ACPA: Publication Describes Sustainability Features of Concrete Pavements

The American Concrete Pavement Association has released a publication that provides updated information about the sustainability of concrete pavements.

"Green Roadways: Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Concrete Pavements" (SR385) is a 16-page special report that begins with a basic overview of sustainability, and then, describes key sustainability attributes of concrete pavement.

The publication is an excellent resource for those who want to gain a greater understanding of the fundamentals of sustainability, as well as the sustainability features associated with every phase of a concrete pavement's life. This report draws particular attention to the commonly overlooked use-phase factors, which significantly outweigh sustainability factors linked to design, construction, and maintenance of concrete pavements.

The publication includes sections that specifically cover the lower energy footprint; natural resource reduction; use of industrial byproducts such as fly-ash and slag cement; pavement renewal methods; and quiet surface textures.

It also describes how pervious concrete pavements can improve water quality; how concrete pavements are 100% recyclable; and how light-colored concrete pavements can reduce lighting requirements and mitigate urban heat-island effects and global cooling.

The publication is $30 for non-members or $7.50 for ACPA members. Additional shipping and handling charges apply.

The publication is available online at http://www.acpa.org/bookstore. Members should log in to the members only section of the web before ordering. To place orders by phone, fax, or email, please contact Debbie Becker at 847-423-8710; by fax at 847-966-9970; or by email to dbecker@acpa.org.

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