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Educational program series focuses on sustainable paving solutions

This fall, EP Henry, a manufacturer of unit concrete products, will launch an educational program for civil engineers, landscape architects, and municipal planners on the benefits and installation techniques of sustainable paving options. Used in settings from municipalities to private- and public-sector projects, sustainable paving options such as permeable pavers provide an environmentally friendly and economical solution for transforming today's infrastructure.
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EPA Tool Helps Developers Add Green Infrastructure

The EPA has launched a National Stormwater Calculator to help property owners, developers, landscapers and urban planners make better land-use decisions to protect local waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff.
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What is Permeable Interlocking Pavement?


Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) is comprised of a layer of concrete pavers separated by joints filled with small stones.

Permeable Pavers: A solution that’s environmentally conscious and cost effective

In the business of commercial construction, to paraphrase an old song, the times are definitely changing. Rare is the city or county today that will simply permit stormwater runoff - especially from parking lots, shopping malls, office complexes, and other large commercial developments - to stream freely into overburdened offsite waste-treatment systems or local waterways. In addition, traditional options for onsite management - such as holding ponds and retention basins - are falling out of favor as both urban density and land prices increase.

Fortunately, when it comes to adhering to commercial stormwater management requirements, there's a solution that's both environmentally conscious and cost-effective. EP Henry ECO™ Permeable Pavers offer architects, contractors, and developers an ideal alternative to impervious traditional paving materials such as asphalt and solid concrete. They can even eliminate the need for onsite retention ponds and expensive drainage systems.

Here are just a few of the advantages of incorporating EP Henry ECO Permeable Pavers into your site development plans:

  • Green Recognition - EP Henry ECO Permeable Pavers not only help meet compliance with local stormwater management regulations, they also count toward credit points in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) program.

    For more information on the LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, visit www.usgbc.org
  • Tax Credits - As part of their strategies to encourage sustainable building practices and foster environmental stewardship, many municipalities, counties, and states offer substantial tax credits to projects utilizing permeable pavers in their construction.
  • Allows for Existing Sewer Systems - Permeable paver surfaces may also reduce the need for cities to increase the size of existing storm sewer systems to accommodate new residential and commercial developments. Municipalities prefer pervious concrete surfaces because they reduce the need to renovate or rebuild storm sewer systems when new developments are constructed.
  • Lower Installation Costs - Installing curbs, gutters, storm drain inlets, piping, and retention ponds can cost up to three times as much as low-impact methods for managing water runoff, such as permeable pavers. Projects that incorporate permeable pavers typically don't require storm sewer tie-ins, which eliminates the expense of installing underground pipelines and storm drains. Grading requirements for the pavement are also reduced because it is not necessary to slope the parking area to storm drains.
  • Increased Land Usage - Because an EP Henry ECO Permeable Paver surface is also a stormwater management system, it's not necessary to purchase additional land for installing large retention ponds and other water-retention and filtering systems. That means developers and property owners can use spaces more efficiently and maximize the return on their investment.
  • Less Expense Maintenance - As a result of permeable pavers' long-lasting durability, they require substantially less long-term maintenance and repair. Expensive maintenance for typical vehicle surface issues such as pothole repairs and asphalt resurfacing are virtually eliminated.