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Not for Squares: Quadro Apartments Built for Miami’s Tropical Climate

In December 2019, the first residents of the Quadro Apartment complex moved in. The mixed-use development in the heart of Miami’s Design District integrated Penetron crystalline technology to ensure the crucial below-grade concrete structure would be waterproof and durable.(PRWeb January 23, 2020)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/not_for_squares_quadro_apartments_built_for_miamis_tropical_climate/prweb16851562.htm

Not for Squares: Quadro Apartments Built for Miami’s Tropical Climate

Keeping concrete deterioration away: High groundwater levels demanded Penetron’s integral crystalline solution to protect against the extreme chloride ion exposure – and keep construction on schedule.

As recent ACI test results have shown, concrete treated with PENETRON ADMIX can last up to 60 years longer than untreated concrete. It turned out to be the optimal solution for Miami’s tropical climate.

EAST SETAUKET, N.Y. (PRWEB) January 23, 2020
In December 2019, the first residents of the Quadro Apartment complex moved in. The mixed-use development in the heart of Miami’s Design District integrated Penetron crystalline technology to ensure the crucial below-grade concrete structure would be waterproof and durable.
The Quadro, a residential/commercial building on the former studios of WPLG-Channel 10 in Miami’s Design District, was envisioned by Behat Font Partners and built by Alta Developers. The 13-floor tower features 198 rental apartments with open floor plans ranging from 548 square foot (50 m2) studios to 1,280 square foot (116 m2) 3-bedroom apartments. The Quadro complex also has 26,888 square feet of commercial/retail space on the ground floor and underground parking for 387 cars.
Revitalized Design District“The Design District in Miami is a neighborhood of art galleries, showrooms, creative start-ups, architecture firms, luxury fashion stores, antiques dealers, restaurants and bars,” adds Christopher Chen, Director of The Penetron Group. “Once a neglected, run-down area that had fallen into disrepair, the Quadro project is further confirmation of its reemergence as a trendy shopping, dining and cultural destination.”
With panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, amenities at the Quadro also include a swimming pool with a large deck and cabanas, patio deck with a summer kitchen and BBQ, game room, residents’ lounge, fitness center and yoga room, pet-wash room, and bicycle room.
Ensuring durable below-grade concrete elements“With a construction site only two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, the project owners at Alta Developers needed secure – and waterproof – below-grade foundation elements to ensure durability,” adds Christopher Chen. “We worked with Titan Concrete, the ready-mix supplier, and proposed an optimal waterproofing solution.”
The design and construction team faced various challenges due to the high groundwater level on the jobsite and extreme chloride ion exposure, both major causes of concrete deterioration. Initially, the project engineers specified a bentonite membrane as the waterproofing solution. However, the local Penetron specialist showed that implementing a solution based on integral crystalline technology would not only streamline the construction schedule, it will guarantee a durable structure with an extended service life.
Titan Concrete supplied the PENETRON ADMIX-treated concrete used to construct the elevator pit/pile cap, ensuring a waterproof and durable concrete matrix.
Permanent concrete protection – and self-healing capabilityEasily mixed in during batching and unaffected by climatic conditions, PENETRON ADMIX forms an integral part of the concrete from day one and lasts for the life of the concrete. A permanent solution with self-healing capabilities, PENETRON ADMIX-treated concrete will self-heal and seal all hairline cracks that form – for the life of the concrete. This crystalline waterproofing admixture is designed to protect concrete in critical environments, like the Quadro construction site in Miami.
“As recent ACI test results have shown, concrete treated with PENETRON ADMIX can last up to 60 years longer than untreated concrete,” says Christopher Chen. “It turned out to be the optimal solution for Miami’s tropical climate.”
The Penetron Group is a leading manufacturer of specialty construction products for concrete waterproofing, concrete repairs and floor preparation systems. The Group operates through a global network, offering support to the design and construction community through its regional offices, representatives and distribution channels.
For more information on Penetron waterproofing solutions, please visit penetron(dot)com or Facebook(dot)com/ThePenetronGroup, email CRDept(at)penetron(dot)com, or contact the Corporate Relations Department at 631-941-9700.

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Climate Focused Startup Nori Completes Pre-Seed Round and Launches Carbon Marketplace

The Nori Team at TechStars Accelerator

The market for products and services powered by captured carbon is huge, $1 trillion in the U.S. alone. Globally, that number rises to $6 trillion.

SEATTLE (PRWEB) January 22, 2020
Using its own marketplace and cryptocurrency token, Nori incentivizes farmers to practice regenerative farming, a set of principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services. Beyond carbon storage, regenerative farming increases the soil’s water-holding capacity, stops soil erosion, protects the purity of groundwater and sets up the conditions for crops to become more disease and pest resilient. 
According to a 2014 Scientific American article, topsoil depletion could starve the world in 60 years. In a catch 22, farmers would need to change the way they do business, but that change comes at a steep price most cannot afford.
Now, with Nori’s token incentives, farmers will no longer have to face the daunting prospect of lower incomes when implementing regenerative farming because Nori’s marketplace will set the price of carbon removal at a fair price and remove the seven or eight layers of middlemen in the traditional carbon offset markets.
2020 is already shaping up to be big for Nori. The company is onboarding nine new farm projects and has another dozen waiting in line. These projects represent over 100,000 new tonnes of CO2 removed for sale. And with the close of the pre-seed round, the company is staffing up to handle the intense interest they are getting from both sides of the market.
In the second half of 2019 Nori launched its marketplace and completed the Techstars Sustainability program. As well as delivering on their milestones, the company closed (and oversubscribed) their $1.3M pre-seed round in December. And it’s no wonder investors are flocking to Nori.
The tokenomics of the project are simple: According to the Nori White Paper, one token equals one tonne of carbon removed. Once a carbon removal claim is verified by an accredited independent third-party, Nori issues a Nori Carbon Removal Tonne (NRT).
With the current system muddied by politics and middleman, prices are all over the map. The New York Times reported that in the 9 Northeastern states, the cost is $5, yet in California, the price is $15. In the EU, the price is $25 and British Columbia enacted a tax on oil and gas that will raise the price to $38 by 2022. The market for products and services powered by captured carbon is huge, $1 trillion in the U.S. alone. Globally, that number rises to $6 trillion.
While the enterprise side of the business would appear to be the most profitable, Lucas Joppa of Microsoft is quoted in Marketplace that he has seen, “incredible customer demand all around the world for digital solutions to help them better understand, monitor and optimize for their own carbon footprints.“
By implementing a simple token, Nori is able to scale to accommodate both major enterprise clients, as well as individual customers. From offsetting a factory or a taxi ride, a simple token is all it takes.
Companies like Black Rock Ventures have openly shared their mandate that all of their portfolio companies have a carbon policy. And the world’s largest companies, like Microsoft, are committing $1 Billion toward reversing climate change. Elizabeth Willmott, Carbon Program Manager at Microsoft discussed what they look for in a project, “We need to invest in carbon removal solutions that are immediately available and environmentally verifiable, and those for us could include natural climate solutions such as soil carbon sequestration.”
On the back of their recent traction and funding, Nori is fielding a lot of investor interest and will be raising a $5 million seed round in 2020 to expand its 10-person team.

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