Turning construction waste into new buildings and projects
April 27, 2012
While the construction industry is going increasingly digital, there are some problems that even construction management software can't solve - like construction waste.
"Waste" is a term that is increasingly prevalent and is associated with negative aspects of building, especially as more nations and consumers are calling for green, eco-friendly initiatives. However, construction firms and professionals shouldn't shy away from the challenge, as it may represent a new opportunity for customer engagement.
For example, Build it Green New York City is a company that recycles construction waste. Using volunteers, the company scours demolitions sites, renovated buildings and other construction projects for reusable building materials, the website Design Build Source writes. So far, the company has gathered 75 tons of reusable building supplies, from shutters to panel doors and more.
"If this industry is to become sustainable it is not enough to simply buy into the latest green technology. Waste is just that, no matter if it is plywood, piping or offcuts - it all amounts to monetary loss," the website writes. "In recycling or making better use of the resources we have in this sector, waste can be limited or even completely eradicated from our sites."
Construction firms may not have the time or resources to go searching for reusable resources, but they can partner with similar companies or organizations to denote the building supplies they were going to throw out.