- May 27th, 2019 | by Dan
Demolitions involve clearing a lot of waste and rubbish, so most people think there’s no environmental-friendly way to do it.
But even though you can’t eliminate waste completely during demolitions, there are ways to reduce your waste and make it greener.
Here are some of the best ways to do it:
1. Know what materials can be salvaged.
Before starting, it helps to know what type of materials you can salvage to sell, recycle and reuse.
Some of the most salvageable materials include:
- Timber beams
- Roof tiles
- Steel and metal components
- Plants and greenery
By knowing what type of materials you can and cannot save, you’ll have a better idea of what parts of your building you need to keep an eye on for your demolition.
2. Make a full inspection and evaluation.
Before proceeding with your demolition, make sure that you complete a thorough inspection and evaluation of your site. This will let your team know which parts and materials need to be salvaged.
Use this inspection to create a plan for removing any salvageable materials and what to do with them after.
Although not everything in your building can be saved, you can maximise the amount of salvaged materials by planning your demolition around them.
3. Demolish by sections.
Instead of demolishing everything at one time, consider demolishing your building by sections. This will help you prevent destroying parts and materials that you may otherwise be able to salvage.
Experts also recommend demolishing sections in a way opposite to its order of construction, working your way from exterior furnishings down to its foundation.
It also helps to keep salvageable components with their main parts (e.g. not removing the latches and frames in window or doors) to make it easier to save parts later.
4. Do soft strips manually.
Completing soft strips manually will make it easier to keep salvageable materials whole and undamaged. It will also produce less waste in the end, helping you minimise resources for clean-ups and materials transport.
Manual soft strips may take more time and effort, but it often results in more salvageable materials and less waste accumulated overall.
5. Separate materials on-site.
Separating materials on-site will help you minimise costs and resources dedicated to handling and transporting materials later.
The best practice is to sort and store similar materials together. Metal parts, for example, should be separated from parts made of concrete or timber.
The more organised you are in sorting your waste and materials, the less resources you’ll need to sort through everything in the end.
6. Store materials properly.
Proper storage and handling are key to keeping salvageable materials in useable condition. If you don’t store them properly, then they could get damaged or deteriorate to the point of being unusable.
Timber products and materials, for example, must be kept dry to avoid the build-up of mould or rotting. Metal parts must also remain dry to prevent rust and corrosion.
7. Work with demolition experts who care about the environment.
If you’re not sure how to salvage materials properly – or if you simply don’t want to do all the work yourself – then work with demolition experts who are committed to reducing waste as much as possible.
At 3D Demo, we complete all our demolitions according to relevant environmental regulations, and we see to it that we salvage, recycle, and reuse materials as much as we can. We also use a variety of dust control measures to minimise dust, erosion, and sediment-run-off during our demolitions. This is all part of our duty of care to the environment.
When you work with professionals who value waste reduction as much as you do, you’re more likely to make less of an impact on the environment.
Is it worth reducing your demolition waste?
Reducing waste and making your demolition as efficient as possible will help minimise the environmental impact of your demolition. And although you can’t eliminate its impact completely, you can at least minimise its negative effects and reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill.
Best of all, reducing your waste can make your demolitions more efficient and organised, saving you more money and resources in the end.
If you need more information about eco-friendly demolitions and how it can help you, have a chat with our team to find out more.
- May 27th, 2019 | by Dan
It takes a lot of effort, skill and energy to demolish a property, but we take it for granted because buildings are demolished so frequently around the world every day. One minute a building is there, the next minute it’s not, and a new structure is built in its place in no time.
It’s a normal part of our society’s continual evolution, but the act of demolishing a building has not always been so frivolous and mundane. Much has changed over the years in how and why demolitions take place. Once you learn the history behind demolition and discover how far we’ve come, we’re sure you’ll have even more appreciation for the skill and art behind this practice.
A Destructive and Sinister Past
Unfortunately, due to the destructive nature of demolition, this practice didn’t start for practical and wholesome purposes. House demolition actually originated as a military tactic and was primarily used in a number of conflicts to deliberately target and inflict destruction upon houses during a military advance. Civilian dwellings often became the target of destruction during war too, as forces tended to use them for shelter and as firing positions.
The earliest recorded act of house demolition took place back in 1069-1070 when William the Conqueror (the first Norman King of England) and the Norman Troops demolished property in the rebellious north of England to deprive an enemy of civilian support. The destruction and demolition of homes and buildings have unfortunately been a common sight in many wars since.
A number of cultures and countries also used demolition as a form of punishment for a variety of legal offences. While this is primarily for the removal of illegally constructed homes and buildings, during the medieval age in Flanders and Northern France, the destruction of homes also occurred as punishment for a variety of other offences such as harbouring an outlaw.
House Demolition As a Service
Despite the ominous past surrounding demolitions, the house demolition service has quickly become an essential part of today’s modern society. The need for and frequency of demolitions really ramped up in the 1960s and 1970s due to the high number of massive housing projects occurring at the time, and the service has only expanded and flourished since then. However, as with everything, house demolition as a service had to be perfected over time until it became the well refined and safe practice it is today.
Types of House Demolitions
There are two primary forms of house demolitions around today – building implosions, where explosions are used in a controlled demolition to take down a building almost instantly and deconstruction, where buildings are pulled apart and destroyed by machines. A crane with a wrecking ball is another common method known in popular culture, but it is rarely used today because the uncontrollable nature of the swinging ball is now deemed to be unsafe.
The building implosion method has been around for a long time, with the earliest attempt occurring in Ireland back in 1773, but while it is still undertaken in many other countries, this type of demolition is no longer undertaken in Australia. The implosion form of demolition while entertaining to watch, has encountered a few problems and mishaps in the past – even resulting in some fatalities.
Because of the failings of the implosion method, the deconstruction method of demolition has taken the lead in our country. Deconstruction is a relatively new approach to demolition. In this method, buildings are chomped down piece by piece with a hydraulic mulcher the effectively ‘eats the building’. Materials from the building are removed and then segregated for reuse or recycling. This method is effective, safe and environmentally sustainable.
The Future of Demolition
“The more inner-city projects there are – and there are more and more of them – the greater the demand for cleverer, cleaner means of demolition.” – John Woodward, president of the Institute of Demolition Engineers – The Independent.
With the continual advancement of technology and machinery, home demolition will only continue to get safer, and demolition techniques will continue to be perfected.
Here at 3D Demolition, we deliver deconstruction demolition services. We 100% stand behind this trusted method because this is the most sustainable, safe and effective way to demolish almost all types of structures.