 90% of a typical home could be reclaimed, either for repurposed usage or for industrial recycling.
– Besides reducing strain on landfills, reuse of building materials reduces carbon emissions from the manufacture of new materials.
– Although careful deconstruction may add time and labor to a project, it often saves money in the long run. Materials may be repurposed immediately, saved for future projects, or donated for tax deductions.
– Many localities offer incentives for deconstruction, such as expedited building permits.
– Deconstruction, re-use, and recycling building materials can earn points toward a valuable LEED certification.
Read the entire Harley Wood Remodeling article here.
Remember – even if your next home improvement project doesn’t require demolition, you can still support the responsible reuse of building materials by incorporating repurposed or salvaged materials into your project. Habitat For Humanity’s ReStore locations are one great resource, and the previously profiled Timeless Material Co. offers beautiful reclaimed architectural details like flooring and fixtures.