Hanson Hardscapes first to adopt spec for Essroc’s self-cleaning TX Active cement

Hanson Hardscapes first to adopt spec for Essroc’s self-cleaning TX Active cement
Published: 21 October 2009

Hanson Hardscapes is the first North American precast producer to incorporate TX Active, a self-cleaning, pollutant-reducing cement. Created by Essroc Italcementi, the specialty powder naturally breaks down organic and inorganic pollutants, including CO, NOx, SOx and volatile organic compounds, such as benzene and toluene. In a pavement, it also helps maintain aesthetic appeal by preventing the build up of discoloring soot, grime, mold, mildew, algae and bacteria.

Hanson Hardscapes is using TX Active in paver face mixes. Further contributing to the future of green building, Hanson pavers containing the specialty powder increase eligibility for LEED credits in the following categories: Sustainable Sites – Pavers are likely to maintain a higher solar reflective index (SRI) value for a longer period of time due to the self-cleaning properties Material & Resources – Most pavers use recycled content Regional materials – Hanson has 12 manufacturing and distribution facilities in Florida, Virginia, Michigan and Ontario, Canada Durable Building – Pavers used in rooftop applications have a longer life expectancy than traditional roofing options Innovation & Design – Pavers show exceptional performance in aged reflectance, air pollution abatement, durability and the potential for reuse/reinstatement.

Leading up to Hanson Hardscape’s paver program, TX Active had been specified for precast concrete sculptures at each end of the new Interstate 35 St. Anthony Falls Bridge, linking Minneapolis-St. Paul. After parent Italcementi commercialized the powder in Europe, Essroc brought the product to North America in 2006.