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AZEK pavers alleviate stormwater runoff issues

BY Ken Clark

AZEK VAST Pavers, now available nationally through pro lumberyards and building supply centers, had announced a welcome option to assist with stormwater runoff problems that offers great looks and durability. Brought to landscape contractors and DIYers through a strategic partnership between AZEK Building Products and VAST Enterprises, the product line’s Permeable paver in 4-in. by 8-in. size is designed to help alleviate residential and commercial stormwater runoff issues.

Made with up to 95% recycled scrap tires and various plastics, AZEK VAST Permeable Pavers install on an innovative grid system up to three times faster than traditional masonry pavers, according to AZEK. They are uniquely designed to reduce rain runoff into storm drains and decrease storm water pollutants by infiltrating rainwater on building sites. The pavers have a tested infiltration rate of more than 450 inches per hour (4.9 gallons per square foot per minute) when installed with aggregate conforming to ASTM D448 No. 8.  

According to Michael Gori, director of product management for AZEK Building Products, "With the beauty of traditional hardscapes, AZEK VAST Permeable pavers in 4-in. by 8-in. size are preferred by landscape architects and contractors for stormwater applications in large commercial jobs, including plazas and walkways, but work equally well for residential patios and driveways."

AZEK VAST Permeable Pavers are slip-resistant and manufactured with spacer lugs that are engineered to maintain a precise 0.275-in. space between pavers. This ensures that they can be installed according to ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG) # 302.3, which calls for such spaces to be no greater than one-half inch wide. Impact- and slip-resistant , they are easier on the feet than concrete or clay pavers. Like all AZEK products, AZEK VAST Permeable Pavers are engineered to last, featuring a lifetime no-crack guarantee for residential installations.

The AZEK VAST grids (manufactured of the same recycled materials as the pavers) are laid out on the same type of sub-base required for landscape or permeable pavers made of concrete. Installers insert the pavers into the grids and the pavers are automatically aligned. Once the sub-base is prepared, the pavers are installed on the grid to form the desired pattern quickly and easily.

The pavers are available in five colors.

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K.Williams says:
Aug-01-2014 07:01 am

I was deeply impressed with
I was deeply impressed with the creative-minded workers who laid down the paving stones artfully, which looks beautiful and grabs the attention of my guests much easily. I would like you to consult the same Johannesburg based professionals if you are planning to pave your driveways in a fashionable manner.

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NLRB urged to overturn retail micro-union certification

BY Ken Clark

The Retail Litigation Center (RLC) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) jointly submitted an amicus curiae brief to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in support of Bergdorf Goodman’s appeal of an NLRB regional director’s recognition of a micro-union at a New York store location.

Last month, the NLRB region 2 director ruled that the Bergdorf Goodman women’s shoe departments on the second and fifth floor constituted a valid bargaining unit. The ruling relied upon the controversial 2011 NLRB decision in Specialty Healthcare, which redefined the standard for bargaining unit determinations, ostensibly only for a limited sector. Nonetheless, the decision is being broadly applied, contrary to well-settled law and with fantastical results such as the two-shoe department unit ratified here.

According to the brief, “Longstanding Board precedent makes this an easy case. The regional director’s decision must be reversed because it does not comport with the well-established rule that created a presumption in favor of the whole-store union in the retail context. This whole-store presumption has been repeatedly applied, across the past half-century, to reject far more inclusive proposed units of retail employees than the two-shoe departments in this case.”

The concept of micro-unions emerged from the NLRB’s August 2011 Specialty Healthcare decision. The new definition of a proper bargaining unit allows union organizers to gerrymander a workplace by cherry-picking small groups of employees within a larger work force that might not otherwise agree to union representation in order to form a micro-union.

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Simpson Strong-Tie simplifies floor-to-floor connections

BY Ken Clark

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the new SDWF structural wood screw with TUW take-up washer.

The SDWF-TUW kit is faster and easier to install than other floor-to-floor connection methods, according to the manufacturer.

The unique design of the SDWF fastener enables it to attach upper and lower walls together from the top, spanning the floor system and providing an easy-to-install connection within the continuous uplift load path of the structure. The TUW take-up washer plays a key role in the long-term performance of the SDWF when installed between the screw and the sole plate of the upper floor. As the structure settles because of shrinkage and construction loading, the threaded portion under the head of the screw ratchets up through the tabs of the TUW. The interlock between the tabs of the take-up washer and the threads under the head of the SDWF prevent the screw from sliding back under load, providing a simple yet reliable means of shrinkage compensation up to 3⁄4-in. per story. 

The code-listed SDWF comes in various lengths with all required installation hardware.

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