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Mar092009

deconstruction over demolition

resource management strategies

greengoat

the mission: “greenGoat facilitates evolutionary resource management (from our beginnings in salvaging and recycling construction and demolition - ‘C&D’ - debris to our current offerings in energy, water, and air) for building industry vendors (architects, engineers, and contractors), developer/owners, and building material manufacturers. We offer a variety of tools to conserve resources in each step of the building process: specification language, vendor referrals, logistical help, and LEED reporting. We also work with experts in other areas of conservation to provide comprehensive green building advice.

deconstruction “differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building by the most expedient means. Deconstruction has also been defined as “construction in reverse”. The process of dismantling structures is an ancient activity that has been revived by the growing field of sustainable, green building. Buildings, like everything, have a life-cycle. Deconstruction focuses on giving the materials within a building a new life once the building as a whole can no longer continue.

When buildings reach the end of their useful life, they are typically demolished and hauled to landfills. Implosions or ‘wrecking-ball’ style demolition is relatively inexpensive and offers a quick method of clearing sites for new structures. On the other hand, this method creates substantial amounts of waste. Components within old buildings may still be valuable, sometimes more valuable than at the time the building was constructed. Deconstruction is a method of harvesting what is commonly considered “waste” and reclaiming it into useful building material.”

for  more information, resources and links check out wikipedia: deconstruction

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