Deconstruction is a relatively new approach to demolition that minimizes materials going to landfills. It involves removing materials by type of material and putting them aside for reuse or recycling. With rising labor costs, this method may not be as cost-efficient as traditional demolition, however it is more environmentally sound and sustainable, long-term.
A routine single family dwelling might yield the following materials that are suitable for recycling or reuse.
- Antique bricks
- Historic doors
- Aluminum siding and gutters
- Copper tubing
- Architectural elements
- Landscape items
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Top 10 Tips for Demolishing a House
- Allow Time for Permits
- Find an Insured Demolition Company
- Research Permits & Regulations
- Apply for Permits & Provide Fees
- Hazardous Material Inspections
- Contact Utilities for Disconnection
- Submit Paperwork to Georgia Environmental Protection
- Identify Components for Recycling
- Contact Erosion Control Company
- Conduct Pre-Demolition Inspection