Why the Demolition Industry is so Important to our Future
Life is about evolution. The beauty of it is that everything around us changes over time–the trees, animals, humans, even the elements central to our survival like food and lodging change over time. It’s about letting go of the old to make room for the new. And when it comes to building and construction, demolition is just as important as construction. The demolition industry is a central part of the evolutionary process of construction. In simplest terms, the demolition industry has to be around to help modernize the buildings that we work and live in today.
Misconceptions About the Demolition Industry
It’s not all about blowing things up and destroying buildings. The demolition industry is also responsible for helping us preserve historical monuments and structures. There are a lot of misconceptions associated with the demolition industry and what it is that they do. Some people may hold the idea that the business of demolition is dangerous, expensive and bad for the environment. Demolition can be dangerous work, but when it is done in a controlled environment, the risk lowers of mishaps and accidents that could otherwise take place.
In fact, when it comes to misconceptions and myths about demolition, quite the opposite is true. According to the National Demolition Association, implosions only count for about one percent of all demolition projects. It’s not always about complete destruction either. Many projects require workers to deconstruct by hand or use tools or machines that make demolition less destructive.
This also helps workers and demolition businesses salvage old building materials that can be recycled and used for something else. And this eco-conscious process isn’t anything new. Businesses in the demolition industry have been using this practice for years because it can help cut costs of other construction projects. Being able to cut down on waste is a welcomed bonus. However, there are many companies that are making revolutionary moves in demolition tech by discovering more environmentally friendly ways to make the demolition process safer (more on that below).
Demolition businesses also work to renovate and restore, so that old buildings and structures of importance can retain their historic value without causing harm or posing potential dangers to the people who visit them. As buildings get older, they become much more susceptible to structural problems and weathering. Demolition crews can work with business and home owners to preserve the historic integrity of the property while making it safer and giving the structure much-needed upgrades.
This industry can also play an integral part in disaster relief. After a natural disaster or accident that causes a structure to become unstable or fall apart, specialized demolition crews can aid in the clean-up and repair processes. There were many demolition contractors involved in the repair process after disasters like 9/11 and the removal of debris after natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes.
These contractors helped remove unstable structures after an accident and clear harmful debris that may have filled the area. It’s a hard task, but a very important part of rebuilding a community both physically and emotionally after disaster strikes.
Paving the Way for a Brighter Tomorrow
As stated above, demolition isn’t just about destruction – it’s about reparation, healing and assisting in the process of evolution. Everything evolves, even the demolition process. It seems so simple in concept; something needs to be destroyed so you tear it down. What could be so hard or complicated about that? What has to change?
There are always special situations and circumstances that require certain types of deconstruction. Plus, there are always risks involved whenever demolition is involved, controlled or not. Luckily, there has been a lot of progress made in technology that makes the process safer and more efficient.
Drones that can scale buildings to detect structural problems and shrinking buildings are just a few ways that the demolition and construction industry are redefining what it means to “demolish” something. Everyday it seems that people have found new ways to use drones and incorporate them into various jobs. A Japanese company known as PRODRONE designed a drone that can scale walls and ceilings to detect for damages. Its L-shape allows it to stick to walls more readily to inspect them. The shrinking building? It actually shrinks…in a way. Developers in Japan created a method that allows the demolition of a tall building by collapsing it floor by floor, starting from the top. As floors are disassembled, the building is lowered floor by floor using jacks that are placed in the columns that holds up the roof of the top floor. During a regular demolition process involving a skyscraper or another tall building, the roof of the building is open. However, in the shrinking building, the roof is closed, and it cuts down on the sound and debris that would usually be released during demolition. As an observer, no one would be able to tell that a building was being demolished from the appearance. It’s a very clever way to cut down on debris and hazards caused by demolition.
In conclusion, construction and destruction are equally important parts of the building and development process. But, it’s also important to note that the demolition industry isn’t just about destroying things. It’s an important part of developing and repairing communities and thus is an essential part of our survival and our futures.