Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse on Long Island is the systematic dismantlement of building materials and building components, specifically for reuse, recycling, and waste management. It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building materials by the most expedient means and a majority of the demolished building materials are hauled to an overburdened Long Island landfill for waste disposal.
Building Deconstruction is also referred to as "construction in reverse" or "Last On, First Off (LOFO) Construction". Deconstruction is new by name, but not by practice, as the recovery and reuse of building materials in order to build new structures is as old as buildings themselves. Material reusemight be considered one of the "original" green building techniques, along with the use of local building materials.
In the pre-industrial era, conservation of building materials was driven by the high intensity of the labor effort required to harvest and prepare them. Material reuse provided an economic advantage. In the mid-to-late 20th century, the emergence of machine-made and mass-produced building materials, chemically complicated materials, and the relatively low cost of oil allowed this basic idea of "waste not, want not" to fall from usage in the creation of built environment.
Buildings, like everything, have a life-cycle. Building Deconstruction focuses on giving the building materials within a structure a new life once the structure as a whole can no longer continue.
Building materials and components within old buildings may still be valuable, sometimes more valuable than at the time the building was constructed. Building Deconstruction is a method of harvesting what is commonly considered waste and reclaiming it into useful building materials, or for recycling.
Advanced Restoration Corporation strives to recycle or reclaim for reuse
about 80% of the old structures building materials.
By accomplishing our goals in the Building Deconstruction process we can :
Save Long Island home and building owners expensive debris hauling and waste disposal costs
Enable the Long Island property owners to earn a significant tax deduction for the donations of their used building materials
Save an already overburdened New York or Long Island landfill from unnecessary demolition and construction waste