Educating People on Deconstruction

Hello Fellow Auburndale Builder’s Blog Readers,

“The job took four weeks to break the building down to the foundation. All told, 83% of the structure was saved for reuse or recycling—more than 45 tons of materials.”

“The job took four weeks to break the building down to the foundation. All told, 83% of the structure was saved for reuse or recycling—more than 45 tons of materials.”

Today I would like to welcome you to an another theme for the Auburndale Builder’s Blog.  We introduce you to an educational segment of our business.  Education is an important part of our business, providing builders and others with information about the construction of High-Performance and Passive Housing along with techniques applicable to the building science involved.  In the coming months and years as this part of the building industry begins to grow, Auburndale Builders will become a leader in constructing and educating people on these building sciences.

We begin by discussing the Deconstruction of a property versus the demolition of a property.  In this article we highlight our relationship with “Piece by Piece Deconstruction”, a Massachusetts-based company who takes great pride in saving the environment and reusing materials from existing trees and the land.

WHY DECONSTRUCT vs. DEMOLISH?

When you deconstruct instead of demolish, you help to recycle or reuse 70%-90% of materials that are typically dumped into our overflowing landfills. And when you consider that the cost is competitive, it’s both responsible and practical.

If you think about it, the question isn’t really “why deconstruct?”

It’s “why not?”

DECONSTRUCTING WITH “PIECE BY PIECE DECONSTRUCTION”

They specialize in whole house deconstruction throughout Massachusetts and the New York Hudson River Valley. They are reliable, safe, licensed and insured. And are a member of the BMRA, America’s largest deconstruction trade organization.

Piece by Piece Deconstruction is owned and operated by David Giese, a highly-skilled expert in the deconstruction of properties.

DECONSTRUCTING AN ENTIRE BUILDING, PIECE BY PIECE

In 2010, David Giese was Foreman of a crew that deconstructed a barn in Newton, MA. The job followed a typical workflow, beginning with the salvage of interior fixtures and architectural elements, then removal of the siding, roof, walls, flooring and finally, structural beams and posts.

The job took four weeks to break the building down to the foundation. All told, 83% of the structure was saved for reuse or recycling—more than 45 tons of materials.

Recently, a group of Students from Harvard, Graduate School of Design came to the site of the First Passive Home being built by Auburndale Builders. Here

David Giese with Students from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

David Giese with Students from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

David Giese conducted a tour of a house that is to be deconstructed in the future.  He leads the students through the various aspects of deconstruction including how to recognize valuable woods from another, what to do with different building features, Windows, Doors, etc. After completing the tour, they continued to the passive house, where Mike Dutra our Auburndale Builder’s Project Manager gave an in-depth tour to the students.

Earlier we mentioned deconstruction of a barn in Newton, MA.  If you’d like to see the process, click on this link:

http://www.piecebypiecedecon.com/projects.html

Until next time,
Nick Falkoff, General Manager, Auburndale Builders