Deconstruction is an incredible green alternative to traditional building demolition. Instead of tearing down a building and dumping all of the waste in the landfill, deconstructing a building layer by layer makes it possible to salvage, recycle, and reuse as many building materials as possible. Adam from the Unbuilders deconstruction company says they average ~95% waste diversion on their projects.
– Fixtures, appliances, windows, and doors are donated to organizations like Habitat for Humanity
– Beams, studs, and all other solid wood is salvaged and reused or recycled
– Drywall is recycled into new drywall
– Asphalt shingle roofing is recycled
– Concrete foundations are recycled into road base
Some materials that don’t currently have a reuse or recycling option in the Vancouver area are old insulation, old stucco, and low-grade pressboard.
Unbuilders has its headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia where the presence of green demolition policy, private recycling companies, and charitable partners make it possible to achieve such impressive results. Unbuilders is working to re-create this deconstruction-friendly ecosystem in major cities across Canada and the United States over the next 5-10 years. We’re excited to see them expand the sustainable impact of deconstruction!
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