PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Chaparral Concrete Equipment commented on a recent article
from The Spokesman-Review and states that every industry has a part to play in environmental protection. According to the piece, Wilbert Precast Inc., a privately owned concrete manufacturing company in Spokane, Washington, is pouring concrete for 140, eight ton dolos. These odd-looking structures are used for preventing washouts and riverbank erosion along the Puyallup River in Pierce County, Washington.
Dolos were introduced in South Africa to protect seawalls and harbors from waves. These massive concrete structures will incorporate branches and logs to replenish the river's fish habitat while reducing washouts along the riverbanks. Traditionally, environmental protection agencies would use heavy posts and boulders (riprap) to protect banks. Recent studies have shown that these are not as environmentally stable as dolos, otherwise known as engineered logjams. The dolos are interlinked and support one another. Each logjam consists of five to nine dolos with 50 timbers or logs.
The entire project along the Puyallup River will cost the county approximately $1 million. Environmentalists hope the concrete dolos will provide wildlife and fish a safe haven and reduce soil and vegetative erosion, two things that are speculated throughout the county.
"It's great to see obscure solutions for environmental problems," Chaparral Concrete Equipment says. "The project is designed to save a road and its surrounding habitats from the river. This helps the environment in various ways and reduces the energy and resources required to reroute an entire road. These projects, while there are plenty of speculative perspectives out there, help support and prove to environmental agencies that dolos do have an important part to play."
Green and LEED-certified building projects have become the norm in today's construction industry. LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design initiative, is a verification tag that labels whether or not a building is "green." According to the program's host website, engineers monitor a building's metered water usage, occupancy rates and commuting, recycled materials, fresh air, lighting systems, and other factors before granting the certification.
Businesses and homeowners throughout the country are always looking for ways to construct better buildings. LEED, while often more expensive than traditional building techniques, requires significant investments. Long-term lighting, heating and cooling, water, and energy-usage solutions benefit buildings, because they use fewer resources and are more affordable. One of the more championed aspects of LEED buildings are daylighting solutions. Using high-efficiency windows and dimming systems, buildings can cut back on electricity bills. The site also reports that natural lighting is better for employees.
"LEED and other building solutions are great goals to have," Chaparral Concrete Equipment says. "Investments are required, but when it comes to the environment, investments go a long way. In addition, engineers and builders are finding innovative ways to help cut back on power and resource consumption during construction to reduce costs and environmental impacts."
Many companies are always on the lookout for ways to save in terms of the environment and costs. Chaparral Concrete Equipment strives to find solutions to become more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Founded in 2000 by Fred Vincent Jr., Chaparral Concrete Equipment
is one of Texas' leading concrete suppliers. It specializes in selling and moving loaders, concrete plants, mixing trucks, and industry-related materials. The employees at Chaparral believe that environmentally-friendly construction solutions are crucial for bettering the world.