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Commercial Demolition FAQs: What You Should Know

Taking on a commercial demolition project is a huge undertaking and must be carefully planned and executed. Researching to find the right demolition company is vital to ensure that the project gets done safely and efficiently. You may have several construction questions regarding commercial demolition. And it’s important to take in as much knowledge as you can before hiring a contractor. 

Commercial Demolition Basics 

Finding out as much information as possible before hiring a commercial demolition contractor is essential because you want to ask the right questions to find out how experienced the team is. We can start with the basics. Here are some answers to your commercial demolition questions: 

What does demolition mean? 

Demolition is the process of dismantling a structure, clearing the site, and recycling and salvaging the materials left over. There can be interior demolition, which is pulling out carpets and removing walls for interior reconstruction. And there can be partial demolitions if only part of the building needs to be removed. 

What is a commercial demolition? 

Commercial demolition consists of taking down commercial buildings such as hotels, hospitals, and malls and clearing the land to build a new structure. Demolition contractors are highly skilled, and the equipment required for a demolition project are loaders, cranes, wrecking balls, and for specialized projects – explosives. 

What qualifications are needed to perform professional demolition?

  • Insurance
  • WSIB
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Working at Heights

What’s the difference between demolition and deconstruction?

As the recycling rates from both conventional demolition and deconstruction are generally about the same, often close to 90% of the material on a project site, the major difference between the two processes tends to be that deconstruction is usually much more labor-intensive than conventional demolition where a considerable amount equipment and technology is used. Deconstruction involves the hand dismantlement of potential recyclables and therefore in addition to be more labor intensive can be more time consuming than convention structural demolition that utilizes heavy equipment, specialized attachments and recycling equipment. The goal of both demolition and deconstruction is the same, to maximize the amount of marketable recycled material generated on a project site.Asbestos and Demolition

Asbestos is an insulating and sound attenuating product that is used as pipe and ceiling insulation, sprayed-on fireproofing, and a variety of other uses. It can also be contained in flooring, roofing materials and some cement products. Overexposure to asbestos can cause health problems. Asbestos abatement, the safe removal of asbestos, is a major part of the demolition process. It is highly regulated and its safe handling and disposal is a major segment of the demolition market.

Friable and Non-Friable Asbestos

One major component of the U.S. EPA’s Asbestos standard deals with the issue of whether a material contains friable or non-friable asbestos. The National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos (NESHAP) defines friability as the ability to crush or pulverize with hand pressure to determine whether potential asbestos-containing material (ACM) can become airborne and therefore respirable when it is handled or disturbed. If a material is determined to be non-friable it may be able to be disposed of as non-asbestos containing, dependent upon individual state or municipal asbestos regulations.

If you come up with more questions about what a demolition project might involve, feel free to call the professional team of experts at Environmental Construction Group (ECG), who will be glad to help you with any doubt about a project you have in mind.

We are ECG, we are safety first.

This field definitely needs some expert hands and skill. So, have you decided on what type of project you need? Make sure you research on this for a while before coming up with a decision.

We pride ourselves in providing Demolition, Abatement and Environmental Services you can depend on. (Concrete cutting, coring, green demolition, disinfection and sterilization cleaning services, asbestos abatement and more)

Contact us to get started on your next project, Call us: 562-438-7999.