Green Techniques will be better for our community
BALTIMORE, MD (April 4, 2014) - Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is proud to announce that Baltimore Housing will be launching a new deconstruction pilot program that will promote job training and building material reuse when demolishing blighted properties.
"This pilot program will not only put Baltimore at the forefront of environmentally friendly demolition practices, but also create job training opportunities for city residents that will help them attain better, higher paying jobs," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. "I'm proud of Baltimore Housing for creating such an innovative opportunity."
Finding new and creative methods to address the costs associated with blight is a challenge for urban communities across the country. This City's contract will use green techniques to take buildings apart piece by piece, making bricks, structural lumber, and architectural elements available for reuse or repurposing while creating job-training skills for Baltimore residents. After an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, Baltimore Housing selected Humanim as the nonprofit awardee of the pilot program. The deconstruction pilot program will begin by targeting 50 buildings. If the strategy proves effective at meeting environmental and job creation goals while delivering cost efficient demolition services to the city, Baltimore Housing will look to expand the program.
This home is a custom eco-friendly construction project registered through the LEED Green Building Program
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast with strong winds and a severe storm surge. This charming 1940s cottage, which sat five feet above sea level, was no match for the storm. When the storm abated and the water retreated, what was left was a "Substantially Damaged" home that would have to be rebuilt to comply building codes-- including being 12 foot about sea level.
This time lapse video shows Details carefully deconstructing this home that had been damaged. This process allowed materials to be reclaimed and reused thereby diverting waste from a landfill.