Large-scale community-driven projects like parks present a myriad of difficulties. For one, open spaces in communities can often be difficult to transition into usable land. Also, parks seem to be notoriously bogged down by oversight and committees.
If you have a path, driveway, or patio and are planning on redoing it, then you may have heard about porous paving? It’s also known as permeable paving or, rarely, pervious paving. There are a number of advantages – particularly for a patio or pathway in your yard.
Let’s talk about “Going Green“. You hear the word tossed around a lot, and its’ meaning seems to draw a fine line between environmental awareness and publicity. In an effort to be transparent, we are going to draw up a list of pros and — strangely enough — cons of using porous paving as part of your green project.
Porous paving is not a new invention by any stretch of the imagination. However, it is seeing surging popularity that doesn’t look to be slowing any time soon, according to Belgard. But why are more homeowners (and even business owners and landscapers) seeking more porous paving options now, when they’ve always been around? Well, we have listed some of those reasons below.
Paving is a great way to enhance your exterior living spaces. However, if not sufficiently porous, these landscaping features often cause drainage complications in major towns and cities. The environmental impact of building non-porous paving is dire, and it is why various councils all over Australia emphasise Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD).
Water scarcity is an ongoing, global problem that is predicted to affect two-thirds of the world’s population by 2025. While we do our part in conserving water by taking shorter showers or adjusting the sprinkler system, we don’t often think about our driveways. But impervious pavements all throughout our urban areas are a major factor in worsening water scarcity.
Have you ever stepped outside to get the mail, or let your dog out in the summer? Remember that instant feeling of discomfort when your foot touched the concrete that had been sitting in the hot sun all day? What if that didn’t have to happen? If, even on hot, sunny days you could walk down your front path in bare feet, or relax on your patio, without worrying about slipping on a pair of shoes before you stepped outside?
(AND THAT’S WHY IT WILL GROW)
In the past, using “green” construction methods or materials meant tacking money onto your budget.
Because, while these solutions were undeniably safer for the environment, they often required more time, more effort, and more work, which made them more expensive. However, green construction is growing in popularity these days.
The reason why is simple – they’re good for the environment, and becoming more and more affordable.
THE ADVANTAGES OF POROUS PAVING
Porous paving is one of the most obvious examples of a green solution that doesn’t hurt your bottom line. The paving itself is comparable to traditional concrete, with no immediate increase in costs.
However, because porous paving allows water to drain through it, it also means there’s no need to build additional ditches, gutters, or spillways to transport that water. Porous paving prevents chemical runoff, as well, and it does this job passively. Perhaps best of all, though, porous paving can be recycled when it reaches the end of its life.
That’s why so many companies are looking into installing porous paving solutions for their car parks, their sidewalks, and in many cases, their roads. Because this paving adds no extra costs, benefits the environment, and eliminates additional construction requirements that would be necessary with more traditional paving solutions.
If you’d like to know more about the green paving solutions available today, all you have to do is contact us. We are the experts in porous paving, and we can explain exactly what it can do for your project.
It’s no secret that there has been a recent trend in preference given to sustainable, environmentally friendly, and conscientious options for near everything from all facets of life. In a recent survey, this trend was highlighted further, showing the expected consumer demand for such products: 83.3% are predicted to want native plants, 80% low-maintenance landscapes, and 74% are likely to prioritise permeable paving. With the growing awareness of the impact humans have on our planet, this should come as no surprise: people are realizing that we all should do our part in keeping the planet healthy and unharmed.
In Australia, as part of the effort to reduce the risk of flooding from heavy rainfall, new residential and commercial construction is being designed with on-site water detention facilities as part of the drainage system. What that does is slow down the storm water runoff to help reduce the impact on local waterways.