Demolition and the Environment

A common misconception about the demolition industry, and by extension those that work in it, is that demolition contractors have little concern for the environment.

To many, the demolition industry is characterised by machines blasting exhaust, huge clouds of dust, and rubble strewn everywhere. Not only is this stereotype untrue, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

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At Home Demolitions we take great care to limit the impact our demolition operations have on the environment. Many of us at Home Demolitions have young children and as a result are deeply invested in a sustainable future for the next generation.

Obviously, demolition operations will always have some level of negative impact on the environment, such as wasted resources and disturbing soil; however, this base level of impact is as much the product of modern society's constant need for new development rather then the fault of the individual demolisher. After all we are simply responding to a need in the market to remove unwanted and derelict properties. 

To make up for the unavoidable environmental damage that takes place from operating heavy machinery and destroying unwanted housing, Home Demolitions has practices in place to both reduce and offset any negative effects to the environment caused by demolition works.  These practices include:

 At our sites we use sediment control fencing, like that pictured above, to prevent soil and sediment being carried off site and polluting local waterways.

At our sites we use sediment control fencing, like that pictured above, to prevent soil and sediment being carried off site and polluting local waterways.

Sediment Control: During demolition and excavation works soil becomes disturbed, both a side effect of removing the house and tracking trucks and excavators over the site. This can lead to accelerated erosion or soil and sediment being carried off the site by rain and polluting local waterways. 

To prevent this from happening we use Geofabric fencing at our demolition sites, a type of sediment control fencing that allows water to pass through while catching any soil or sediment. Not only is implementing such sediment control measures the responsible thing to do, it is also required by law. 

Material Salvaging and Recycling: Home Demolitions leads the way in environmentally sustainable demolition practices by salvaging and recycling bricks, tiles, wood and other fittings from our demolition sites. These salvaged materials are sold at affordable prices through the Recycled Building Centre. The environmental benefit of recycling materials is twofold: less material ends up in landfill and old building materials are reused reducing the need to manufacture new materials. 

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Reducing Air Pollution: Before commencing demolition works we make sure that any air conditioners on the property have been properly degassed to prevent gas being discharged during demolition. 

During structural demolition one of our labourers also sprays down the building being demolished with water to prevent dust and debris being disturbed and rising into the air.

Asbestos Removal and Renumeration: By carrying out asbestos removal work Home Demolitions is helping to get this dangerous substance out of our communities and contributing to an asbestos-free Sydney. All removed asbestos is safely and legally disposed of. 

Christof

Home Demolitions, Ryde, NSW, 2112

Christof is Home Demolitions resident media guru and content writer. His days are spent blogging about demolitions, brainstorming new ways to educate the public about the demolition process and photoshopping excavators into famous movie posters.