The old Helmond city office is not demolished but harvested


The Municipality of Helmond wants to build in a circular way as much as possible. Therefore, the new home for the city of Helmond will largely consist of many products made from circular materials or materials reused from the old city office. 99.2% of the Helmond City Office will be "harvested" for reuse. Not only for materials for the new city office but also for companies and individuals in the area.

Harvesting a building, what is that really?
We prefer to call the dismantling of an existing building for demolition harvesting because you can reuse many materials and products. Harvesting a building produces a lot of reusable materials that can be reused in various ways. We also call this circular demolition. For example, we can reuse almost everything from the old city office in Helmond, or use it in a new way.

There are several categories within the harvest of a building:

Direct reuse of an item or product.
For example, reusing an interior window frame with a door in another project or having toilet bowls and taps and taps to be picked up by residents in the neighborhood so they can place them in their homes. But also carpet tiles which in this way get a second chance in another office.

Refurbishing or repairing an item or product.
Many items can be refurbished and if necessary repaired and checked so they can be sold again as "as good as new". Think for example of lighting fixtures, cabling or desks.

Harvesting parts for reuse in new products.
We can harvest many parts by taking them apart and recycled into new products. Examples include carpet, drywall, roofing, concrete, masonry bricks, and so on. Reusing materials to produce new parts is of course less visible and more difficult to track than the direct reuse of a product, but no less circular as a result.

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