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Lees: Builders demanding eco-friendly demolition firms

B&B Demolition owner Bill Knight has spent $2 million to address environmental issues when buildings are torn down.

B&B Demolition owner Bill Knight has spent $2 million to address environmental issues when buildings are torn down.

EDMONTON – Bill Knight, owner of B&B Demolition, has invested $2 million in equipment to help satisfy the demand from building owners conscious of the environment.

“There’s no doubt being green helps promote business,” he says. “Owners, while they don’t receive financial benefit, are getting behind and driving green demolition.

“Once, when a structure was torn down, everything was thrown away. Now everything is separated and recycled. There’s only about 10-15 per cent of material we can’t do anything with.”

If there is one thing Knight doesn’t want, he says, it’s another year as hectic as 2012.

“In our first year, in 1999, we did $800,000 worth of business,” says Knight. “This year, we are on track for $12 million.

“We began our company with four labourers and a rented Bobcat working and working out of a 900-square-foot house. This year our team grew from 22 workers to 57. Office staff grew to 13 from six.

“We have been incredibly busy training teams. When you drive by one of Edmonton’s many construction sites, nine times out of 10, something had to be demolished first.”

Knight says his company will out-distance many local companies when it this month receives LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.)

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