Oregon Demolition pros know the truth about our old buildings—namely that they contain valuable resources. These resources include materials, invested human energy, financial input, and historical assets that could be lost through demolition. Today we’re examining demolition alternatives with an eye towards saving valuable resources and money. In addition, these alternatives to demolition have the additional advantages of lowering development cost, conserving natural resources, and reducing emissions.
Demolition in Oregon: 5 Alternatives to Traditional Demolition
- Partial Demolition + Renovation. Renovation is one of the more environmentally friendly alternatives to demolition, as it allows the building to be re-used without as large an investment in materials. Preserving and restoring the character of older buildings also has an aesthetic appeal that adds property value. Renovating can preserve a building’s historical significance and beauty while also lifting it to meet contemporary standards for efficiency and lifespan.
- Historic Preservation. Buildings that are over 50 years old can benefit from placement on the National Register of Historic Places. To start with, the Special Assessment tax program freezes the assessed value of a registered property for 10 years. This program can create a substantial gain if the assessed value is frozen before a major property renovation project. In addition, the Federal Historic Tax Credits program offers a credit of up to 20% of qualifying restoration expenses. You can also learn more about preserving historic structures on our blog.
- Building Relocation. Moving an existing building to a new location may be a viable option. Relocation eliminates some labor costs, while also minimizing costs associated with disposal and recycling. Of course, some costs are incurred in moving the house, and in relocating utilities.
- Deconstruction. This demolition alternative involves dismantling the building or structure bit by bit, typically by hand. Deconstruction takes more time, and can be costlier than traditional demolition. However, deconstruction allows the recovery of assets such as lumber, flooring, trim, fixtures, and even wiring. Selling such salvaged building materials can offset higher labor costs. Deconstruction also is eco-friendly because construction resource recovery is maximized, while pollution associated with traditional demolition is minimized. If full deconstruction is not feasible, partial deconstruction can also be used to salvage items of historic or economic value.
- Recycling. Recycling is often less expensive than landfill disposal, and many construction products can be recycled or reused into new products or fuel. Demolition recycling also reduces the extraction and production of raw materials.
Work with Elder. At Elder Demolition we innovate for sustainability. Our Demolition Investment and Asset Recovery Services help our clients find better solutions for the earth and for their budgets. Portland building demolition sites contain a wealth of materials in the form of materials and equipment, which can be turned into positive capital to offset demolition costs. We promote and encourage the alternatives listed here as environmentally friendly solutions to traditional demolition. Get in touch to find out how we can help you find demolition alternatives for your next project.