Removing Rebar from Concrete From Demolition Project


To reduce construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills and incineration facilities by recovering, reusing, and recycling materials.


Removing Rebar from Concrete From Demolition Project

  • Establish  goals for the project by identifying at least five materials (both structural and nonstructural) targeted for diversion. approximate a percentage of the overall project waste that these materials represent.
  • Specify whether materials will be separated or commingled and describe the diversion strategies planned for the project. Describe where the materials will be taken and how the recycling facility will process the material.

Provide a final report detailing all major waste streams generated, including disposal and diversion rates.

Alternative daily cover (ADC) does not qualify as material diverted from disposal. Land-clearing debris is not considered construction, demolition, or renovation waste that can contribute to waste diversion

* This credit language is drawn from the LEED v4 draft. Where other point totals are noted, this pilot credit is worth 1 point in total. *

Recycle and/or salvage nonhazardous construction and demolition materials. Calculations can be by weight or volume but must be consistent throughout.

Exclude excavated soil, land-clearing debris, and alternative daily cover (ADC). Include wood waste converted to fuel (bio-fuel) in the calculations; other types of waste-to-energy are not considered diversion for this credit.

However, for projects that cannot meet credit requirements using reuse and recycling methods, waste-to-energy systems may be considered waste diversion if the European Commission Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC and Waste Incineration Directive 2000/76/EC are followed and Waste to Energy facilities meet applicable European Committee for Standardization (CEN) EN 303 standards.

Option 1. diversion (1-2 points)


Path 1. divert 50% and three material streams (1 point)

Divert at least 50% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least three material streams.


Path 2. divert 75% and four material streams (2 points)

Divert at least 75% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least four material streams.


Option 2. reduction of total waste material (2 points)

Do not generate more than 2.5 pounds of construction waste per square foot (12.2 kilograms of waste per square meter) of the building’s floor area.


The wrecking ball: It’s the timeless symbol for the demolition and salvage industry. Yet it’s rarely used on the modern demolition site. Why? Well, because it’s terribly imprecise. Today’s demolition contractors are more likely to use high reach excavators and the other equipment we describe below. Read on to learn about various demolition tasks, and the equipment we use to accomplish each task.


Crushing Concrete for Recycling
Our crusher can turn 2-foot squares of structural concrete into gravel. This broken down concrete may be recycled on site, as fill for plumbing, road fill, etc. This not only cuts our clients’ costs; it also earns them LEED certification points.

Tearing Down Upper Stories 
Our high-reach demolition excavators are capable of reaching 82 feet up. These versatile machines include a transport joint, allowing us to switch to shorter arms on site, and thereby minimizing time devoted to accessing equipment. We can also switch out various attachments to achieve different goals on the construction site. For instance, a shearing attachment may be used to slice up a water tower. As a leading Oregon demolition firm, we must be able to chew through any building material; our equipment can tear up solid concrete and cut through ¾”steel beams.

Sorting Materials for Salvage
As a part of asset recovery, we sort different building materials on the demolition site. Some demolition equipment helps us quickly move and organize metals, wood, concrete, and other materials into discrete piles, so that we can efficiently recover assets for our clients.

Removing Rebar from Concrete
Scrap metal is a source of salvage income for our clients; concrete recycling can also offet their demolition costs. However, to earn back this value, we must separate each material. We maintain tools for removing rebar from concrete.

Posted on August 6, 2014 in