Recycled materials are in high demand these days. Instead of demolishing old buildings with a wrecking ball, crews are carefully “deconstructing” them to preserve components that could be used again. You can even find reclaimed materials on display in Home Depot and Lowe’s.
The old method for clearing an obsolete building from a piece of property is to smash it to bits and haul it off to a landfill. Now with developers trying to give their buildings more character, and also trying to meet “LEED” green building standards, used building materials are a hot commodity. Construction Dive writes that deconstruction crews are taking “great pains” to avoid damage to materials like bricks, wood flooring, windows and doors, and other potentially reusable items.
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