Sustainable paving is an innovative paving concept that actually reduces stormwater runoff. This environmentally friendly alternative to conventional paving (asphalt and concrete) can help green our communities.
Its innovative design allows rain to pass through surfaces and soak into the ground. Sustainable paving, or permeable paving, helps mitigate the negative impacts of conventional paving by reducing stormwater runoff, improving water quality, reducing flooding, and recharging groundwater.
It can be part of an overall strategy to improve the environmental performance of our developed areas. Using permeable paving in parking and pedestrian areas helps reduce the temperature, volume, and velocity of stormwater runoff, filters and removes pollutants, and creates more sustainable communities.
Sustainable paving applies to a number of different materials, including porous asphalt and concrete, permeable interlocking pavers, and reinforced grass/gravel paving. It resembles traditional asphalt, concrete, and pavers but functions differently. Permeable paving systems allow rainwater to either pass through the paving material itself or through the joints between pavers instead of running across the surface. Runoff then enters an underground stone-filled storage bed where it can be released slowly, helping to manage stormwater in a sustainable manner at its source.
The key to effective sustainable paving systems is proper installation and ongoing maintenance. Proper installation is critical to the success of permeable paving. Our crews are nationwide and can provide ongoing maintenance. All permeable surfaces should be kept clean and vacuumed regularly, some as frequently as twice a year, to remove any sediment.