Romex Wins Top Prize at 2022 Hardscape North America (HNA) Awards
We are delighted to announce that our beautiful residential project at Wedge Lane, Whistler, BC has won the top prize at 2022 Hardscape North America (HNA) ceremony which recognises outstanding hardscape projects in the U.S. and Canada. The permeable, heated driveway paving system was submitted to the Combination of Hardscape Products – Residential less than 4,000 SF category and collected the award for its seamless integration of natural stone, radiant heat technology and use of permeable paver setting and jointing solutions.
The annual awards program, organized by ICPI, honors outstanding residential and commercial hardscape projects. Entries feature hardscaping designs for walkways, patios, pool decks, outdoor living kitchens and living spaces, and driveways as well as commercial plazas and streets. ROMEX North America’s winning submission was announced at the 2022 HNA Awards Ceremony on October 20 during the Hardscape North America trade show at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
The aim of this large residential driveway project was to create a beautiful, maintenance free and functional driveway that both matched the quality of the house build and allowed the homeowners to use their driveway year-round, whatever the weather. Paul Sangha Creative specified ROMEX’s 10-year system warranty in conjunction with natural stone basalt pavers and jumbo flagstone inlays. The project was installed expertly by C-Mac Contracting Ltd who overcame several logistical challenges throughout the project and delivered a result that all project stakeholders are extremely proud of. The use of ROMPOX® – TRASS BED as the permeable mortar bed provided a sufficient foundation to support vehicular loading and allowed for efficient heat transfer from the radiant heat system. The design team were thus able to reduce costs on the project by eliminating the need for a concrete slab. Further benefits included the incorporation of an efficient stormwater management strategy by allowing rainwater and snow melt to return naturally to the water table via the permeable paving system.
Our ROMEX® System Guarantee (RSG) paving system comprising of ROMEX® – TRASS BED permeable bedding mortar, ROMEX® – ADHESION ELUTRIANT bond bridge and ROMEX® – D1 permeable jointing mortar was chosen to work in conjunction with the radiant heat system. The fully bonded, permeable setting system allows for a more efficient heat transmission to the paver surface when compared to traditional methods such as sand as the insulating properties of sand result in higher system operating costs than the RSG 10 system. The ROMEX® system delivers a life expectancy of 50 years meaning it was the ideal solution to support medium weight vehicular loading up to 7.5 T, be able to withstand regular pressure washing and reduce the project timelines due to the speed and efficiency of the installation. The paving system has the capability and durability to withstand harsh winter climates and eliminate the potential of freeze-thaw damage, while working seamlessly with the radiant heat system to ensure the driveway remains safe and user friendly all year round.
Upon receipt of the award, Co-Founder & VP Operations Tom Kirk commented, “This project has been a pleasure to be part of and a standout for Romex in North America. The incredible design and property were matched with the skill of the install crew onsite who pulled out all the stops to make this happen, from installing over radiant heat to Jumbo Flagstone inlays and running into winter weather conditions the collaboration between the project team made this happen. We are immensely proud that the beautiful stone paving, design and install quality was met with Romex’s market leading RSG setting system to make this project an outstanding legacy for years to come”.