Sunday, April 02, 2006

Using Deconstruction for Recycling homes

Deconstruction not demolition makes more sense if want to reduce the waste going to landfills. I attended a presentation given by a young professional from Seattle area where he started a recycling and deconstruction company and created more than 30 new jobs. Basically they take apart buildings in small sections and recover building materials for recycling. Many items are sold to local people to upgrade their homes and avoid sending tons of material to land fills.
So many trees are saved if the timber is recycled and many metals and plastics are recovered. What may surprise many people is that thousands of homes
are vacant in cities like Buffalo and Rochester new York and public funds are used to demolish them. Under green design principles the communities will first look for opportunities to recycle materials and require contractors to practice deconstruction strategies and only discard the waste materials.
The government agencies must require building assessments to see if material can be recycled and support a new industry of recovered housing materials.
Ram

1 Comments:

At 6:19 AM, Anonymous piet van Bral said...

Dear ram,

I'm checking the possibilities of a initiative for reuse of deconstruction materials in Brussels.

Therefore, I'm interested in this experience in Seatle. Could you give us more info about it via the mailadress in my username?

Thankx

Piet
www.bralvzw.be

 

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