The market for green building and green design has grown dramatically in the past five years. Education, products, and service providers are now readily available throughout the traditional construction market. However, until recently, there has not been the same attention to finding a sustainable alternative to home demolition. Building on more than 15 years experience in material salvage and reuse, Second Use is responding to these needs and expanding its line of services to include complete building removal.


Did you know....?

If 25% of the buildings demolished every year were deconstructed, around 20 million tons of debris could be diverted from landfills.

What Services do we Offer?

Moving a house. In some cases, it makes sense to avoid demolition entirely and move a house intact to a new location -- to reuse the whole structure. Generally speaking, this option is most applicable in situations where the structure is near a navigable shoreline or an available lot. While housemoving is not viable in all cases, it tends to be a low cost option that preserves historic and environmental value.

Green Demolition. Even when time and budget constraints are tight, it is still possible to obtain high rates of material recovery. In this case, Second Use would do a pre-demolition salvage to quickly remove reusable fixtures from a home, followed by mechanized demolition. Debris is taken to a C&D debris collection facility with a very high (90+%) recycling rate.

Deconstruction (Full or Partial). Deconstruction is the process of manually breaking down a structure in order to recover the largest percentage of materials for reuse. This tends to take more time and cost more than standard demolition, but it delivers the highest level of materials recovery. Depending on the customers' needs and budget, the dismantling process may be partially mechanized to decrease time and expense.

Why Second Use is Different

Second Use will provide documentation of your job's recovery rates, including an environmental impact calculation that demonstrates what you saved compared to traditional demolition. This documentation may also help you earn points toward LEED or BuiltGreen Certification. In addition, we will help you take advantage of recent legislative changes that expedite permits for projects with high recovery rates.

Typically, ensuring and documenting material reuse and recycling rates does cost slightly more than traditional “crunch and dump” demolition. On the other hand, it isn't always necessary to take every piece of a building apart by hand to ensure a high level of materials recovery. Second Use will match the scope of a project to the needs of the client, in terms of environmental impact, time frame, and budget. This approach provides flexibility in order to provide the best value.

Make your Demo Project Greener!

Are you beginning a building project that requires removal of a building? Contact us to discuss more environmentally friendly options that fit your needs.

EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm 

Second Use is proud to announce that we are now a U.S. EPA Lead-Safe certified firm. As of April 22, 2010, federal law requires that renovation firms be certified under EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule.  Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.  The new rules are aimed at preventing lead poisoning in repair, renovation, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978. Certified contractors are trained in containing the work area, minimizing dust, and cleaning the area thoroughly.

Click here to learn more about the EPA's Lead-Safe certification program and regulations.