6.5. Salvaging and Recycling
Green construction involves the end of the building's life cycle. The term life cycle refers to the concept that a building has a limited life span. Generally speaking, buildings aren't meant to last forever. Unfortunately, buildings often outlive their technology to the point where the systems that exist in a structure are outdated, material research is completed (asbestos, for example), and the environment around a structure changes in density, use, or purpose. Although many see these structures as landfill material, often that is not the case. In fact, many of the materials in a structure can be repurposed with a minimal investment of time and natural resources.
Salvage is, of course, the greenest ...