Realm Of Design's Glass/Fly Ash Concrete
Last week buildaroo.com talked to Scott McCombs, founder of Realm of Design Inc. He gave us the scoop on a ground-breaking new product that he has been developing for the past several months. As a maker of concrete moldings and architectural stone, Realm of Design has been creating new products for the past 20 years. As of late, they have changed their philosophy to focus on how green-friendly their products can be.
Scott McCombs' intent, when developing his new concrete mixture, was to create an all-around green product to help protect the environment. The result of his determination is Green Architectural Stone. This revolutionary new concrete is unique, in that it is made of more than 95% recycled content. Recycled glass is taken and crushed in a glass crusher, whereupon it is mixed with fiberglass and Fly Ash to create concrete that truly comes from recycled content.
McCombs' usage of recycled glass and fly ash is unique, in that until now, fly ash could only be used as a small portion of the actual content of concrete. However, McComb claims that his concrete is composed almost entirely of fly ash and recycled glass. How innovative and ecofriendly! Although Realm of Design's concrete is not yet permitted for use as structural components, McComb believes that with his patent-pending technique, fly ash concrete could in-fact be used for structural elements in the future. Currently, this product can be used for its aesthetics or for other non-structural functions. And it is currently an easy way to obtain LEED credits for green projects.
In addition to speaking with us about his products, McComb expressed to us the frustrations of running his eco-friendly company out of Las Vegas, Nevada. As an open-loop state, Nevada has a recycling policy which makes it difficult for Scott McCombs to get the material he needs. McComb described the frustration of obtaining access to recyclable glass in competition with the local waste-collection franchise. According to Mr. McCombs, waste-collectors are often paid to remove recyclables for various companies, but are inclined to dump more of the material in landfills rather than recycle. But McCombs is optimistic that he can help enthuse the waste companies to recycle more and possibly to help change the future of glass recycling.
Realm of Design currently has a patent pending for its concrete formula. If Realm of Design obtains the patent to the formula, and is able to operate freely, they could consume up to eight percent of American glass waste!
buildaroo.com hopes to speak again with Scott McCombs, and Realm of Design very soon, to hear more about their innovative new products.