NGI Sports Offers Eco-Friendly Courts
Tennis courts are going “green.” And we’re not just talking about the color. For the past nine years, NGI Sports of Chattanooga, Tenn., has been applying “environmentally sensitive” methods for manufacturing and installing tennis courts, using recycled and sustainable materials. The company, a division of River City Athletics LLC, provides surfacing systems that replace the use of solvent and petroleum-based materials and employ alternative “green” materials instead.
For instance, NGI says that its Nova’ProBounce — a cushioned, all-weather surface system — replaces environmentally unfriendly solvent and petroleum-based asphalt pavements. The production process for ProBounce, says the company, doesn’t employ high volumes of fossil fuels or release hazardous gases, such as carbon dioxide. Also, no heavy equipment is required for the installation, further reducing the dependence on fossil fuels.
ProBounce is constructed using cold-applied, water-based resin coatings and natural aggregates. The patented pavement also utilizes a urethane waterproofing, says NGI, which is made from 60 to 70 percent recycled and sustainable natural materials by weight. Components of the coating are based on polymers extracted from soybean oil, a renewable resource. And NGI says it is a stronger material than traditional latex backing that requires extreme heat in the production-curing process.
NGI surfaces are “divorced slipsheets” — free-floating above the surface — and can be installed directly over cracked existing asphalt and concrete courts. The existing surface does not need to be removed, and the deteriorating pavement can be recycled, says the company. The surfaces can also be used in new construction and installed directly over a crushed rock base.