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GRIPBlock Drives the Future with Instant Road Technology

Thanks to the latest in technology, GRIPBlock can create instant roads over any terrain—including uneven, swampy and unpaved areas—that drivers can pass over immediately.

“We have used GRIPBlock for skating rinks, restaurants and bars, art installations and benches, and now we are sharing how easy and effective it is to create a road with these amazing building blocks,” said Mark Lavelle, Global Sales Director, GRIPBlock. “In a matter of hours, you can have a drivable road, no matter what the climate or terrain and no matter where you live.”

Instant roads can be built with GRIPBlock’s LEGO-like building blocks, designed for strength, adaptability and ease of use. The structurally sound blocks can withstand the weight of cars and trucks alike. In addition, GRIPBlock’s white-glove service includes delivery, installation and removal, and roads can be rented on a temporary basis or created as a permanent structure.

For more information about creating an instant road with GRIPBlock, visit https://www.gripblock.com/

About GRIPBlock

GRIPBlock is a Canadian company based in Toronto and is part of the NUCAP family of technology companies that includes NRS Brakes, NUCAP Energy and GRIPMetal.

As part of its commitment to Build Back Better, GRIPBlock has constructed dozens of social distancing structures for schools, outdoor rinks for communities, and over 150 outdoor patios as part of Toronto’s COVID-safe outdoor dining program, CaféTO. GRIPBlock offers a white-glove service that includes set up, maintenance and removal for organizations interested in creating customized indoor and outdoor structures.

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The Bentway Moves with Joy Thanks to GRIPBlock

The Bentway, an innovative public space project that lies beneath Toronto’s major lakefront express way, plays host to year-round events, activities, art and inspiration for all. This December it welcomes a new art installation in the center of its famous figure-eight skating path, and thanks to GRIPBlock the installation will be safe and sound, and skaters will have a little something extra to hold onto as they make their way around the path.

The installation, “Moving with Joy” by Inuvialuk artist Maureen Gruben, features seven large-scale, richly coloured sculptural sleds as well as video footage and photographs captured from Gruben’s ice fishing camp. The GRIPBlock barrier wall, designed to protect the lit-up installation, was built around one of the seven large-scale sleds. The GRIPBlock barrier forms a custom curved design that follows the shape of the ice path.

At over 70-foot-long, the GRIPBlock barrier is comprised of 260 blocks and will be up until March 2022 when the Bentway ice skating path transitions into something new for the next season. Like the Bentway space itself, the blocks will be repurposed once the installation’s run is complete.

Every GRIPBlock barrier is built from renewable and reusable blocks that can be disassembled and rebuilt into new structures. Made only from natural materials, wood and aluminum, GRIPBlocks can be stacked like Lego bricks making it fast and easy to build any structure with minimal experience and zero foundation required.

About GRIPBlock

GRIPBlock is a Canadian company based in Toronto and is part of the NUCAP family of technology companies that includes NRS Brakes, NUCAP Energy and GRIPMetal.

As part of its commitment to Build Back Better, GRIPBlock has constructed dozens of social distancing structures for schools, outdoor rinks for communities, and over 150 outdoor patios as part of Toronto’s COVID-safe outdoor dining program, CaféTO. GRIPBlock offers a white-glove service that includes set up, maintenance and removal for organizations interested in creating customized indoor and outdoor structures.

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Building with GRIPBlock Means Less Human-Made Mass

In 2020, the amount of human-made mass surpassed the amount of dry weight for all life on earth for the first time ever. Human-made mass (also known as anthropogenic mass) is a measure of how people create and consume resources and, in turn, affect
the world around them.

Visual Capitalist turned a recent study from Nature into a stunning infographic that details the scale of human output. According to the Nature study, in 2020 earth reached a “crossover point” where each person, on average, produced anthropogenic mass equal or greater to individual body weight. At this rate, human-produced mass is expected to nearly triple global living biomass by the year 2040.

While human mass represents only about 0.01 percent of all biomass, humans are impacting the earth in critical ways: Fossil fuel and mineral reserves may run out in the next century if nothing changes.

Not surprisingly, concrete weighs in as the most frequently used building material (and second most-used substance following water) across the globe, followed by bricks and aggregates.

Unlike these and other materials, GRIPBlock does not contribute to anthropogenic mass or leave a negative environmental footprint. Rather, GRIPBlock is a 100 percent reusable and recyclable building block that leaves no trace.

With no paint, no VOCs, no plastics and no adhesives, GRIPBlock is the antithesis of building materials that harm the environment for generations to come. The sustainable building blocks are made from softwood lumber, which grows faster than hardwood and is considered a renewable resource.

The world population continues to grow, expand and evolve—which, naturally, affects the environment around us. Creation and consumption go hand in hand with population growth. While human-made mass only represented about 3 percent of the world’s biomass in 1900, it continued to double every two decades to exceed that figure today.

Concrete, bricks and other raw materials aren’t always at the top of the list when environmentalists think about preserving and protecting natural resources, however, they are a critical component of buildings, roads, laptops and most everything else we use in our daily lives. GRIPBlock presents a better, greener, cleaner alternative that involves zero chemicals or waste—paving the way to a brighter and more sustainable future.

About GRIPBlock

GRIPBlock is a Canadian company based in Toronto and is part of the NUCAP family of technology companies that includes NRS Brakes, NUCAP Energy and GRIPMetal.

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GRIPBlock builds a LEGO city for Stouffville Holiday Market

With a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree and booths designed to keep vendors and attendees warm, the first-ever Stouffville Holiday Market was an in instant success, thanks to support from GRIPBlock.

“Mayor Lovatt and his team gave us a unique challenge to put this winter market together,” said GRIPBlock CEO Montu Khokhar, who recently moved to Stouffville. “We were able to accomplish this with eight people, two trucks, 6,000 blocks and we created a mini-LEGO city in just 48 hours. We were very proud to do it for Stouffville, and the community came out and loved it.”

The Stouffville winter market featured over forty GRIPBlock structures including 25 vendor booths, a performance stage, a wall behind Santa and a giant wood Christmas tree, which was easily the star attraction of the show

Mayor Iain Lovatt hosted a countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree and thanked GRIPBlock for their support.

The Holiday Market was the perfect setting for GRIPBlock to demonstrate how it’s unique reusable block is ideally suited for outdoor structures that need to withstand the elements. GRIPBlocks can be stacked like Lego bricks to create strong and sustainable structures, with zero foundation. Made of renewable materials, GRIPBlocks can be reused and recycled making them one of the most eco-friendly building materials available.

About GRIPBlock

GRIPBlock is a Canadian company based in Toronto and is part of the NUCAP family of technology companies that includes NRS Brakes, NUCAP Energy and GRIPMetal.

As part of its commitment to Build Back Better, GRIPBlock has constructed dozens of social distancing structures for schools, outdoor rinks for communities, and over 150 outdoor patios as part of Toronto’s COVID-safe outdoor dining program, CaféTO. GRIPBlock offers a white-glove service that includes set up, maintenance and removal for organizations interested in creating customized indoor and outdoor structures.