Deconstruction of a building is the systematic dismantling of the entire structure in such a manner that most of the materials recovered can be reused for reconstruction or recycling purpose. The process is gradually gaining popularity across Australia as people become more and more aware of environmental degradation, its harmful effects and the need to recycle and reduce demolition waste. This is hardly surprising as the construction and demolition industry contributes almost forty percent to the total waste stream in the nation annually. Deconstructing offers people a viable alternative wherein they can reuse all that trash material once demolition is over; save money and also do their bit for the environment.
Advantages of Deconstructing over Conventional Demolition
The prime advantage of deconstruction to the immediate customers is substantial savings. Conventional demolition just tears down the building without a thought for the condition of the materials. Once demolition is over, you will not be able to use any of the materials such as timber, glass, frames, metal parts or even bathtubs or kitchen counters. But deconstructing allows you to recover most of the articles in good condition and use these again or sell them off at a salvage yard.
Secondly, deconstructing reduces the pressure on landfills and dumping yards by offering viable recycling options. This is vitally important especially in urban areas as most cities can no longer afford to expand landfill area and waste disposal in a sustained manner is gradually becoming more challenging. In the long run, continuous deconstructing can actually reduce area under landfill and dumping yards and free these once again for better use.