Go for ‘green’ demolition and save

It is becoming more and more common to see large old homes on big stands demolished to make way for more modern homes, but for the sake of the environment, homeowners, developers and builders need to start thinking more carefully about the rubble and waste that such activities generate.

Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group, says: “Demolition waste, along with that produced from renovation and construction activities, consumes a huge amount of scarce landfill space, depletes resources and can even emit greenhouse gases.

“Consequently, environmentalists now advise that anyone contemplating a demolition job should rather look at ‘deconstruction’, since this allows for the recovery and recycling of much building material that would otherwise have to be dumped.”

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he says that materials that can be recovered if the building is carefully taken down include roof timbers and tiles, bricks and concrete blocks, reinforcing, window and door frames, metal and plastic piping, ceiling tiles, ceramic or stone tiles, carpet or carpet tiles, lighting fixtures and even glass.

“Some of these may even be able to be reused in the new building to cut construction costs, while others can be sold off to other building contractors and scrap merchants, or perhaps donated to a community building project.

“And at the very least, deconstruction will save on costly disposal fees at council dumps, as well as the cost of removing and transporting the rubble.”

Article by: www.ChasEveritt.co.za