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  • Environmentally Brilliant: A Reality Check Environmentally Brilliant: A Reality Check

    Environmentally Brilliant: A Reality Check

Environmentally Brilliant: A Reality Check

Environmentally Brilliant! [Reality Check] There exist a product that is environmentally friendly, has long lasting value, and economical: it’s called the Plastic Grid-Paver. There exists a product that is not environmentally friendly, has a deteriorating value, and economically deceitful: it’s called asphalt. If you don’t value your money, use asphalt. If you value your money and time, use the Plastic Grid-Paver. If you desire potholes, black ice, smell, poison, and high maintenance, use asphalt. If you desire a durable long lasting pavement with minimal maintenance, use the Plastic Grid-Paver. If you do not care about floods, climate control, erosion and the environment, use asphalt. If you care about preventing floods and erosion while serving environmental needs, use the Plastic Grid-Paver. Reality check: Asphalt has been around for many years and you are conditioned to use it. But you have to educate yourself about the Plastic Grid-Paver in order to get out of your box. Let’s face it: Change is up to you. But your environment won’t wait for you. Keep Life Exciting: Think Forward. By Robert V Gerard Senior Partner, Green Way Pavements® © 2015 www.GreenWayPavements.com  

  • Permeable Streets Permeable Streets

    Permeable Streets

Permeable Streets

Permeable Streets (The New Age of Construction)   “The recollection of quality remains long after price is forgotten” —Shoe Manufacturer E.C. Simmons [22 June 1922] “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” —anonymous. Do these quotes have an effect on you? Don’t they ring a bell inside saying: “Been there; done that.” Generally, you pay for what you get. Construction job sites throughout America are basically awarded on the lowest bidder. Though the intent of “Lowest Bidder” appears wise on the surface, it also sets up the opportunity for inferior quality, corruption and eventual cost burdening repairs. Enough! Since the introduction of “Going Green Infrastructure” and “Sustainability” has been advocated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), massive migration towards better quality and product efficiency has reappeared. Municipalities, public and private sector construction has shifted their design criteria to reflect the new growing trend within the building and landscaping industries. Towards the top of the list of wrong-doing or negative windfalls, are our roads. From super highways to small driveways, the wrath of poor construction and corrupt contractors flourish. Enough! Roads in Europe generally last twice as long as American roads. That’s based primarily on design and maintenance models used by Europeans. Whereas, in America, more effort is placed on lowest-cost contracts and quick-fix repair mentality. Between 2008 and 2011, US States collectively spent $20.4 billion annually to build new roads and over $16.5 billion annually repairing and preserving the other 99 percent of roadways. According, State DOTs need to spend $43 billion dollars every year for 20 years to bring roads in poor condition into a good standard*. Enough! Having a good road infrastructure with low maintenance […]

  • Bumps, Waves and Puddles Bumps, Waves and Puddles

    Bumps, Waves and Puddles

Bumps, Waves and Puddles

At a potential customer site, I observed an asphalt paved driveway that had bumps, wavelike tire ruts, and cracks. It was actually funny. There’s a lot of humor behind knowing how humans try to tolerate these absurdities. It’s 2013, there’s got to be a reasonable alternative. Most people have resolved to the myth that asphalt, concrete, or lose gravel pavements can do the job. Not so throughout Europe and Asia, who have found alternatives. For the past 20 years, some German manufacturers designed a way to use recycled plastic bags to mold a plastic grid-paver. The Germans were initially interested in treating erosions and stormwater control. But their design concept has evolved in a multitude of other applications: from high civil engineering projects to residential patios. The beauty behind these plastic grid-pavers belong to the fact that they are 98% permeable. This provides answers to architectural landscapers and public work department chiefs on how to deal with water run-off problems. Conventional concrete pavements are quite expensive and require demanding criteria. Asphalt, which is less expensive, does not last too long. Both pavement applications are pricy for the homeowner and for civil projects, truly burden the tax payer. It’s a waste of resources and manpower, especially when there exist a better and more reasonable solution. The real problem, however, is the lack of consumer education. The installation process for the plastic grid-paver offers less intrusive while complementing natural conditions. A compacted gravel base upon which the plastic grid-paver is placed bears the load and drainage concerns, while the fill into the cells of the grid-like-paver provides for the aesthetics and further strengthens the pavement. What does “Permeability” mean for the local homeowner? The Grid-Paver provides an alternative pavement […]

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