Concrete Products

APR 2019

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 20 of 63 April 2019 • 19 NEWS SCOPE PIPE Traditionally used for underground stormwater management, Rinker Materials views its 30-ton concrete pipe as the next generation of modular tiny homes that can be assem- bled in less than a day. space. To streamline the process, Rinker Materi- als turned to fellow Quikrete companies, Custom Building Products and Keystone Hardscapes, for the tile and paver installation, respectively. "Exploring our concrete pipe as a tool to fight homelessness and overpopulation along- side the AIAS has already proven to be a viable prospect," said Tom Hartley, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Rinker Materials. "San- dra's unique perspective resulted in a smart, repeatable design that could truly make tiny concrete pipe homes accessible to anyone. Com- bine that with our national distribution and there isn't a community we couldn't potentially help. Ultimately, our long-term goal is partner- ing with HUD, FEMA and similar organizations to make tiny concrete pipe homes a reality for those in need." The wooden-frame, four-section modular tiny home design—kitchen, bathroom, living area and combination bedroom/office—can be assembled in a Rinker Materials concrete pipe in less than a day (excluding electricity and plumbing). The 30-ton, fire-resistant concrete pipe can be easily transported on a flatbed truck and simply requires eight commercial-grade rubber wheel chocks to stabilize the tiny home. While amenities will dictate the final cost of a tiny home built from concrete pipe, which is about $14,000, the prototype revealed at the International Builders' Show was about $35,000.

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