Local team does deconstruction Extreme Home Makeover style

If I were to take a poll, I bet that nine out of 10 people have seen at least one episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (commonly called ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover). I have now worked on two episodes and the most recent one was the first time ever in seven seasons that they have allowed a group to completely disassemble a home to the ground. I was asked to fly out and help deconstruct a 2,700-square-foot, two-story home in 15 hours, and that is exactly what we did.

Crews gather to re-make a home!
I won’t spoil the show by giving out details, but I can say that it opened the door to reusing materials in the new building and in the surrounding neighborhood. That my friends, is exactly what Extreme Home Makeover did! They immediately found ways to incorporate the materials in their plans and much of the lumber will never be more than a block away from the property. It is true that the show has its critics. Many of them complain to me that it glorifies demolition. If I had a TV, I would watch the show on a regular basis, but the few episodes I have seen do make demolition look ‘fun’.

Hopefully, we have opened the door for them on alternatives to demolition. Each show I watch seems to have a growing focus on green building and this might be the next step for them. Given the tight timeframe allowed for demolition and site work until now, they really haven’t had a choice. Our industry offered them no solutions given their extreme situation. For me, this is all part of the path toward making green building a mainstream choice, systematically pursuing projects that we couldn’t touch years ago, until we become an option for anyone interested. Over the last 16+ years working in the green building field, I have realized that my work consists of one part natural resource conservation, one part reduced energy demand and two parts basically helping people. This is the path of Extreme Home Makeover, so keep watching and encouraging them to raise the bar higher, because that is exactly, what I plan to do.

A picture of the home\'s foundation

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One thought on “Local team does deconstruction Extreme Home Makeover style

  1. Jasper

    Another building saved from demolition will, in the new year, become the research and manufacturing centre of
    SolarUK, the company behind the LaZer2 solar hot water system.

    The original building housed a vehicle training facility in the Midlands. Instead of being demolished, it was purchased by a SolarUK director via Ebay and transported to East Sussex; not even the door handles went to waste.

    In addition, rainwater is going to be collected in a moat and recycled throughout the building, and hot water will be supplied by LaZer2 trackers.

    You can see a couple of construction photos here:
    http://www.solaruk.com/newfactory/.

    It just shows what can be done. And that there’s nothing that can’t be found on Ebay.

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