the foundations for a truly circular economy
“Repeated repairs of civil infrastructure over their service life is decidedly unsustainable“(Vision 2020)
Because repairs are often short-lived (with around half of all field repairs failing) many developed countries are experiencing unprecedented amounts of civil infrastructure deterioration, so much so that the annual outlay for repair and rehabilitation has outstripped the cost of new infrastructure construction
Maintaining, repairing and replacing infrastructure is estimated to be costing $20 billion in the U.S. every year, with around $2.2 trillion needed over the next five years for repairs and retrofits.
(Mather and Warner 2003/ Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology )
This one bollard was replaced six times last year, until eventually the entire traffic island needed replacing. At this rate it will cost WA taxpayers around $1 million over the life of the development for this one bollard, but the cost is not only economic, the social and environmental impacts are also unsustainable
Concrete is one of the largest levers we have to inhibit climate change and repeated repairs are unsustainable
The cement industry (responsible for 8% of worldwide emissions and considered the most destructive material on earth) is one of the largest levers we have to inhibit climate change
As our urban populations continue to grow at unprecedented rates, projections suggest our use of natural resources could double, or possibly triple, by 2050 and although recycling is good, (we only recycle around 3 percent of concrete waste) all the money spent on recycling is not solving the problem
The good news is.. concrete can last 100 years
Concrete pavements have a relatively long service life, ranging from fifty to a hundred years and yet an item of street furniture or roadside infrastructure (vulnerable to environmental conditions, vandalism and impact from errant vehicles) has a relatively short life expectancy (anyone in the industry knows some keep left signs on traffic islands may not last a week and cannot be relocated), reducing the lifespan of pavements from 100 years to as little as one week.
“The solution is so simple it’s almost impossible to believe“The Sunday Times
Smart Urban was awarded Department of Commerce Innovator of the Year for developing Smart Sustainable Foundations that preserve valuable concrete footpaths and pavements for the entier lifespan of a development
These three components are all you need to build self-healing developments and to heal existing developments one foundation at a time. Using these 3 low cost products you can install all roadside and urban infrastructure from small tables and signposts to large lighting and traffic light columns and bollards.
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60 mm Smart Sustainable Foundations
Use to secure 60 OD posts, grab-rails, barriers, bollards and street furniture. Unit includes: Smart Self-healing ground socket, Smart Self-locking Taper, and cap
Smart Impact Recovery System for 150- 168 mm bollards
Includes Surface Mount option
Used to secure 150 – 168 mm diameter bollards on Smart Sustainable Foundations, Re-usable Smart Impact Recovery Rings make both the bollard and surrounding foundations re-usable impact after impact
114 mm Smart Sustainable Foundations
Designed to secure 114 mm diameter Sure-Stop bollards, traffic light and lighting columns on Smart Sustainable Foundations and columns can be removed quickly and efficiently using a hiab. Currently under development
“ Our selection is not based on price alone, we also took into consideration the safety & saving aspects. The Smart Sustainable Foundations allow quick replacement of items with no further effort required to the base, (providing a significant cost benefit in replacing the damaged item by re-using the existing footing ) and reduces risk of injury to employees by reducing time spent on traffic islands exposed to traffic.”
Main Roads WA
“I’m looking forward to 2030. In my vision, we’ll share an economy that is restorative and regenerative, that preserves ecosystems, increasing their return over time, that creates prosperity, and that fuels growth by capturing more value from existing infrastructure and products. Urban planning will integrate new technologies effectively, avoiding the risk of massive structural waste.”
Ecerpts from Vision 20303, Annual meeting of Global Future Councils
Let’s work together to build a better future
We are seeking like-minded organisations to join us in our endeavour to heal our cities and help build a better future. If you have a passion for building abetter future and reducing the consumption of fossil fuels, please contact us to discuss how you can help, or to discuss how we can help you
Note: Where possible, Smart Urban products are made from recycled waste, and are 100% recyclable . Materials that are not recyclable locally can be returned to Smart Urban for recycling.