When we find ways to contribute to the health of our team and the health of the environment, we research and adapt. Making strides and allowing us to progress in our commitment to health and longevity is IQ Power Tools. Innovators in their field, they have created the world’s first dust free line of power tools. After acquiring, experiencing and working with the saw you see above, we want to highlight why this new tool is beneficial, shedding some light on the necessity of its creation. We could not be happier having this tool in our arsenal and truly believe in its ability. To keep it simple, when cutting concrete pavers with a regular saw, silica dust is released into the air, either finding its way to the ground or into the lungs of workers. It takes time to clean up once cutting is complete, requiring both manpower and chemicals. It unfortunately can potentially cause a lung disease, Silicosis, which over 2 million US workers currently are susceptible to while at work. This new dust control power cutter allows us to cut pavers dry (which increases their overall precision cut) while at the same time drawing the dust into a reservoir inside of the tool. Buddha Builders has taken this innovation to a creative level, recycling the dust collected and dispersing it into future concrete mixtures. Using this tool allows us to work safer and smarter, which is a beautiful thing.
Permeable pavers are making it easier than ever to reduce the amount of rain that turns into stormwater and are gaining popularity as a sustainable alternative to concrete and asphalt, showing up in both residential and commercial areas. Durable and able to take on the weight of traffic, permeable pavers are chosen for driveways, walkways, patios and city spaces.
So how does it work? Permeable pavers are installed over a gradient bed of aggregate, with aggregate filling the joints between each paver. When it rains, instead of water running into the street and into storm drains as it does with concrete and asphalt, rain water drains directly into the joints between the pavers and makes its way into the soil. This reduces the amount of run-off, manages storm water and lowers the risk of flooding. The aggregate within the joints of the pavers additionally act as a percolator, filtering out pollutants before they reach the gradient bed of aggregate and the soil below. With over 3 million gallons of “untreated sewage” dumped into the Puget Sound just this weekend, the importance of reducing the amount of pollutants that reach our waste management systems is far too clear.
Permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) is a great choice when looking to go green. The options available through our favorite paver supplier can be combined in many ways and allow an array of options that fit the style of your home. In some areas you may even qualify for rebates when you choose to add permeable pavers to your home.