Minnesota Demolition Survey: Phase Two Report

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Courtesy of Athena Sustainable Materials Institute

Although there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence about the reasons for building demolition, there is little in the nature of statistical data, at least for North America. Nevertheless, there is an increasing tendency to make assumptions or claims about the relative durability of different structural materials. In an attempt to bring some facts to bear on this issue, the Athena Institute has undertaken a major survey of buildings demolished in St. Paul, Minnesota, for the period 2000 to mid-2003.

Covering 227 commercial and residential properties, the survey focuses on the age of the buildings, the main structural materials, and the reasons for demolition. When the building condition was cited as a reason, the survey probed for details about specifics (e.g., state of maintenance, structural problems).

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