Modern Construction Goes Greener Using Living-Algae Building Materials

Portland Demolition Algae

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Before Oregon demolition contractors tear down a building, they take into consideration the materials within it. As technology develops and fossil fuels grow more scarce, scientists are designing zero-energy buildings powered by renewable resources, such as wind and solar power. A renewable source of energy gaining traction in the construction world is algae, a diverse group of aquatic photosynthetic organisms that use chlorophyll as their primary pigment.

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Can Demolition Asset Recovery Save Your Portland, OR Company Money?

Portland Demolition & Asset Recovery

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After it’s placed in large dumpsters, demolition site waste doesn’t magically disappear. It’s transported to landfills. In 2014 alone, the nation generated 534 million tons of construction and demolition debris, in addition to municipal waste. More than 90 percent of the respective debris comes from demolition projects. As Oregon’s recycling rates decline, taking advantage of the asset recovery services offered by demolition companies not only helps the state get back on its green track, they may also help offset your project’s costs. Continue reading

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Why are Folks Flocking to Portland, Oregon & Who are They?

Portland New Residents

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Portland is booming with an influx of construction to accommodate the record number of individuals moving to the Pacific Northwest. Historically, the City of Roses has always had an attractive real estate market thanks to its reputation for being trendy, sustainable, accepting and vibrant. As construction projects reach all-time highs, Oregon demolition contractors are busy preparing lots for new inhabitants. Continue reading

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2017 Portland Demolition Trends

2017 Portland Oregon Demolition Trends

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After the economic crash of 2007 and 2008, Oregon and the rest of the nation faced a construction slump for nearly a decade. As confidence in the market began to rise, the number of construction and demolition permits issued in Portland and cities across the state began to increase. Developers aimed to replace older buildings with modern structures that increased residential densities. Leading the way are Oregon demolition contractors who seek to minimize the carbon footprint of the projects they oversee and maximize their safety. Continue reading

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Oregon Cement Consumption Will Grow in 2018 & 2019

Oregon Cement Production

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Cement is the world’s most important building material, making it one of the most consumed commodities in the world. With new construction on the rise globally, the demand for the construction aggregate is expected to grow to 51.7 billion tons in 2019, which reflects an annual growth of about 5 percent. The Portland Cement Association expects U.S. consumption to grow by 3.5 percent in 2018 based on the projected impacts of federal U.S. policies, such as tax reform and infrastructure policies that affect how long it takes new construction projects to begin. As construction booms, Oregon demolition contractors are preparing to get rid of the old to make room for the new. Continue reading

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How is Oregon’s Concrete Industry Helping Economic Growth?

Oregon Concrete Industry

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Concrete is one of the most common building materials used in the world. It’s also the most significant source of demolition waste. In Oregon, the concrete industry is booming, helping to sustain the state’s economy and growth. After a building or structure reaches the end of its life, the role of concrete does not end. Instead, Oregon demolition services use specialized equipment to crush and recycle the durable material, yielding a significant return on investment for clients. Continue reading

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Identifying Asbestos Containing Materials in Demolition

Oregon Demolition and Asbestos Removal

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A naturally occurring group of silicate minerals, asbestos became a popular building material at the beginning of the 19th century because of its desirable physical properties. It was affordable, had decent tensile strength, absorbed noise, and resisted heat, fire and electricity. It seemed like a builder’s dream come true. Prior to the 1980s, contractors often used asbestos to insulate buildings, give them fire protection, and for a variety of applications.

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Can Oregon Demolition Pros Help Bridge the Gap in America’s Bridges?

In March 2017, the I-85 Bridge in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, collapsed following a massive fire. Since then, crews have worked around the clock to safely remove the damaged portions of the bridge and rebuild the 350-foot stretch of damage. Washington state commuters experienced similar headaches in 2013 when a truck struck a portion of the Skagit River Bridge on I-5, causing structural failure.

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When is Selective Demolition the Right Choice?

Oregon Selective Demolition

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Tearing down a building is not always the most ideal or cost-effective solution. When this is the case, selective demolition might offer the best results while protecting the structure’s integrity and minimizing the impact to ongoing operations. When you want to make changes to a building or add an extension, Oregon demolition contractors will help you evaluate the options that meet your needs the best. Continue reading

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How to Crush Concrete in Industrial Demolition

Oregon Demolition Concrete Crushing

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One of the greatest assets on a demolition site is also one that may seem simple to ignore—concrete. After concrete serves its purpose, it has the potential to offset the costs of a project when reused or sold for recycling. Rather than send concrete from old buildings to landfills, forward-thinking Oregon demolition contractors crush it in to useful gravel or into an aggregate that you can use to make new concrete. As construction materials are increasingly evaluated by their ecological characteristics, recycled concrete continues to gain importance in the industry. Continue reading

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