If you have a structure demolished make sure you make considerations about what kind of backfill you use. If you plan to dig another basement immediately after demolition you do not need to worry about backfill. In this case you would need to have construction plans first in order for us to get you a demolition permit (stay tuned for an upcoming blog post regarding permitting in Indianapolis and other areas). If you are never going to build back on area where structure once stood you can use a less expensive type of fill. However, if you do plan on building back in same are you need to use structured backfill and may want to consider having material tested by a 3rd party environmental company.
We recently completed a residential demolition project where we salvaged 1,300 sq. ft. of hardwood floors, 20 windows, 2 air conditioners, 2 window air conditioners, counters-tops, kitchen cabinets, 3 commodes, doors, a water filtration system and a furnace. All salvaged material went to a re-sale shop and/or will be reused. We also recycled 5,785 lbs. of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. There are multiple strategies that go into performing a residential green demolition project. Your budget and the structure you want demolished are the key drivers in choosing and implementing the right strategy.