Warm-mix asphalt wins innovation award

Better Roads, 19 November 2013

nova-statueThe National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has received the 2013 NOVA Award from the Construction Innovation Forum (CIF) for its work to speed the deployment and uptake of warm-mix asphalt.

“NAPA is proud to accept this award on behalf of the asphalt pavement industry, warm-mix technology developers, and our partners at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and state departments of transportation nationwide. The success of warm mix is due to cooperation and a willingness to innovate from road owners and builders alike,” said NAPA President Mike Acott.

Warm-mix asphalt made its way to the United States from Europe in 2004. By 2012, about 25 percent of all U.S. asphalt mix tonnage was produced as warm mix.

“In 2010, FHWA named warm-mix asphalt as an Every Day Counts initiative because it was a proven technology with environmental and construction benefits,” said Acott. “Three years later, most states have specifications for warm mix and its use continues to grow.”

The CIF NOVA Award recognizes and advances significant innovation in all areas of the construction industry around the world. A panel of internationally recognized experts selects the winners following a comprehensive investigation process.

Investigators noted that warm mix was selected for a 2013 NOVA Award, the investigators noted its ability to improve compaction, reduce fuel or energy use, improve worker comfort, lengthen the paving season and reduce overall paving costs.

CIF announced the 2013 winners on November 12 at the annual Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) National Conference in Tucson, Arizona. NAPA Director of Engineering Kent Hansen, P.E., and Matthew Corrigan, Program Manager at the FHWA Office of Pavement Technology accepted the award.


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