Geofoam is a Global Solution
The word Geofoam may not be translatable into Chinese or Uradhi, but Geofoam is a global solution for not only road and embankment construction, but a great many other uses. China has learned one way to combat their massive pollution problem; actually “green” skyscrapers.
Although the information about the actual construction is not available, rooftop gardens here in the U.S. and Europe use Geofoam as part of the roof (and balcony) assembly, as pictured here (Image courtesy of LibertyNews.com).
India has often been criticized for their extensive use of concrete. Here’s an excerpt from an article praising Geofoam as an alternative.
And houses too!
EPS can also be used to make houses quickly, efficiently and with far lower ecological damage. Pre-fabricated EPS blocks can be caged in steel, cut into appropriate sizes and used to build the superstructure of a house very fast. Structural stability is added through holes in the slab, into which steel rods are inserted and concrete poured.
Source: Quartz India
So you see, Geofoam is a hero across the globe, and is an affordable and sustainable product for a multitude of uses.
Taking a quick look at Belgium at the Brussels International Airport, it was necessary to build a 16-meters-high retention and sound protection wall, Enter Geofoam. The project required special design due to its steep and plant-able capabilities. Yes, even though it was made of Geofoam, a variety of Geosynthetic materials were also incorporated into the design to hold landscaping, contain the soil erosion due to storm runoff.
Right here at home in New Jersey and across the tri-state area, we’re involved with a slurry of projects ranging from retaining structures, foundation fill, pavement underlayment and insulation, slope stabilization and even stadium construction. We’ve been part of all sorts of projects such as the Verrazano Bridge project, Citi Field, Chelsea Piers, Cross Country Shopping Center, Stoney Brook University, and much more.
Some of the more technical projects of the last couple of years happen to be secant wall and secant pile walls.
What makes Geofoam such a versatile product are the different usages for the product. As you have seen by this article and some of the other items on our blog, Geofoam can be used for rail beds, airport runways, bridge abutments, even art projects. Geofoam truly is a global solution. If there is anything, we can do to enlighten you to affordable soil retention strategies, feel free to inquire today.