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Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling
( 6 Votes )
Written by VCC   
Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

We have all seen them: large mounds, almost mountain like for a Midwesterner.  They are landfill sites, often covered with seagulls.  Bulldozers move back and forth ad nauseam, seemingly busy with some important task. Such landfills appear far too often in our urban landscape and have become a fixture in the modern American mind.

The 2003 EPA estimate of solid waste generated in the construction and demolition industry is 170 million tons. This is huge! Of this waste, 39% comes from residential construction and 61% from non-residential construction.  With the environment at a tipping point, this is a problem that needs to be faced.

 
CONSTRUCTION DETAILS communicating what is important to you
( 2 Votes )
Written by VCC   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:59

It is crucial for you to communicate to your contractor all the aspects of your project that are important to you. You may want to write a list to remember to discuss each of these items. They could be as minute as how to protect the rest of your home or business from dust, or something you deeply believe in like building "green".

Requesting specific brand name products that you have researched or heard good things about may also be valuable.  Who will move the piano out of harms way?  What time will the workmen start in the morning? Can the general contractor access the project through the side door to interfere less with day to day life?

What if you want to build "green"? Does your builder know which materials are sustainable? What do they know about more efficient light fixtures and daylighting?  Are there more efficient plumbing fixtures, furnaces or insulation options?

Another topic that seems important to many of us is buying American. This can effect everything on your project from nails to windows. More importantly it effects your neighbors, your communities and your country by providing jobs. Research has shown that there is only a slight cost difference to "buy American"

The value of communication can not be overstated. It smooths the way for a good schedule, an accurate budget and great results. Good communication will get you what you want and not leave you disappointed in the end when things don't turn out as you had expected.

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