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Porous Pave utilizes more than 10 million pounds of recycled tire rubber
Beth Hyatt | October 10, 2017
worker smooths out porous pave

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Next month, when Greenbuild in Boston, Massachusetts, has convened,  Porous Pave, Inc. says it will have marked another environmental milestone of surpassing 10 million pounds of recycled rubber used in applications of its permeable paving material.

“Topping 10 million pounds demonstrates that builders, facility managers, landscape architects and contractors continue to put their trust in Porous Pave for public, commercial and residential permeable paving applications,” said Dave Ouwinga, president of Porous Pave, Inc.

The company says that the controlled shredding and processing of discarded tires produces the 1/8-1/4-inch chips of recycled rubber incorporated into Porous Pave.

“Porous Pave infiltrates much more storm water than permeable pavers,” said Andy Sykes, CLP, owner of Garrett Churchill, Inc. “The recycled rubber chips give it good traction and make it freeze- and frost heave-resistant.” As the project designer and landscape contractor, Garrett Churchill selected Porous Pave for the permeable walkways and patio at the Gil Rosenthal Garden of Peace in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

Once installed, Porous Pave can retain stormwater onsite, which the company says decreases runoff into storm drains and storm sewers. The company says that Porous Pave XL is the company’s strongest and most durable formulation for hard-wearing permeable pavement.

The Porous Pave XL combines equal amounts of recycled rubber chips and aggregate mixed on site with a moisture-cured, liquid binder.

Porous Pave says that the XLS is made with 100 percent rubber chips mixed with a soft binder for more impact-absorbing permeable surfacing.

“In addition to permeability and walking surface comfort and safety, we required a strong paving material that can hold up against periodic flooding along the Charles River,” said Horace Aikman, RLA, senior associate and director, construction technologies, CRJA-IBI Group. “Porous Pave also has material quality and visual appeal appropriate for a premier Class A office park.” As the landscape architecture firm for the project, CRJA-IBI selected Porous Pave for the Wellesley Office Park Walking Path in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

“We chose Porous Pave because it is an innovative green material, which while new to the Cape, offers proven permeability and demonstrated durability,” said Kristen Andres, director of education and outreach, Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC). APCC selected Porous Pave for the permeable sidewalk and handicap parking pad at its Living Landscape Laboratory in Dennis, Massachusetts.

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