Super Concrete Can Absorb 3000 Gallon of Water in 1 hour
27 September 2018
This concrete block is made of recycled tires. It was created by KB Industries Inc. and it's called Flexi-Pave. The material not only allows rainwater to penetrate into the ground but also, as its name suggests, is flexible and does not crack or uplift the way concrete does when pushed from beneath by tree roots.
Flexi-Pave can absorb 3000 gallons of water per square foot per hour. It's made of recycled tires, stones and a binding agent.
By replacing traditional concrete, rainwater and melted snow can be redistributed back into the ground.
Plexi-Pave is also stronger than similar thirsty concrete so it can better withstand freezing weather.
Flexi-Pave is a porous, noncracking, insulating and flexible construction material that's composed from recycled tires and aggregate.
Walking on Flexi-Pave is like walking on rubber sometimes preventing leg tiredness.
Six years later the first Flexi-Pave installation at the trails, which took place in 2008 in Irwin Park, Connecticut, the Flexi-Pave stretch still looks new.
Flexi-Pave is almost twice as expensive as regular pavement but it eliminates trip hazards causing possible insurance liability claims that are normally caused by root intrusion. It promotes healthier tree growth through a more solid root base which is enhanced by natural water and air reaching the roots, causing downward growth
It also uses considerably less de-icing materials in cold climates, and it's virtually maintenance free, self cleaning, self flushing. No brittle edges.
The company claims the innovative concrete reduces and dissolved nitrates and dissolved phosphates entering into the groundwater.
Above all it allows hydrostatic water pressure to be released in flood conditions because of the enormous porosity of the material.
|Written by: Charlie Fischer|