Bob Vila Radio: Deconstruction, Not Demolition

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Published Aug 26, 2012 5:00 AM

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Deconstruction is the new demolition. 


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“By carefully separating materials during a building’s demolition, deconstruction contractors prevent thousands of tons of materials from entering landfills every month. This isn’t just architectural salvage– they don’t just save the pretty stuff. Tile, lumber, concrete, drywall and steel can all be recycled.

The environmental protection agency and the green building council support this reuse effort, and when it comes time to build new, they also encourage using materials that were manufactured by recycling other products.

Most composite decking is made from plastic bags and milk jugs. You can get insulation made of old blue jeans or recycled newspapers and countertops of recycled aluminum, glass, paper or hemp. There are cabinets made partly from wheat by-products, carpet from recycled nylon and rubber mulch from recycled tires.

Now, even your old asphalt roofing shingles can be recycled; they could become your new driveway.

Get more info at… and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!”

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. 

For more on salvaging building materials, consider:

Quick Tip: Recycle Building Materials
When Remodeling Uncovers Hidden Treasures
Bob Vila Radio: Deconstruction