Expert speakers and panelists from 17 countries will address "Design for Environmental and Social Sustainability" at the Eighth International Conference on Concrete Block Paving - "Sustainable Paving for Our Future," Nov. 6-8 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
The event, hosted by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Foundation for Education and Research, will focus on segmental concrete pavements and their ability to address total environmental design, including ecological, energy, safety and visual design needs for the 21st century. The conference will emphasize sustainable pavement applications, low-impact development approaches, storm water management with permeable interlocking pavements and leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED).
"Design for Environmental and Social Sustainability" will feature presentations on sustainable aspects of segmental concrete pavement, concrete paving blocks in the renewal of commercial streets, the preferential use of concrete block paving in residential streets, sustainable weed management on concrete block pavement and environmental friendly concrete pavement blocks.
The three-day technical program also will feature presentations on permeable interlocking concrete pavement, manufacturing, construction, performance of recycled materials, education and training, pavement management and performance, structural design, testing and verification, innovative paver designs and paver life-cycle performance.
In addition to the technical paper sessions, the conference will include a one-day seminar for design professionals and a one-day workshop for civil engineering university professors.
The conference is co-sponsored by the Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Platinum sponsors include ACM Chemistries Inc., Basalite, Besser Co., Cambridge Pavers Inc., Columbia Machine Inc., CTI Inc., Hess Machinery Ltd., Oldcastle Architectural Inc., Pathfinder Systems/Tiger USA, Pavers by Ideal, Pavestone Co., Rekers Inc., St. Mary's Cement Inc., Techni-Seal Inc., Unilock Ltd., Uni-Group and Zenith Equipment Inc.