Once in a while, a building needs to come down to pave the way for another. This is especially in prime space where more space needs to be created vertically. Demolitions are also a good way of modifying residential buildings without pulling them down. Whatever kind of demolition that is needed, it is crucial to follow the correct demolition process to ensure the safety of those doing the demolition, bystanders, and nearby property. If you are planning on a demolition, what is the correct demolition process?
Assessing The Demolition Needs
What kind of demolition is needed, partial or complete? If partial demolition is to be done, what use of the building is planned? This is all needs to be known beforehand for the demolition to be fast and efficient. If the building is to remain in use, the demolition should be scheduled to fit the schedules of those using the building. This is more so for a commercial building.
Planning The Demolition
The goal of any demolition is to complete the work efficiently and without harm or damage to people or property. There are factors that need to be taken into account. These include the size of the building, the materials used and the location of the building.
The way of doing the demolition must also be taken into account. These methods include:
- Crane and ball
The method of demolition is important to plan for, because this will show the kind of equipment that will be needed, the safety precautions to put in place, the kind of debris that will come from the demolition, and how the cleaning up should be done. The costs can also be projected easier.
No demolition job can be carried out without a permit. Doing so can bring on legal consequences including hefty fines. For a permit to be processed, it must fulfill some requirements including:
- Service disconnection request form
- Public tree disclosure agreement
- Asbestos abatement form
- Letter of authorization from the landowner
- Color photos of the front and rear of the building to be demolished
- Site plan of the existing building
- A public protection site safety plan for buildings that are above 5 storeys
- A weather forecast of the demolition day
- Clearance for heritage designation
Demolition Site Preparation
Site preparation ensures that all the necessary safety precautions have been put in place.
The actual demotion is done under the strictest safety conditions. Sometimes backup demolition is done to complete the job properly.
Demolition Clean up
Clearing the debris from the site is done to ensure the site is ready for next phase of development.