How To Demolish a House in a Green Way
Green building is a very popular trend; though
before you start building, there is often demolition to be done. More
and more communities are requiring that the debris from a home's
demolition be channeled for recycling. Whether it is a requirement where
you live, it is a good practice for keeping unnecessary waste out of
The first step can be to salvage materials for reuse in your new building.
Things like windows, light fixtures, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, cabinets,
heating and cooling equipment, appliances, water heaters, doors, garage
door openers, casing and moulding and much more may be ripe for salvage.
It will save you money in disposal fees and even more in reduced construction
costs. If there is nothing you want for yourself, others might want it.
You may be able to have a demolition sale, in which people come in and
take from the house what they have a use for. You can charge for the
salvaged materials, or just be glad to get the material into the reuse
cycle. Another option is to offer the reusable materials to an organization
like Habitat for Humanity or a local organization that helps to provide
or repair homes for the needy.
Once the most obvious material has been taken out, comes the next level
of recycling, extraction of usable building material. This includes things
like copper wire and pipes, iron and steel, clean brick, broken concrete,
large timbers or beams. This material can be sent to appropriate processors
to be put back into use.
Finally, your community may require or at least have the capability
to process different forms of construction debris. This usually requires
you to sort and deliver the assorted forms of debris to the appropriate
Some of these techniques will actually improve your bottom line, some
will cost you money. However, we are firm believers in the pay-as-you-go
system, and the cost of proper recycling and reuse of materials are part
of the cost of construction. Paying for the true cost of your project
is simply fair and the right thing to do. Many communities are seeing
the truth of this and have begun adopting such policies. It is probably
just a matter of time before construction debris recycling is standard