Hanson Hardscapes

December 22, 2009 10:33 ET


Product is Solar Reflective, Self-Cleaning and Reduces Pollution

Attention: Assignment Editor, Home/Garden Editor ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2009) - Hanson Hardscapes, a premier North American manufacturer of hardscape products, is introducing its new and innovative SmartCast® Clean paving slab, a sustainable rooftop paving solution available for new and retrofit commercial and residential projects. SmartCast Clean reduces pollutants, is self-cleaning and contributes to LEED® credits with a high solar reflective Index (SRI) rating of greater than 80 (to qualify for LEED credits, an SRI of 78 or higher is required for low sloped roofs).

SmartCast Clean uses a unique formulation combining special aggregates and admixtures with TX Active® phocatalytic white cement. TX Active's proprietary photocatalytic technology allows the cement to create pollution-fighting systems when reacting with sunlight, reducing harmful atmospheric pollutants including nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) urban smog and other industrial threats to health and air quality.

"Always at the industry forefront for product innovation, Hanson Hardscapes is pioneering a whole new concept with sustainability at its core," said Leo Steffler, vice president, Hanson Hardscapes. "SmartCast Clean is manufactured with the same precision and encompasses the same strength and reliability we have offered with all of our products."

Utilized largely for commercial use, but applicable for residential building, SmartCast Clean requires minimal maintenance. The product is also pollution-reducing and has energy saving qualities that remain active for the life of the structure. The product's compressive and flexural strength exceeds all applicable ASTM and CSA standards.

SmartCast Clean pavers range from $5 to $6 per square foot and are available in Canada and Northern United States. SmartCast Clean contributes to the future of sustainable building with increased eligibility for LEED credits in the following categories:
Sustainable Sites
Material & Resources
Regional Materials
Durable Building
Innovation & Design

Hanson Hardscapes is a division of Hanson Building Products North America. One of Hanson Building Products corporate strategies is a continued focus on sustainability. The company is known throughout North America for its highest quality standards, environmental stewardship and excellent occupational safety.

About Hanson Hardscapes
Hanson Hardscapes is a premier manufacturer in the hardscape products industry, with 12 North American manufacturing and distribution facilities in Ontario, Canada, Florida, Michigan and Virginia and more than 40 years of experience in the industry. We are active members of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). For more information, please visit www.hansonhardscapes.com.

About Hanson Building Products North America
Hanson Building Products North America is comprised of Hanson Pipe & Precast, Hanson Pressure Pipe, Hanson Structural Precast, Hanson Brick, Hanson Hardscapes and Hanson Roof Tile. Based in Irving, Texas, Hanson Building Products North America employs approximately 4,500 people and operates 150 facilities with products available throughout the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about Hanson's sustainability efforts and quality products, services and building technology, please visit www.hansonbuildingproducts.com.

Hanson Building Products North America and its divisions are part of the HeidelbergCement Group, the global leader in aggregates with leading positions in cement, concrete and heavy building. The company employs approximately 57,000 people across five continents.

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