Change Agents

There are four things that change people: books read, people met, beauty and pain. Sometimes two, three, or four of these converge on a person’s experience at the same time, and that often accelerates changes, hopefully in a positive rather than a negative direction. What have you read that...
Interlocking concrete pavements are a flexible and durable system that performs successfully in the most demanding applications, conditions and climates. One of the most extreme conditions is the application of deicing chemicals to prevent or reduce ice buildup which can contribute to slips, falls and loss of vehicular control....
ICPI members participating in the 2017 ICPI Hardscape Contractor Survey conducted by Industry Insights, an independent research firm, reported 29% higher sales than nonmembers. How can ICPI help build your contracting business? Through the ICPI Contractor Tool Kit, the Institute provides the top technical, education and marketing resources for contractors in...

Missionary Work

State departments of transportation (DOTs) rely on millions of tax dollars for road construction and maintenance. They also look after thousands of structures including bridges. For decades, DOTs are immersed—and one might say entrenched--in design, maintenance and improvement of asphalt and concrete pavements. These are mostly highway pavements. Most DOTs...

You Have to Think

As we enter the 25th year of ICPI, the industry returns to pre-recession sales levels. Residential sales dominate about three-quarters of shipments, with the remainder placed in commercial (specified) applications. Permeable interlocking concrete pavements, paving slabs and planks are the high-growth products. Permeable units have been regulated into existence,...
An increasing number of segmental concrete paving projects include planks, also known as linear pavers. In preparation for eventually developing ASTM and CSA product standards, an initial task for the industry was developing a product definition differentiating planks from slabs and pavers. The intent here is to decrease and...
ICPI Director of Engineering, Robert Bowers, P. Eng., receives questions from members in need of advice and tips regarding permeable paver driveways. One recent question referred to a residential permeable pavement driveway, and when to use geotextile versus when to not. Sometimes called filter fabric, geotextile is made of synthetic fibers...

Silica FAQs

ICPI Director of Engineering, Robert Bowers, P. Eng., receives questions from members in need of advice and tips regarding silica. The following questions arose from the participants in the recent ICPI webinar, "Preventing Silica Exposure of the Jobsite." After consultation with the presenters, Rob Bowers summarized these responses.  The webinar recording is...
ICPI Director of Engineering, Robert Bowers, P. Eng., receives questions from members in need of advice and tips regarding the best practices to use when constructing paver driveways. One recent questions referred to a residential driveway. A client wanted to install a 2,000 sf paver driveway due to the roots from...
Mark Twain said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Global climate change might be altering the implications of Mr. Twain’s saying because we are likely doing something to the climate and maybe something about it. While the causes and effects of climate change receive endless...
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