Gallery: NYC Swapping Wooden Boardwalks with Concrete Version That Coul...

Although most nature lovers may agree that to walk barefoot on wood beats doing so on concrete, there are certainly reasons for environmentalists to support these new materials: namely so that more ipe, amazon forest wood, won’t have to be cut and shipped, destroying natural habitats and producing emissions in travel. It is generally understood that if these storms continue to plumage east coast communities, building with traditional boardwalk materials isn’t a sustainable solution.

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  1. Stephen Beach January 4, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Thank you for the article, you bring up a lot of good points about sustainability and environmental impacts with different boardwalk materials. I am a Project Consultant for PermaTrak, a precast concrete boardwalk system that offers a sustainable, durable alternate to traditional boardwalk materials. If you’re interested, we have an article on our website about the differences between timber boardwalk designs and concrete boardwalk designs. It can be found here: http://www.permatrak.com/news-events/bid/89876/6-Design-Differences-1-Great-Debate-Timber-Boardwalk-vs-Concrete-Boardwalk . Thanks again for your insight, I’ll continue to follow this topic on Inhabitat.