Posted on March 5, 2009 @ 07:59:00 AM by Paul Meagher
In an earlier blog, I praised the concept of
Green Demolition. This form of Green Demolition, which might be called Large-scale Green Demolition, involves recycling as much of the demolished building on site as possible, thereby diverting waste from landfills, eliminating fossil fuel emissions associated with transport to landfills, helping to keep traffic moving during the demolition process, and lessening the impact upon inner city highway infrastructure.
Recently I came across another form of Green Demolition that is being done on a smaller scale and which does not involve recycling materials on site, but rather involves the careful disassembly of a building so that the materials can be re-sold to customers. Boards, windows, bricks and other parts of the building are sorted, cleaned up if necessary, and resold to other people looking for such building materials. This form of green demolition also diverts waste from landfills not by recycling materials on site, but rather by preparing the disassembled materials for resale.
The business model for small-scale green demolition involves keeping a close eye on local buildings that are going to be demolished and offering bids that look better than simply bringing in the wrecking ball and trucks to haul it away to landfills. The business model also involves having enough storage area to house your demolished materials and it was this part of the business plan that the young entrepreneur, Stan Atwell from Kentville, Nova Scotia, needed financing for in order to grow his business.
I was particularly struck by a comment that Stan made about his business:
Going green is the only way I want to get ahead.