Alternative Surface Consolidation in Northern Climates_ phase 1

Prof. Anna Thurmayr and Dr. Kris J. Dick

Alternative Surface Consolidation

Anna Thurmayr, CSLA and Dr. Kris Dick; Professors at the University of Manitoba

The aim of the project is to test economical and ecological construction methods in the cold prairie climate of Winnipeg. Based on comprehensive research the goal of the project is to provide successful construction recommendations and to market alternative methods to the industry. The project is located within the Alternative Village, a community-sized laboratory on the Fort Garry campus of the University of Manitoba which integrates hands-on learning with research, experimentation and community outreach. Contrary to dominant methods of surface consolidation (asphalt, concrete) the project will explore techniques which allow infiltration of precipitation. Consequently, this design approach contributes to passive flood prevention, eliminates demand on stormwater systems, enriches groundwater and scores points for LEED projects. The mostly green appearance of alternative surfaces is certainly a visual statement and raises awareness of environmental issues. This research work will be published in trade journals.

Note: (12.2013) The research has been published as "Parking as a Creative Challenge: Arenas for Cars and More", by Thurmayr, Anna,The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 2, Issue 4, 2011, pp.81-92