Melting Snow and Ice by Heating Pavements

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Journal titleBuilding Research Note
AbstractSnow and ice removal by heating the pavement is a costly operation. Experience has shown that the capital cost of installations ranges from $1.00 to $6.00 per sq ft and operating costs from 15 to 30 cents per sq ft per winter, or $10.00 to $15.00 per ton of snow. The cost of plowing and hauling snow in major cities in Canada is now between $0.50 to $1.00 per ton. Removing snow and ice by heating the pavement is still considerably more expensive than conventional methods. It is justified only at locations where other methods of snow removal would be difficult or expensive, where high traffic safety must be maintained, or where owners of property are willing to pay the high cost in order to eliminate manual snow removal. The number of snow-melting systems installed during the past years, and frequent inquiries received by the National Research Council concerning them, indicated a need for information for the design and cost benefit studies of such systems.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number6018
NPARC number20353297
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Record identifierb2e6b84e-0d0b-448a-8ce8-3c70b77a75ff
Record created2012-07-20
Record modified2016-05-09
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