Happy Earth Day! Renovating green can also save you money…
I am impressed following the many new techniques, materials and philosophies in the construction/renovation industry. Many promote healthier options for environmentally conscientious, efficient homes. We live in exciting times.
Web searches help you find amazing materials and products for green construction. Today I would like to explore the green options for the start of your project…the demolition.
We are all looking to ways to reduce our waste in our household operations. We use cloth grocery bags and green packaging choices. Municipalities offer recycle bins and municipal composting programs. It is easy to find energy efficient light bulbs, non off-gassing mattresses, paints, and/or carpets. Just about every aspect of our home lives can be considered in earth-conscious choices.
One of the most potentially waste costly parts of a home renovation is represented by that large dumpster bin in the driveway on Day 1. Time efficiency is a definite factor to the bottom line of your renovation. However, consider the many costs of not thinking green as you tear out the old. I will start with your wallet. That dumpster is going to go to the landfill, where it will be weighed and charged accordingly. And you pay that cost. Not to mention the cost to the environment in trying to break down the mass and weight of all that wood, metal, plastic, drywall, etc.
Wood is easily recycled, if separated natural from pressure treated. Consider taking out your old cabinets intact for sale. Or as a donation to ReStore, Habitat for Humanity’s reuse/recycle store. They can reuse most materials. Your cast-offs may be another’s treasure.
Drywall can be recycled to make new drywall. Asphalt shingles are also used to make new shingles, instead of sitting in your landfill for 300 years! Old fixtures, appliances, carpets, glass can all be recycled or reused. There really isn’t anything you shouldn’t consider for a green disposal option. Check it out here.
Discuss your options with your contractor. It not only makes good environmental sense, it can save you thousands of dollars in disposal costs. Other people can benefit from your reusable materials for their projects. Cities, such as Vancouver, BC are now beginning to require environmental consideration at demolition. Check out their guide to assist the homeowner with good choices.
Wishing you a healthy, green renovation, and Happy Earth Day!
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