A city block in Brantford, Ontario, a city about an hour southwest of Toronto, was demolished this year because of asbestos concerns. The block is in the middle of downtown Brantford and contains a number of historical buildings that date back to 1840.
Despite a popular opinion that these buildings were so old they predated asbestos use and therefore posed no asbestos dangers, asbestos fibers were still found in pipe wrapping and floor tiles because of so many previous renovations. These types of renovations are extremely common in Canada’s heritage buildings, which usually cannot be demolished by law and are instead renovated and rehabilitated. It took months for the city to finally be able to demolish the buildings because of repeated interventions by groups attempting to preserve the heritage buildings.
Few of Canada’s heritage buildings are in the great shape they are in today because they’ve been left alone. Most have been renovated significantly over the years, even decades ago when asbestos was very common in many different types of building materials. In the case of the Brantford demolition, extra precautions had to be taken to ensure that all of the rubble stayed in place because the demolition site was on top of a hill.
If older buildings are eventually demolished, it is extremely important to use a professional asbestos removal contractor so that asbestos does not contaminate the nearby ground. Many properties across Canada and in the United States have experienced significant problems or construction and development delays because the soil has been found to be contaminated with asbestos.
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