A Glossary Of Terms Used In The Demolition And Hazardous Material Abatement Industry

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Demolition is a complex and potentially dangerous process that involves the complete or partial dismantling of a structure. Similarly, abatement is needed to protect construction workers and members of the general public from the many negative health impacts of asbestos and other hazardous materials.

To help you understand the terms, acronyms, and phrases regularly used in this context, Demo Works has created this handy reference guide. Here you’ll find valuable information allowing you to comprehend and communicate with professionals in the demolition industry.

Selective demolition

Selective demolition is a process of dismantling only certain parts of a structure while leaving the rest intact. This approach is commonly used in renovation projects where only a portion of the building needs to be removed. We specialize in selective demolition and can help you determine the best approach for your project, ensuring minimal disruption and maximum safety.

Full-scale building demolition

Full-scale building demolition involves the complete destruction of a structure, often with the use of heavy machineries such as excavators and bulldozers. This process requires careful planning and execution to ensure safety and minimize environmental impact. Demo Works has extensive experience in full-scale demolition and can provide comprehensive services from initial planning to final site cleanup.

Hazardous material abatement

Hazardous material abatement involves removing and disposing of dangerous substances such as asbestos, lead, and mold. This is a critical aspect of the demolition process to ensure the safety of workers and the public. We have a team of certified professionals trained in hazardous material abatement and can provide comprehensive services to identify and safely remove dangerous materials from your site.


Decommissioning is the process of removing equipment or systems from a facility that is no longer in use. This process is standard in industrial or commercial sites that have been shut down. Our experts can provide comprehensive decommissioning services, ensuring that all equipment and systems are safely removed and disposed of in accordance with all regulations.

Designated substance survey

A designated substance survey is a comprehensive inspection of a building to identify any hazardous materials that may be present. This survey is required by law before any demolition or renovation work can begin. At Demo Works, we offer designated substance survey services, ensuring all hazardous materials are identified and safely removed from your site.

Layout for the client

Demo Works understands that every project is unique and requires a tailored approach. They provide layout services to help clients visualize the demolition process and ensure that all safety protocols are in place before work begins. This approach ensures the project is completed safely, on time, and within budget.

If you’re looking for a Full-Scale Demolition & Hazardous Material Abatement Company in Ottawa, ON, reach out to Demo Works. As a dedicated demolition contractor in Ottawa, we strive to deliver all projects on time and within budget, regardless of size or magnitude. Honesty, integrity, and trust are our code of ethics; that is how we have become your company of choice, serving the region since 2008.

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