Eyeing larger projects for its Composite Paver, Vast Enterprises, LLC, developed a 4- _ 8-in. version and installation grid. Although Vast's first composite masonry product, introduced in 2007, was a 3- _ 6-in. landscape paver, the 4- _ 8-in. unit reportedly is the most popular for large commercial hardscapes such as parking areas, walkways, building entrances and plazas, company officials note. The Vast units weigh less than nine pounds per square foot, they add, providing transportation cost savings, easier handling, and unique suitability for rooftop patios and decks.
A boon to green building and sustainable development projects, Vast's proprietary composite blend contains up to 95 percent recycled car tires and plastic containers. Vast Composite Pavers are cradle-to-cradle green and help projects earn more LEED certification credits than any other paver, affirms Vast Enterprises Chief Executive Officer Andy Vander Woude. Through 2009, installations of Vast Composite Pavers have diverted 2.75 million pounds of old car tires and plastic containers from getting dumped into U.S. landfills.