If you’re a builder, you have to try to balance all aspects of a project. You need to make the finished product look clean and attractive, but at the same time you have to try to bring it in on-time, and under budget if it’s at all possible. While those constraints can sometimes feel heavy to carry around, they often lead to creative choices from builders willing to try unorthodox methods. Methods like using porous paving, for instance
In 2016 the Detroit Zoo completed installation of a permeable paving parking lot. The largest of its kind in the United States, this 215-space lot was installed as part of the zoo’s continuing efforts to lead the way on green construction initiatives.However, what the Daily Tribune failed to mention in its coverage is that porous pavement is far from a new invention. In fact, it’s been around since the last century, and it was commonly used all over Europe in buildings as a way to save on costs.
Porous paving is getting more and more attention these days. The name pretty much says it all; paving that allows water to drain straight through the stone, instead of pooling on top. Porous paving save time, effort, money, and best of all they can be recycled. However, there is a huge benefit to using porous paving we don’t often think about: porous paving can help prevent floods.
StoneSet provides property owners with safe, reliable green paving method that protects their environment without a lot of high maintenance in the future. We use locally sourced materials that are porous and durable. Our resin application is easy to clean and, allows water to permeate your trees, shrubs, and bushes. This reduces the hassle of clearing out loose stones and materials in your yard or driveways.
London is currently undertaking the task of flood control along an old creek bed called Counters Creek. Initially, the streambed became part of the Joseph Bazalgette’s sewer network in the 19th Century. Population growth led to more construction right over the top of this old creek bed and current sewer system. Over the years, this creek was lost in the annals of history but is once again making a name for itself.
Porous paving is a technology from the 1800s that’s finally beginning to see some major use in Australia. This paving is essentially concrete, but without the fine sand and particulate matter that normally fills in the gaps to make it completely solid. The result is a smooth, paved surface that looks like gravel, and which allows water to completely drain through it to the soil below. Even better, the porous paving captures pollutants like oil and chemical runoff, making sure those things don’t make it into the soil.
Landscape Architects are frequently asked to find creative ways to include green space in projects within urban surroundings that feature hard surfaces. The use of trees is often limited by the need to maintain the surrounding surface mulch or mowing requirements. Additionally, the accumulation of weeds, rodent damage and frequent foot traffic around curb-side tree trenches can cause tree growth problems.