government has joined forces with local non-profits and businesses to
create infrastructure for cost- and time-effective solutions to Construction
Waste Management (CWM) and material redistribution in the nations
capitol. This newly formed task force includes members from GSA, EPA,
Virginia Housing and the Environment Network, Sustainable Community Initiatives,
The Tower Companies and Natural Logic, Inc. The team has plans to involve
local governments, architectural firms, construction companies and demolition
contractors in the project.
With the goal of drastic reduction in the volume of construction materials
being sent to landfills and incinerators, the team is reviewing and evaluating
successful CWM and material solutions from projects receiving GSAs
Demolition Derby Awards and local participants of the LEED Green Building
Rating System. GSA intends to promote the goals of the local CWM and materials
redistribution effort while encouraging the use of its new on-line National
Construction Waste Management Database (http://cwm.gsa.gov/) created in
partnership with the National Institute of Standards Technology.
To facilitate cost- and time-effective implementation of CWM plans, the
team is developing CWM specifications, which will be made available for
use by public and private sector design and construction teams. A Web-based
Materials Exchange is being developed to serve Washington metropolitan
area, enabling large volumes of reusable materials to be redistributed
directly from deconstruction projects to new users and eliminating the
need for costly storage. Community Forklift, a materials reuse warehouse,
will accommodate smaller quantities of salvaged or surplus building material.
It is hoped that this collaborative effort, by bringing the public and
private sectors together, will serve the needs of the entire Washington,
DC metropolitan area and will become a model to be replicated in other
regions nationwide. The programs benefits will include: reduced
landfill and incineration demands on local governments; increased profits
for construction and demolition contractors; increased availability of
reusable material; and the ability for architectural teams seeking LEED
to more easily earn Materials & Resource Credit 2: Construction Waste
Management and Credit 3: Resource Reuse.