Property Damage & Disaster Restoration Blog: Long Island & New York City

Earth Day Survey: Most Small Businesses Want To Go Green

Posted on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 @ 08:45 AM


go green,long island,earth day,small business,small businesses,environment,eco friendly

The Huffington Post  |  By Alicia Ciccone Posted: 04/19/2012 12:00 pm Updated: 04/19/2012 12:00 pm

With Earth Day approaching, on April 22, a new survey shows that the majority of small businesses are trying to go greener.

The survey by Office Depot found that 61 percent of small businesses say they are stepping up their eco-friendly efforts.

The poll of more than 1,000 small and medium sized businesses showed that 70 percent are planning to green up their operations within the next two years. While most companies (82 percent) are decreasing their footprint by recycling, 61 percent are investing in energy-efficient products, 43 percent are using non-toxic products and 39 percent are reducing water usage.

While many companies are interested in incorporating green processes and products, 39 percent said they are being held back by cost concerns and 21 percent claim a lack of options.

Topping the wish list of products that businesses would like to be greener:

  • Ink and toner cartridges (60 percent)
  • Paper products (55 percent)
  • Cleaning chemicals (53 percent)
  • Electronics (35 percent)
  • Writing instruments (23 percent)
  • Desk accessories (18 percent)
  • Furniture (16 percent)

Tags: long island, earth day, small business, eco, environment, go green, eco-friendly

Experts: Brush Fires Necessary For Environment On Long Island

Posted on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

MANORVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — With large wildfires scorching the landscape and darkening the sky over parts of Long Island this month, scientists said it’s a recurring problem and residents will have to get used to them.

“This is a fire-dependent ecosystem. It has to burn to survive,” said Richard Amper of the L.I. Pine Barens Society.

Fire ripped through 1,100 acres of Long Island pine barren, damaging homes and businesses even as it cleared away years of accumulated forest ground clutter.

However, in some ways, we were the victims of our own firefighting success. The blaze wouldn’t have been as damaging if we hadn’t been as effective at extinguishing previous fires, experts told CBS 2′s Lou Young.

“Most of the woods here haven’t burned for 60 years and that is why it was so intense,” Amper said.

Asked if we can expect more of the same, “we are certain of it,” he said.

Forestry scientists said it’s best to burn sections of the landscape on purpose before a wildfire can sweep through, but after decades of neglect, more controlled burn that what is currently done is necessary.

“It ranges from three to five burns a year with a total of about 100 acres a year,” said Bill Fonda of the New York State DEC.

Conservationists argue that if the state increases the burns by a factor of 10, they might be getting somewhere – a hard sell in cash-strapped Albany.

“It’s difficult, it’s complicated and it’s expensive, these field treatments, but it’s like an insurance policy. It could be more expensive if you have a wildfire,” said Marilyn Jordan of the Nature Conservancy.

In dry, windy conditions, it is only a matter of time.

The biggest wildfire in New York State history took place on Long Island in 1995. It scorched 6,000 acres before it was brought under control.


Tags: long island, fire, wildfires, environment, fires, brush fires, pine barrons

TODAY Has Been Declared an Air Quality Action Day!

Posted on Fri, Jun 04, 2010 @ 10:31 AM

An Air Quality Action Day is forecast in our
region for today (Friday, June 4, 2010).

The New York State Department of Transportation has declared that
today (Friday, June 4, 2010) is an Air Quality Action
Day in the downstate metro area due to forecasted high levels of
ground-level ozone pollution in parts of the region (please visit
the Clean Air NY Web site for more information While
today is still a day when people can go about most of
their normal activities, such as going to work, driving may be
one of the most polluting activities that you do today, and we
encourage everyone to leave their cars at home if possible.

Ground-level ozone is a respiratory irritant that can trigger
asthma attacks and aggravate emphysema, bronchitis and other
respiratory ailments. Children, people with pre-existing
respiratory or heart conditions, people doing strenuous outdoor
work or exercise and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to
the effects of ozone.

Here are several simple steps you can take on Air Quality Action
Days to prevent pollution:

Combine errands into a single trip, rather than separate trips.
This can help save time and reduce the amount of pollution
emitted from your vehicle.

Take the subway, bus or train when possible.

Postpone unnecessary trips.

Avoiding motor vehicle trips on Air Quality Action Days will prevent the formation of air pollution.

Refuel your vehicle in the evening when it's cooler outside.

Avoid letting your vehicle idle, such as at the fast food or bank
teller drive-thru.

Postpone using gas-powered gardening equipment such as lawn
mowers on Air Quality Action Days. Wait for a day when air
quality is better.

Forward this message to your family and friends.

To learn more about improving air quality or if you were
forwarded this message and want us to send updates to your own
e-mail address, visit or call 1-877-ILUVAIR

Clean Air NY is sponsored by the New York State Department of
Transportation in support of regionwide air-quality efforts.

511NY is New York State's official traffic and travel info
source. Whether you drive or take public transit, click here for
precisely what you need, or simply dial 511 on your phone.

Follow Clean Air NY on Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger.

You received this update because you provided your contact
information to Clean Air NY. To ensure delivery, please be sure
to add to your e-mail address book or safe
1-877-ILUVAIR (1-877-458-8247)
342 Broadway
Suite 404
New York, NY 10013

Tags: air quality, environmental, advanced restoration, clean air, environment, contents cleaning

From - Building Deconstruction

Posted on Wed, May 26, 2010 @ 12:55 AM,building deconstruction,building material reuse

March 30, 2010 - Phil Waier, PE, LEED AP

A component of the “Green” movement is building deconstruction. Rather than demolishing a structure and delivering the debris to landfill, building deconstruction provides for the careful removal and reuse or recycling of building materials. The materials can be stored and reused on the existing site thus eliminating transportation charges. The alternative is to sell or donate the deconstructed materials.

Typical materials considered for deconstruction include the following:

  • Interior doors and frames
  • Structural framing
  • Casework
  • Brick masonry
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Wood strip flooring
  • Roof sheathing boards and metal roofing

The decision to deconstruct is based upon several factors; the first is a site assessment. This involves evaluating the materials based upon type, quality level and condition, quality and installation method. Another aspect of site assessment is the adequacy of the site to store and clean/process the materials. The second consideration is the potential market for the materials if they are not being reused for the project. The current price for new materials must be compared to the potentials sale price of the deconstructed material. That price is based upon the condition and quality of the deconstructed material. The presence of local salvage retailers and the ability to market and cost of transporting the materials is also a consideration. Safety is a key concern in the planning and executing of a deconstruction project.

Aside from the LEED incentives/credits for deconstruction there are a number of other reasons to deconstruct.

  • Newer replacement materials may be scarce or of lesser quality. An example is the structural timbers used in many old mill buildings. These timbers are frequently larger and longer that those commercially available today. Also their old growth strength is greater than wood from newer forests.
  • Demolition disposal costs continue to escalate as solid waste land fills are closed and new land fills are plagued by permitting issues.
  • Commodities such as steel, copper and aluminum are becoming more expensive and substantial energy can be saved by recycling.

A final consideration in building deconstruction is schedule. The deconstruction process is more labor intensive than demolition, therefore time must be provided in the construction schedule to allow for the process.

In the final analysis the cost, time, and environmental considerations will be the determining factors.

Tags: environmental, building material reuse,, environment, building deconstruction, donate, salvaged materials

Deconstructing Long Island's Construction & Demolition Waste

Posted on Fri, Feb 05, 2010 @ 12:57 PM

When buildings reach the end of their useful life, they are typically demolished and hauled to landfills.  Building implosions or ‘wrecking-ball' style demolitions are relatively inexpensive and offer a quick method of clearing sites for new structures. On the other hand, these methods create substantial amounts of waste. 

The demolition and renovation of buildings in the U.S. produces 124,670,000 tons of debris each year, according to the Deconstruction Institute. That's an awful lot when you consider that just one 2,000-square-foot wood-frame home has the potential to yield 6,000-board-feet of reusable lumber or about 85 percent of the wood framing.  That house, demolished and sent to a landfill, amounts to about 127 tons of trashed materials or about 10,000 cubic feet of debris.  This is equivalent to 33 mature trees, or the yearly output of 10 acres of planted pine (7 football fields).  Wood frame houses are good examples, since 95 percent of all houses are built that way.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 270,000 residential units are demolished in the U.S annually.  Much of that demolition debris goes into landfills.  In this country, according the EPA, building debris (in total, not just from residential units) accounts for one-third of all solid waste, and an estimated 91 percent of that comes from renovation and demolition.  We can estimate that for every 3 square feet of deconstruction, enough lumber can be salvaged to build 1 square foot of new construction. At this rate, if deconstruction replaced residential demolition, the US could generate enough recovered wood to construct 120,000 new affordable homes each year.

Some states, including California and Massachusetts, are enacting bans, taking steps to divert up to 60% of the construction waste from landfills.  In Chicago, the city has ordinances which require almost half of the construction debris be diverted from landfills.  Thanks to some forward-thinking insurance companies who now offer a "green" policy, coverage for recycling and deconstruction costs are now a reality on some insurance policies.

Construction & Debris (C & D) Waste Facts

In 1978, there were approximately 20,000 landfills. By 1988, that number had dropped to 5,499. Currently the figure stands at 3,091. The EPA estimates that as of the 2008, only 1,234 landfills were available. 

Only 3 active landfills on Long Island as of 2009.

All landfills will eventually fail and leak leachate into ground and surface water. Plastics are not inert. State-of-the-art plastic (HDPE) landfill liners (1/10 inch or 100 mils thick) and plastic pipes allow chemicals and gases to pass through their membranes, become brittle, swell, and breakdown. 

"...82% of surveyed landfill cells had leaks while 41% had a leak area of more than 1 square feet," according to Leak Location Services, Inc. (LLSI) website (March 15, 2000).

All landfills could require remediation, but particularly landfills built in the last 60 years will require a thorough clean-up due to the disposal of highly toxic chemicals manufactured and sold since the 1940's.

The U.S. generated 143.5 million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris in 2008, but only 28% (40.2 million tons) was reused, recycled or sent to waste-to-energy facilities.

Consider that one year's debris is enough to build a wall about 30 feet high and 30 feet thick around the entire coast of the continental United States (4,993 miles).

How much do your building projects impact these numbers? Consider the following:

  • The average new construction project yields 3.9 pounds of waste per square foot of building area. Example: A 50,000-square-foot building = 97.5 tons of waste.
  • The average building demolition yields 155 pounds of waste per square foot. Example:A 50,000-square-foot building = 3,875 tons of waste.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, a typical 2,200 sq.ft. home requires 13,000 board feet of framing lumber.  If laid end to end, that framing lumber would stretch 2.5 miles.

If all the dimensional lumber used to build the 1.2 million new homes constructed in the United State each year were laid end to end, it would extend 3 million miles, the equivalent of going to the moon and back six and a half times.


Tags: long island green homes, long island, green building, demolition waste, construction and demolition waste, waste, advanced restoration, advanced restoration corporation, environment, building deconstruction, building deconstruction long island, green construction, build green, sustainable practices, c & d waste

Building Deconstruction On Long Island

Posted on Thu, Feb 04, 2010 @ 09:15 PM

What Is Building Deconstruction?

Building deconstruction is the systematic dismantlement of building materials and building components, specifically for re-use, 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 materials are hauled to a landfill for 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 materials in order to build new structures is as old as buildings themselves. Reuse of materials might be considered one of the "original" green building techniques, along with the use of local materials.

In the pre-industrial era, building material conservation was driven by the high intensity of the labor effort required to harvest and prepare them. Reuse of materials provided an economic advantage. In the mid-to-late 20th century, the emergence of machine-made and mass-produced 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. Deconstruction focuses on giving the building materials within a building a new life once the building 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.  Deconstruction is a method of harvesting what is commonly considered "waste" and reclaiming it into useful building material.  In the process, Advanced Restoration Corp. seeks to recycle or reclaim for re-use a majority of the structure, save the property owner expensive debris hauling and disposal costs, and enable the donors to earn a significant tax deduction for their donations.

For More Information Please Visit Our Other Web Pages:

Deconstruction: The 1st Phase In Sustainable Building

Deconstructing Construction and Demolition (C & D) Waste

Long Island's Economic Benefits of Building Deconstruction

Long Island's Environmental Benefits of Building Deconstruction

Long Island's Social and Community Benefits




Tags: long island green homes, long island, green, green building, advanced restoration, advanced restoration corporation, environment, building deconstruction, building deconstruction long island, green construction, build green, sustainable practices

Will an Emergency Shut You Down?

Posted on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 @ 01:35 PM

A professional facility manager or property owner does not question the possibility of a disaster, but asks “what could happen, and when?”

Whether it is a natural disaster such as severe storms, floods or earthquakes, or the far more common man-made emergencies which include fire, smoke, pipe burst or structural damage, a well prepared manager/owner is ready to handle these types of problems and has a business continuity plan in place.

Pre-Select a Restoration Contractor!

Pre-selecting a multi-faceted restoration contractor is a critical part of any written Emergency Procedure plan. The day after a disaster, when the management team is under incredible stress, is not the time to search for a restoration contractor or emergency response contractor.

Be Prepared, Plan Ahead!

Advanced Restoration, a DKI member company, provides the following:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response
  • Full Service Property Damage Restoration
  • Experience, Expertise & Technology

Don't wait for an emergency to select your emergency contractor. Look for the best service and for the contractor who's willing to work with you when your disaster strikes...even if it's Christmas Eve or a Sunday night.

As a full service restoration company, Advanced Restoration is capable of handling major damage to a structure, including:

Water Damage Mitigation

Mold Remediation

Fire & Smoke Damage

Board-Up and Tarping

Complete Reconstruction

Start protecting your investments today! Call Advanced Restoration, a DKI Member Company that is ready to partner with you. Telephone: (800) 693-6263. Advanced Restoration services the New York Metro area, including Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Tags: disaster, fire restoration, dki, advanced restoration, long island water damage, mold remediation, reconstruction, restoration, emergency service, restoration company, environment, water leaks

Going Green Around the Holidays

Posted on Tue, Dec 09, 2008 @ 03:19 PM

Every day, more and more Long Island businesses and homeowners are "going green" in order to provide a healthier environment for residents of Nassau & Suffolk County.

The world has a fixed amount of natural resources, some of which are already depleted. So as population growth greatly strains our finite resources, there are fewer resources available. If we intend to leave our children with the same standard of living we have today, we must preserve the foundation of that standard of living. Saving clean air, water, fuel sources and soil for future generations is essential, and everyone needs to start thinking green.

Some of the greatest threats to future resources come from things we throw away everyday. Household batteries and electronics often contain dangerous chemicals that may, if sent to a local landfill, leak through the bottom barrier and pollute the groundwater. This can contaminate everything from the soil in which our food grows, to the water which will eventually come out of aquifers and into our tap water. Many of these chemicals cannot be removed from the drinking water supply, nor from the crops that are harvested from contaminated fields. The risks to human health are tremendous and educating the public will help to alleviate those risks.

Simple ways to increase the energy efficiency of a home during the building or remodeling process include:

Turn off unnecessary lights , indoors and outdoors, to conserve electricity. Install lighting timers or sensors to automatically turn off lights when not needed.

High-Efficiency Heating/Cooling System
Installing high efficiency heating and cooling equipment also conserves electricity. Use programmable thermostats to minimize energy use, especially when no one is home.

High-Efficiency Windows and Appliances
High-efficiency windows reduce heating and cooling costs by minimizing the impact the outside environment has on a home.

Low-Water Consumption Fixtures
Low-consumption or dual-flush toilets, low-consumption or waterless urinals, and low-flow bathroom, sink and shower faucets all help to reduce water use.

Fluorescent Bulbs
Using compact, fluorescent bulbs use less power and last longer than conventional bulbs.

Advanced Restoration recently joined various green organizations and is looking to explore green relationships in New York with other business entities.

Tags: 203(k) loan, remodeling, fire restoration, floods, ny water damage company, puffbacks, restoration companies, water damage restoration, mold, groundwater, black mold, puff-back, advanced restoration, advanced restoration corporation, long island water damage, mold remediation, reconstruction, restoration, suffolk county restoration, water extraction, homeowner tips, restoration company, environment, home repair, resources, frozen pipes, water, go green, water use

Insurance Journal