The BBC recently published a valuable report on the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA’s) view that building demolitions cause carbon emissions. The report also explored how enabling works contractors have an important role to play, alongside architects, in reducing the carbon footprint of the demolition and development industries.
Involve the demolition industry in the early stages
The demolition industry is not all about demolishing buildings for development. Early engagement of enabling works contractors like Weaver Demolition, can reap many benefits for developers, contractors and end clients alike. Seeking advice from a reputable enabling works company early in the process helps to decrease costs and maximise the value of the asset, whilst also taking into consideration the carbon footprint of the project.
Remodel or reconfigure where possible
Enabling works companies can advise on how buildings can be remodelled instead of demolished. One example is the former Soundwell College in Bristol, which is in the process of being transformed to create the new Soundwell Academy.
As part of this project, we have carried out soft strip works within some of the original buildings to enable refurbishment and re-modelling, saving some buildings from demolition. Our efficient and cost-effective crushing and screening service helps eliminate disposed materials. We crushed all hardcore arisings on site so they could be re-used for the formation of levels for a new artificial sports pitch.
General practice to reuse or recycle
The expertise of enabling works contractors can guide developers on what materials can be salvaged and recycled for use in on-going construction.
At Weaver Demolition, once a building has been dismantled, we recycle the arisings. As accredited members of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) for the 32nd consecutive year, our target is to recycle over 95% of all demolition materials generated. All aggregate material including tiles, bricks, ceramics, concrete, cement and asphalt can be crushed and turned into useable building materials.
Onsite recycling also reduces the amount of waste going to landfill. In turn, there are fewer vehicles making journeys off-site, which further reduces emissions.
We remain committed to greener alternatives and the circular economy . By minimising unnecessary travel, providing environmentally friendly advice in the early stages of development projects, adopting modern measures to reduce pollution, and reusing and recycling materials wherever possible, we continually seek to reduce our carbon footprint.
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