What Is Selective Demolition?

More than five decades of experience has given us the delicate touch required to handle residential demolition. In a selective demolition, we use a strategic breakdown plan to save and re-purpose materials as they’re removed from the structure. If any residential structure needs to be re-purposed, this is the greenest way to do it.

Benefits of Selective Demolition

Sometimes a building is going through major changes that don’t require it to be demolished. However, portions of it may need to be. That is where residential selective demolition comes into play. It is exactly what it sounds like – partial demolition of a building to make room for new functionality in a home, whether that be a new space or space for a new part of the structure.

Reduced Waste

No matter what, some waste from demolition will end up in landfills or other waste accumulation areas. However, here at Downright Demolition, we tailor all of our demolition services around recycling as much material as possible. With our Edmonton selective demolition service, this becomes even easier as the total amount of materials we have to sift through is reduced.

Lower Carbon Footprint

As our industry shifts towards practices that protect our environment and lower carbon footprints, selective demolition is a great way to achieve these goals. Not only is protecting our environment and lowering your carbon footprint good for our environment, it can also stand as an enticing feature for potential customers of your business.

Maximized Efficiency

When a business owner hires out to a professional for a job, they want to know that their money isn’t going to waste. Once we’ve determined that your building’s structure is sound, tearing it down would be exactly that: a waste. Use your money where you need it, and go with interior selective demolition when possible.

Good Candidates for Selective Demolition

  • Interior remodels and renovations
  • Asbestos removal and the abatement of other hazardous materials
  • Building relocation
  • Site remediation
  • A building that needs alterations
  • A proposed project that meets a municipality’s zoning regulations and building codes
  • Preparing a building for construction work
  • Extending a building
  • Large, heavily fortified buildings
  • Preserving a historic building

How Selective Demolition Works

The process for our Edmonton interior selective demolition service is straightforward.

It starts with information gathering and project planning, where we go over the building, project plan, survey materials, determine what is salvageable, etc.

Next, we begin the code review process wherein we ensure that we are up to municipal, provincial, and federal codes, which may include limitations on things such as building height, building area, or accessibility.

Building preparation is then necessary as many buildings undergoing selective demolition retain their operative functions. Contractors will cap pipes, turn off HVAC systems, ensure safety of project, etc.

Site stripping is the next step, which involves protecting special components of the building as well as removing all nonstructural materials, including furniture, appliances, windows, fixtures, etc.

After all this setup, the actual interior selective demolition begins.

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