LEED and Extending Asphalt Life with an Eco-Rejuvenator?

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Mike Freisthler
Business Owner
May 14, 2013

We offer a USDA bio-preferred Asphalt Rejuvenator. Which now has preferred procurement status.

It contains d-limonene a naturally occuring VOC - BUT is not a Proposition 65 Calf.  restricted use item as a harmful chemical. We see the use of this VOC in handcleaners, soaps and graffiti removers under the Design for Environment logo of the EPA.

As a potential LEED product should the use of this natural VOC prevent or its use be restricted as an asphalt rejuvenator?

The product's use has shown a 42% life cycle improvement on county roads when evaluated using ASTM D-6433 MicroPaver inventory analysis as required by military asset management personel on government instalations. I would appreciate any iinput or comments.

Thank you. Michael Freisthler

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Mike, While there is no such thing as a LEED product, there are products that can contribute to earning a LEED certification. To the extent that this product can be applied to porous/pervious pavement surfaces, the product could be complimentary to any party that seeks to fulfill stormwater management credits in LEED, such as Sustainable Sites Credit 6.1 Stormwater Design Quantity Control and Sustainable Sites Credit 6.2: Stormwater Design - Quality Control.

 

Pervious pavementStrategies for the SSc6.1 credit include: "Design the project site to maintain natural stormwater flows by promoting infiltration. Specify vegetated roofs, pervious paving and other measures to minimize impervious surfaces. Reuse stormwater for non-potable uses such as landscape irrigation, toilet and urinal flushing, and custodial uses." - so that fits with your product.

 

Strategies for SSc6.2 include: "Use alternative surfaces (e.g., vegetated roofs, pervious pavement, grid pavers) and nonstructural techniques (e.g., rain gardens, vegetated swales, disconnection of imperviousness, rainwater recycling) to reduce imperviousness and promote infiltration and thereby reduce pollutant loadings. Use sustainable design strategies (e.g., low-impact development, environmentally sensitive design) to create integrated natural and mechanical treatment systems such as constructed wetlands, vegetated filters and open channels to treat stormwater runoff."

 

Also, as a former property/asset manager for a real estate investor, I can state with confidence that any product that increases the life of asphalt by a significant degree would be valuable to real estate owners (and green building planners) because of the reduced cost of replacement and other frictional costs/expenses associated with repaving. Landlords see repaving as a terrible nuisance and an expensive one at that.

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Mike:

Nothing else to agree to waht has been already explained, only to add that besides the contribution of this material to Stormwater Management for Projects pursuing LEED Certification it will be very useful to review how can it help for Existing Buildings (LEED EBO&M). For example credit SS c2 makes reference to reduce harmful chemicals on paints and products applied on exterior areas. It also could contribute (along with many other strategies) in credit IO Documenting sustainable building cost impacts as it could reduce the costs associated with asphalt maintenance.
All sustainable improvements in a building: new or existing must be part of a whole strategy, no product by itself can ensure a credit or prerequisite achievement. LEED as well as other "Green Building" certifications refer to a whole sustainable and efficient building, meaning all the sistems within its scope.

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