In doing all the planning for the sustainable rehab, it’s been determined that much of the old plaster and lathe will need to come down. Much of this is due to design changes and much is do to the horrible insulation behind the original materials. The roof, for example, has straw hay for insulation. I can only imagine the R-value is 1 or 2. That’s Bad News for energy efficiency.
Anyhow, as demo has started, I’ve begun thinking about sustainable demo and did some research. As with much of my sustainable building research, the most modern techniques/resources are not in the U.S. Most are in Australia/New Zealand, U.K. or even Canada. Seems all these places are more concerned about their resources and energy efficiency than we are.
So here are the sources:
2. New Zealand Sustainable Demo information
And here’s a nice New Zealand guide to Eco Friendly building
Through my own planning, the architect’s recommendations and ideas from various online sources, I have a modest list of ways which I’m hoping will reduce the environmental impact of my demolition.
1. Reusing old trim, baseboards, doors and hardware – though we’re going for a more modern house, we’re trying very hard to use every bit of the old house.
2. Deconstructing walls carefully to save any studs for reuse.
3. Carefully dissecting the crappy additions the previous owner had and saving those for donation or use in a rental or somewhere.
4. Saving the windows we don’t like for our garage.
5. Keeping the workplace clean and safe, so as to not have any injuries.
6. Pulling out the batts of insulation the previous owner added in the crappy addition for use elsewhere.
7. Saving all light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, connectors, etc.
8. Selling the clay tile roof pieces that we’re not reusing.
I know these are small and obvious steps, but someone with less patience probably would have come in and just ripped everything apart.
Let me know if you have more ideas. My main pieces of waste will be, drywall, plaster, lathe boards, ceramic tile floor, and some white siding.