Jan 05, 2016

Porous Pave Wins Innovation Award

Pour-in-place permeable paving material attains gold-level recognition for excellence in product design at IIDEXCanada

Porous Pave was judged a gold-level winner for product design in the 2015 IIDEXCanada Innovation Awards competition. An eco-friendly green building product, Porous Pave is a highly porous, flexible and durable pour-in-place, permeable pavement material. Porous Pave XL consists of 50% recycled rubber chips and 50% stone aggregate with a proprietary liquid binder. IIDEXCanada, Canada’s National Design + Architecture Exposition & Conference, co-presented by the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), was held on December 2 and 3, 2015, in Toronto.

“We engineered Porous Pave with greater permeability per square foot than other permeable and pervious paving materials,” said Dave Ouwinga, president of Porous Pave Inc., the product manufacturer. “It can therefore achieve stormwater retention goals with smaller installations, saving money on materials and labor.”

“The recycled rubber in Porous Pave, processed from reclaimed scrap tires, imparts flexibility, so in contrast to concrete and asphalt, Porous Pave withstands freeze-thaw cycles without heaving or cracking,” said Jim Roth, president of Porous Pave Ontario, a Canadian distributor of the product. “The rubber content also makes it slip-resistant.”

Porous Pave Ontario entered the product in the IIDEXCanada Innovation Awards competition. Organized by the IDC in 1984, the annual awards celebrate innovation in product design and exhibit creativity.

A panel of IDC members who are all registered interior designers judge product entries based on design objectives, design and technical innovation, market application and sustainability. Entries are scored on a 0-100 scale, with Gold-level awards requiring a score of at least 90. Only five of the 30 product winners, including Porous Pave, attained the Gold standard. Among this year’s winners, Porous Pave was the only outdoor product for landscaping, hardscaping and onsite stormwater management applications.