Whether you're planning an interior demolition making way for a remodel or a full-scale demolition underway to allow new building construction, you probably have a lot on your mind as you start doing research and trying to choose a demolition company. But if you're a green business or even simply an eco-friendly homeowner, you may start to wonder about what effect your project will have on the environment. Unfortunately, many demolitions end in having all the removed materials simply carted away to the landfill. Here are some helpful tips to allow you to make your project more eco-friendly and sustainable.
Salvage appliances, fixtures, and trim
If your project involves an office or other commercial building, stop and think about all the potentially reusable items that may be still inside the building. Apart from furniture, these may include appliances and plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, any wood trim that's in good shape, pipes, ceiling tiles, doors, and much more. Simply having these items removed for salvage before the demolition gets underway can greatly decrease the amount of material that you send to the landfill.
When you're searching for a demolition contractor, be very specific about trying to find one that will take materials to a recycling center instead of to the landfill. The more you can keep out of landfills, the better; and demolition projects can put an enormous pile of debris into the landfill all at once.
Find a low-emissions-vehicle-using company
Like construction vehicles, demolition vehicles are very heavy-duty and generally not built with the Earth's health in mind. While you're looking for a demolition company that recycles, check to see if they've switched to more eco-friendly equipment too. Vehicles that use biodiesel are ideal, since biodiesel is a relatively sustainable source of fuel.
Deconstruction, a gentler form of "unbuilding" that takes the form of pulling things apart by hand rather than smashing them, is an alternative form of demolition (or an alternative to demolition, depending on how you look at it) that allows you to reuse even more of the materials in question, such as wooden floors, wooden beams, and other things that can then be used in new construction later. You can resell these items yourself or write them off as a tax-deductible donation to charity (which can be a considerable benefit to your business depending on how valuable the materials are).
These tips will help you plan a more eco-friendly demolition project with the resources that are available in your area. Remember to check with the EPA about how to handle any hazardous materials you suspect may exist in your building so you can plan a safe demolition project. For more information, contact a business such as Earths Products.