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Warm-Mix Asphalt Wins NOVA Award for Construction Innovation

International Construction Innovation Award Cites Environmental, Worker Safety, and Construction Benefits of Warm-Mix Asphalt


Tucson, Ariz. — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has received the prestigious 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 encompasses a range of technologies used to reduce the production and placement temperature of asphalt pavement mixtures. A variety of environmental, worker safety, and construction benefits have been realized through the adoption of warm-mix asphalt.


Warm-mix asphalt was introduced to the United States from Europe in 2004. Since that time, the U.S. has become the leading adopter and proponent of the technology. Last year, about a quarter 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. Winners are selected by a jury of internationally recognized experts following a comprehensive investigation process. To date, more than 700 nominations for the NOVA Award have been received from more than 20 countries. Worldwide, 98 innovations from 14 countries have received the coveted award.


In selecting warm mix to win a 2013 NOVA Award, the investigators cited its ability to improve compaction, reduce fuel or energy use, improve worker comfort, lengthen the paving season, and reduce overall paving costs.


The 2013 winners were announced Nov. 12 at the annual Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) National Conference in Tucson, Ariz. The award was accepted by NAPA Director of Engineering Kent Hansen, P.E., and Matthew Corrigan, Program Manager at the FHWA Office of Pavement Technology.



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About The National Asphalt Pavement Association
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), www.asphaltpavement.org, is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,100 companies as members, was founded in 1955.


About The Construction Innovation Forum and the NOVA Award
Formed in 1987, the Construction Innovation Forum (CIF), www.cif.org, is an international, non-profit organization that encourages and recognizes construction innovations. CIF created the NOVA Award in 1989 to recognize and advance significant innovation in all areas of the construction industry around the world. Nominations come from all segments of the industry and represent the efforts of owners, contractors, architects, engineers and others to improve the industry. The award nominations represent proven cost savings and quality improvement on actual projects.