The concrete industry has been touting the economical advantages of concrete over asphalt through lifecycle maintenance costs. And recently the increase in the cost of asphalt has brought the initial price point of the two materials into the same ballpark. The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has recently released several reports on the advantages of concrete paving over asphalt. Visit the PCA Web page dedicated to the topic at Cement. org/paving_realities.asp.
Editor’s Letter Rebecca Wasieleski, Editor Go white to go green Advisory Board Tim Blankenship CSolutions, Inc.; Atlanta, Ga. D uring a climate change sympo- regards to stormwater runoff. During a Chris Chan sium in London earlier this year, rainstorm, warm pavement increases Kirker Chan Concrete; Fairfield, Calif. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu the temperature of the rain. If that said white roofs and concrete surfaces rain is running off into local lakes and Mike Donlin can help stop global warming. His rivers, it’s artiﬁcially warming the Donlin Building, Inc.; Miller, S.D. quote: “If you take all the buildings and temperatures of those bodies of water. Jim Engelman make their roofs white and if you make That can have a detrimental effect on Engelman Construction, Inc.; Macungie, Pa. the pavement more of a concrete type ﬁsh and plant life. of color rather than a black type of These are strong arguments for Ira Goldberg color, and you do this uniformly… it’s widespread use of concrete pave- Beyond Concrete; Keyport, N.J. the equivalent of reducing the carbon ments, but you’re wondering how you Julio Hallack emissions due to all the cars on the can convince one customer to “go Concrete Innovations by Hallack road for 11 years; you just take them ” white. How can your client realize the Turlock, Calif. off the road for 11 years. ” beneﬁts of concrete pavement on a Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, small scale? Chris Klemaske T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc.; San Diego, Calif. didn’t just pull this statistic out of his A concrete surface reﬂects more hat — it’s based on data generated light than an asphalt surface, making Michael Klein by Dr. Art Rosenfeld of the California it brighter and potentially safer at Five Star Concrete Solutions; Howell, Mich. Energy Commission. Since 2005, night. Or, an owner can turn that Mike Poppoff California has mandated ﬂat roofs on increased light reﬂectivity into Poppoff, Inc.; Moxee, Wash. new commercial buildings be white. energy savings through decreased And a similar mandate is in the works lighting needs. Additionally, if Dennis Purinton for residential buildings. your customer’s building will be Purinton Builders, Inc.; East Granby, Conn. I certainly don’t want to get into a considered for LEED certiﬁca- Greg Randa politics debate, nor do I want to open tion (Leadership in Energy and G.M. Randa, Inc.; Yorkville, Ill. my mailbox to a ﬂood of letter
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