ECOBit

ECOBIT™ warm mix asphalt is generating tremendous interest from DOTs, as well as towns
and cities in which citizens are increasingly sensitive to environmental issues. While this green
alternative is relatively new in the U.S., it has been proven in Europe, where it has been in use
for over ten years.

 

ECOBIT™ Warm Mix Asphalt – the New Asphalt Paving Solution
from All States Materials Group®

  • Extends the paving season, so you can plan projects to minimize traffic disruptions during
    peak travel months
  • Speeds project completion because less time is needed between the base and top course
  • Traffic delays and citizen inconvenience are minimized
  • Lower screed temperatures mean paver fuel savings and lower costs
  • Produces fewer greenhouse gases
  • Produces fewer emissions
  • Can use a higher percentage of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP)
  • Performance and durability equal to, or better than, conventional hot mix asphalt
  • ECOBIT™ warm mix pavement can be treated and maintained just like any conventional
    hot mix pavement
  • Eliminates the blue smoke and odor associated with traditional asphalt production, making
    it less invasive in the community

 

Contractors Do Not Need Special Equipment

ECOBIT™ warm mix asphalt can be placed using conventional hot mix paving equipment. This
means virtually all asphalt paving contractors will be able to bid on projects in which you specify
a warm mix solution.

 

Specifying ECOBIT™ Warm Mix Could
Result in Increased Competition, Lower Costs

ECOBIT™ warm mix asphalt's characteristics enable contractors to transport the product longer
distances from plant to project site, therefore the number of potential bidders could increase. The
increased competition can result in lower costs for your department.

 

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ECOBIT™ Warm Mix Asphalt is Cleaner to Produce

ECOBIT™ warm mix asphalt uses a process that allows production and application at
temperatures that are 50 to 70 degrees cooler than those generated by traditional hot mix
asphalt. ECOBIT™ reduces energy costs because less fuel is needed to produce a ton
of asphalt. Asphalt plant stack emissions are also significantly reduced and fuel consumption
drops by 11 to 30 percent when compared to traditional asphalt plants. Finally, when warm
mix is being used, the amount of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) can be increased, further
decreasing fuel consumption, emissions, and greenhouse gas production.

 

EcoBit Versus HMA

ECOBIT™ Uses Less Energy and Produces Fewer Emissions During Paving

ECOBIT™ warm mix asphalt technology has been shown to reduce the temperatures at which
the asphalt pavement is mixed and placed on the road by 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. These
cooler temperatures mean reduced fuel consumption, the production of fewer greenhouse gases,
and reduced worker fatigue during the paving process. This can result in cost-savings for taxpayers.

 

An Ideal Solution for Paving Near Sensitive Areas

Reduced fumes and odors make ECOBIT™ warm mix an ideal solution when paving near
sensitive areas such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

 

 

ECOBIT™ Warm Mix Asphalt is Just as Durable as
Conventional Hot Mix Asphalt.

Lower production temperatures mean the binder may age less in the production process.
This means less thermal cracking and improved long-term durability.

 

Fewer Emissions and Lower Temperatures Mean
Your Project can be Completed on Schedule.

Federal and regional air quality regulations already limit emissions in non-attainment1 areas.
Warm mix gives contractors in these (non-attainment) areas opportunities to produce asphalt
and avoid problems with emissions regulations.

The result? Your project can be completed on schedule without adversely affecting
the environment.

 

Your Paving Project is Less Dependent on the Weather

Warm mix asphalt paving can be done in colder weather, so your project's completion is
less dependent on the weather. Roads can be reopened faster and the public's inconvenience
is minimized.

 

1. In United States environmental law, a non-attainment area is an area considered to have air quality worse than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards as defined in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1970 (P.L. 91-604, Sec. 109). Non-attainment areas must have and implement a plan to meet the standard, or risk losing some forms of federal financial assistance. An area may be a non-attainment area for one pollutant and an attainment area for others.

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