Belgard Products Featured in IBS Show Homes

 

The New American Home
The New American Home in Orlando. Photo by James F. Wilson for NAHB.

Belgard® Environmental Collection permeable pavers are featured in the fabulous Greek Revival style “The New American Home” (TNAH 2011), the official show home of the National Association of Home Builders, open for tours this week to attendees of the International Builder’s Show 2011 (IBS 2011) in Orlando, FL.

Located a short shuttle bus ride from the IBS 2011, the home incorporates over 1,700 square feet of Belgard’s Eco-Holland Slate permeable pavers and 480 square feet of the Eco-Holland Charcoal permeable pavers. Permeable pavers allow rainwater to be absorbed into the ground, virtually eliminating destructive run off, potentially removing the need for retention ponds and underground sewer pipes. In addition, they contribute to LEED certification credits.

Eco Holland

Belgard Products Featured in IBS 2011 Homes
Eco-Holland
Available in a variety of colors, Eco-Holland can be laid out in numerous architectural designs, offering design flexibility and adding value to residential and commercial properties. Eco-Holland permeable pavers benefit the environment and have the strength to withstand both vehicular traffic and harsh weather conditions. Plus, they are ADA Compliant. Visit the Belgard website to learn more information on the entire Environmental Collection.

The New American Home
Featuring the latest in building products and innovative construction technologies, the home will be visited by industry professionals from across the globe. TNAH 2011 was certified by the National Green Building Standard with Emerald Status, the highest of the four levels of achievement in resource efficiency that the NAHB Research Center recognizes. Tours are available through Saturday, 1/15. Visit the show website for a schedule.

The Vision and ReVision Homes
Also in Orlando are the Vision and ReVision Homes, two ultra-energy-efficient homes featuring Belgard products. Shuttles from the IBS to both homes begin at 10am and last departure from the homes: 1/13 departs at 3pm; 1/14 departs at 4pm; 1/15 departs at 1:30pm.

Energy Efficiency & Environmental Solutions for Today’s Economy

ReVision House™ and Vision House Show Off Belgard® Products

Are you remodeling or starting new construction? Are energy efficiency and environmental impacts a concern for your next project?

Belgard Hardscapes and Suretouch® Veneer Systems, two product lines of Oldcastle Architectural Products, were selected to play a major role in Greenbuider Magazine’s ReVision House and Vision House (Orlando) demonstration homes, and are available for your projects.

Belgard pavers and Suretouch masonry are integrated into the homes, which are built with site-specific solutions for key green building issues.

ReVision Home
The ReVISION House will feature Oldcastle’s Suretouch masonry on the outside and Belgard’s concrete patio pavers and driveway pavers from the Environmental Collection. Photo Courtesy of Green Builder Magazine.  

Suretouch Veneer System

The ReVision House will be retro-fitted with Oldcastle Masonry’s newest product, Suretouch. The patented veneering system, with an insulation factor of R-13.5, creates a more energy efficient and acoustically comfortable environment. The system’s simple installation process is available in both concrete masonry stone and clay brick options, creating a beautiful exterior in a fraction of the time.

Eco Dublin

Belgard Permeable Pavers

 

Belgard’s Environmental Collection products, Subterra and Eco Dublin, in driveway and patio pavers perform at more than five times 100-year storm standards. These concrete pavers are spaced to allow rainwater to absorb into the ground, thus reducing runoff, filtering impurities, and improving drainage.

These  natural looking concrete pavers are durable enough for vehicular traffic and attractive to use, giving your project the benefits of green without compromising beauty and style.

Home Tours

Home tours of both ultra-energy-efficient homes will be conducted at the upcoming NAHB International Builders’ Show to be held in Orlando January 12-15.

Shuttles start at 10am and depart the homes at the following times:

1/12 departs at 4pm; 1/13 departs at 3pm; 1/14 departs at 4pm; 1/15 departs at 1:30pm

About the Homes: The ReVision House project, a deep energy retrofit, remodels an existing home that is currently below current new-construction standards for energy efficiency to not only meet current standards, but to outperform them by a whopping 70%. The Vision House project is completely new construction with realistic, sustainable construction ideas. Both projects provide real, cost-effective, sustainable solutions that are appropriate for today’s economy. And Belgard plays a key role.

Belgard Introduces: Urbana 60mm

A recent addition to Belgard’s Natural Collection, Urbana 60mm offers the look of clean-cut stone with a natural appearance. Urbana 60mm is available in a three-piece modular system created for maximum versatility. An optional large square is also available that adds a broader range of shapes and an even grander scale. This new product’s 60mm thickness makes it an ideal choice for patios, walkways and pool decks. The Urbana collection’s chiseled textures and contours combine with its random shapes and patterns to recall the look and feel of vintage cut stone.

“Urbana 60mm is a product that was literally made in response to direct feedback and requests from our customers,” says Belgard’s Vice President, Ken O’Neill. “Urbana has become increasingly popular in patio applications, and this 60mm product provides a more versatile solution. The look and ease of installation has not changed at all with the transition to 60mm.”

“In addition, creation of this product is another act of environmental stewardship on behalf of Belgard. A 60mm product reduces the amount of cement and aggregates needed to make the product and requires less energy to ship.”

Belgard’s Natural Collection features several paver styles, each crafted with uniquely contoured surfaces to create a truly organic look and feel. It’s the ambience of natural stone paired with the unmatched quality, consistency and durability homeowners have come to expect from America’s premier hardscapes manufacturer.

Belgard Introduces: Lafitt Patio Slab

The newest addition to the Belgard collection, Lafitt Patio Slab, offers homeowners and commercial properties an economical alternative to natural stone patios and walkways.

Lafitt Patio Slab interlocking pavers combine the timeless look of natural cut stone with a slate-like texture, creating a cost-effective alternative to dimensional flagstone. Similar in look to Belgard’s Mega Lafitt paver line, Lafitt Patio Slab offers large surface dimensions but a thinner profile, allowing for greater overlay opportunities on existing patios or walkways.

The easy-to-install 3-piece modular system comes in a variety of colors and laying patterns that complement any architectural style; and its thin profile provides ultimate design flexibility.

“The beauty of Lafitt Patio Slab is it’s a more sustainable product with greater flexibility,” says Ken O’Neill, vice president of marketing for Belgard Hardscapes. “Yet, it still maintains the look and feel of natural stone and the high quality and durability people expect from Belgard.”

Design tips and information on overlay design is available through our online technical resource center, BelgardDesignPro.

Going Green with Belgard Hardscapes

Homeowners looking for beautiful and eco-friendly hardscapes for patios, driveways, and walkways are turning to Belgard Hardscapes’ permeable pavers due to their ability to outperform both traditional concrete and asphalt paving in all areas—durability, wear, drainage, aesthetics, and long-term cost.

Belgard permeable pavers are installed over a gradient bed of gravel, which acts as a temporary reservoir and filters impurities before percolating down and back into the community water aquifer.  A self-sustaining home irrigation system can be easily created with the addition of an underground cistern and a pump.

With the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day less than a month away, what better time to make a commitment to sustainability? Request a free copy of the 2010 Belgard Catalog to view the newest products in Belgard’s environmental collection and learn design tips from America’s premier brand of hardscape products.

Belgard Collections: Environmental

Environmental stress is increasingly being placed on our resources. As more land is developed, the natural water filtration provided by the soil is continually being diminished. In turn, stormwater runoff (mixed with motor oil, fertilizers and other contaminants) can pollute lakes, rivers coastlines and groundwater. Fortunately, there is an alternative. Belgard’s environmental series of permeable pavers offers attractive alternatives to traditional paving materials designed for residential and commercial development. They are an environmentally and economically friendly choice.

The decision you make in pavers can directly help or harm water quality in your locale. Several styles of Belgard’s permeable pavers offer the strength, durability, slip-resistance and visual appeal homeowners desire, and much more. Specifically designed interlocking shapes and openings allow stormwater to rapidly flow through, eliminating standing water in walkways, patios, driveways and parking areas without sloping. As part of a bio-aquifer stormwater system, Belgard’s environmental pavers can virtually eliminate runoff, potentially reducing the need for retention ponds or underground sewer pipes. Offering a versatile range of products designed to suit any application, the collection’s aesthetic options promote design flexibility while protecting precious resources. Each style is designed to adhere to EPA and local regulations and to contribute toward LEED® certification.

View permeable pavers in action!

 

Featured products of the Environmental Collection:

Subterra

Subterra might be very well be the most attractive, natural-looking permeable paver on the market. With its false joint structure, Subterra offers the elegant look of natural chiseled stone, yet it is easy to install. Combined with its unsurpassed environmental benefits, Subterra is ideal for homeowners who desire environmental stewardship without compromising beauty and style.

Eco-Dublin

Smart-looking style meets smart science. The classic look of cut stone combines with contemporary materials technology in Eco-Dublin, the latest addition to Belgard’s Environmental Series of permeable paver systems.

Aqua-Roc

Attractive, versatile and durable. A new addition to the Belgard Environmental Collection, Aqua-Roc is a versatile paver featuring not only the environmentally-friendly benefits of a permeable paver ,but also high visual appeal, low maintenance and proven durability. Aqua-Roc’s versatile pattern range allows for flexible design options, making it an excellent choice for residential use.

For information about the benefits of permeable pavers and Belgard products available in your area, please contact your local Belgard Dealer.