Carlstadt, NJ— Hycrete Inc., a green building materials company named a 2008 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, recently completed a Seattle job that was its 100th project.
The New Jersey-based company produces an environmentally friendly admixture that integrally waterproofs concrete used in commercial construction. Developed over the span of nearly four decades, the Hycrete technology was first used in 2003 for a pre-cast barrier project.
The company began pouring its 100th project, a Seattle parking garage, earlier this fall. In 100 projects, the company estimated it has treated more than 5 million square feet of concrete.
The Hycrete Element admixture is certified Cradle-to-Cradle by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry LLC and is part of the larger Hycrete IntegraTek Waterproofing System. The system combines service with the admixture to waterproof entire concrete structures, and eliminates the need for external membranes typically used to waterproof concrete. This approach also makes the concrete more easily recyclable following demolition, and it can eliminate thousands of pounds of Volatile Organic Compounds, CO2 and non-renewable content, according to Hycrete.
Additionally, the admixture enhances structure durability by protecting against corrosion of steel rebar. Applications include below-grade foundations, elevated decks, parking garages, sidewalks and decorative concrete, bridge decks, and green roofs.