Carbon Emissions | October 23, 2008 |
Reuse to Surpass Demolition in Construction Industry
Because of its ability to reduce carbon footprint, cut into resource use, and to halve the bottom line, reuse of construction materials has rapidly overcome the throwaway culture among American contractors. Reuse of concrete, wood, glass and other materials has long provided contractors a source of income outside the invoices they hand their employers.
But by modernizing their means of destruction, these companies are not only able to save dollars that would have otherwise been spent on rubble, but also to preserve existing infrastructure. While newer technologies promise decreased resource use, the fact remains that employing currently existing infrastructure saves time and money for contractors. As high-end technology trickles down, the gains will only increase over time.