Friday, January 2, 2009

THOUGHTS: Deconstruction

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Deconstruction is the selective dismantlement of building components, specifically for re-use, recycling, and waste management. It 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.

3CC is proud to be a certified deconstruction contractor and we try to implement this, even the smallest of increments, into all of our projects. We are able to give the owner a tax deduction for any material that is donated from the building. Because of what we find during many deconstruction projects, we are able to give the owner a tax deduction for any material that is donated from the building. We are certified deconstruction contractor providing services for residential, commercial, light industrial, non for profit organizations and we are implementing this ideology for all of our projects, when it is appropriate.