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  • Resistance to Permeability & the Environment Resistance to Permeability & the Environment

    Resistance to Permeability & the Environment

Resistance to Permeability & the Environment

Actually, most people are not resistant to the notion and methods of “Permeability.” What does exist, is the ignorance of how permeability can improve the environment and better replenish the water supply: our most valuable resource. Environmental education needs to begin and the pre-school stage of life. Old folks don’t really bother with the notion of permeability unless it directly affects them. Educating our children helps reassure that when they become the civil engineers, landscape architects and politicians, they will know better and implement permeable design and products.

  • Lateral Yard Drainage Solution Lateral Yard Drainage Solution

    Lateral Yard Drainage Solution

Lateral Yard Drainage Solution

Previous Condition Beautiful upscale house located on downhill sloping street. Excessive water generated from neighboring house (above) into yard and driveway. Existing asphalt driveway very unstable, deteriorates quickly and contributes to runoff. Uncontrolled water then drains onto lower neighbor’s house. Desired Solution (1) Catch and reroute upper neighbors watershed. (2) Reconstruct driveway and not allow water to accumulate in front of house and garage. (3) Expand driveway to include additional parking space. (4) Prevent any excess water to drain onto lower house property. (5) Seek environmental friendly construction that will not require constant repair and maintenance. Solution (1) Created 2 large stone catch basins (A&B) on each side of house. Constructed one deep French Drain “A” that intersected upper house drainage and connected to catch basis “A”. Covered top of French Drain with stone and plastic grid-pavers creating a permeable pathway. Dug another French Drain in front area of house running through driveway area base and around house into Catch Basin “B”. Excavated 8 inches on upper side of driveway to 12 inches on lower side of driveway. Used excessive excavation as fill for addition parking space. Laid down gravel base across the entire driveway area and paved with plastic grid-pavers, which were filled with Pennsylvanian Blue Stone. Results Achieved complete elimination of drainage problems. Flat permeable pathways, a smooth driveway with an addition parking space, aesthetically beautiful and increased property value. And satisfied customers and neighbors.  

By |October 16th, 2015|Application, White Papers|Comments Off on Lateral Yard Drainage Solution
  • Environmentally Brilliant: A Reality Check Environmentally Brilliant: A Reality Check

    Environmentally Brilliant: A Reality Check

Environmentally Brilliant: A Reality Check

Environmentally Brilliant! [Reality Check] There exist a product that is environmentally friendly, has long lasting value, and economical: it’s called the Plastic Grid-Paver. There exists a product that is not environmentally friendly, has a deteriorating value, and economically deceitful: it’s called asphalt. If you don’t value your money, use asphalt. If you value your money and time, use the Plastic Grid-Paver. If you desire potholes, black ice, smell, poison, and high maintenance, use asphalt. If you desire a durable long lasting pavement with minimal maintenance, use the Plastic Grid-Paver. If you do not care about floods, climate control, erosion and the environment, use asphalt. If you care about preventing floods and erosion while serving environmental needs, use the Plastic Grid-Paver. Reality check: Asphalt has been around for many years and you are conditioned to use it. But you have to educate yourself about the Plastic Grid-Paver in order to get out of your box. Let’s face it: Change is up to you. But your environment won’t wait for you. Keep Life Exciting: Think Forward. By Robert V Gerard Senior Partner, Green Way Pavements® © 2015 www.GreenWayPavements.com  

  • Permeable Streets Permeable Streets

    Permeable Streets

Permeable Streets

Permeable Streets (The New Age of Construction)   “The recollection of quality remains long after price is forgotten” —Shoe Manufacturer E.C. Simmons [22 June 1922] “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” —anonymous. Do these quotes have an effect on you? Don’t they ring a bell inside saying: “Been there; done that.” Generally, you pay for what you get. Construction job sites throughout America are basically awarded on the lowest bidder. Though the intent of “Lowest Bidder” appears wise on the surface, it also sets up the opportunity for inferior quality, corruption and eventual cost burdening repairs. Enough! Since the introduction of “Going Green Infrastructure” and “Sustainability” has been advocated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), massive migration towards better quality and product efficiency has reappeared. Municipalities, public and private sector construction has shifted their design criteria to reflect the new growing trend within the building and landscaping industries. Towards the top of the list of wrong-doing or negative windfalls, are our roads. From super highways to small driveways, the wrath of poor construction and corrupt contractors flourish. Enough! Roads in Europe generally last twice as long as American roads. That’s based primarily on design and maintenance models used by Europeans. Whereas, in America, more effort is placed on lowest-cost contracts and quick-fix repair mentality. Between 2008 and 2011, US States collectively spent $20.4 billion annually to build new roads and over $16.5 billion annually repairing and preserving the other 99 percent of roadways. According, State DOTs need to spend $43 billion dollars every year for 20 years to bring roads in poor condition into a good standard*. Enough! Having a good road infrastructure with low maintenance […]

Change has to Change

Change is one of the highest ingredients of Life. It’s up there with honesty, trust and detachment. It is the essence of Divinity. Change for better or for worse are obvious spectrums that define change itself. Change is subject to one’s perception and application. The thief changed his tactics and stole more diamonds. That can be categorized as a positive change, but not for the jewelry storeowner. The thief then stopped smoking, also a positive change. Where’s the jury on this? Our Earthly duality forces an array of spectrums upon us constantly. Black versus white, dark versus light. What exhausts me is hearing the oldie: “Is the glass half full or half empty. These dualities can get quite ambiguous, especially for children, and stubborn adults. Maybe we can change that! What about using the term “Improvement”! It absorbs change. Just takes it to a better place. Would mankind be better off using the word “improvement” instead of the word “change”? With that reasoning, keeping a positive attitude enlivens the creative Spirit in us all—even the thief. The word “Improvement” puts a distinctive momentum onto performance. It virtually captures every aspect of positive change and encapsulates it. The athlete has definitely improved consumes a multitude of changes undertaken by the athlete to excel. The attitude behind improvement carries more weight and purpose. And with attitude, there is behavior. Focusing more on human behavior will serve us more than the abstract of change. Rocks constantly change, but ever so slow. But seeing an alien in front of you would definitely change your behavior. The notion of improvement finds its roots in emotions, which infers ongoing memory and recall. The word “Change” connotes a rough and challenging process. […]

  • Spring: the mind of change Spring: the mind of change

    Spring: the mind of change

Spring: the mind of change

Spring is approaching and so are construction projects. Will the mind think about quick fix resolution (using asphalt) or will it awaken to efficiently integrating with the environment (using permeable recycled grid-pavers)? Let’s hope that this year be proud to demonstrate a major shift in the way our Landscape Architects and Civil Designers see and spec-in the benefits of new environmental products. ” I’m not that rich to buy cheap things”: a Croatian tale.

  • US EPA Sending Money to Municipalities US EPA Sending Money to Municipalities

    US EPA Sending Money to Municipalities

US EPA Sending Money to Municipalities

The Federal Government is pushing municipalities across America to reduce sediments and pollutants flowing into streams, rivers and lakes.  Indiana just received $500,000 for the cities of Gary and Holland. U.S. EPA makes $250 Million each year to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) towards: land conservation, reforestation, tree boxes, cisterns and rain barrels, downspout disconnections, wetland restoration, parks and greenways, rain gardens and bioinfiltration practices, permeable pavements, and green roofs. Money, in the form of grants and loans, however, municipalities could do more to properly educate and staff to deal this urgent need for better water management. Municipalities need to open their arms and good will to companies and vendors who supply environmental friendly products and services. Making America “Greener” is critical. Out of the 16 top industrial nations worldwide, the US ranks 13th, just one slot above Mexico. that’s embarrassing. It also indicates that Americans take too much for granted about their natural resources and opportunities for improvement. America needs to accelerate “Green Educational” Programs and Opportunities. Start now and ask your City Mayor and Commissioner of Public Works what they are to and plan to do to make water management in their city an environmental priority.

  • Satisfied customer Satisfied customer

    Satisfied customer

Satisfied customer

Fake modesty aside we think we are distributing a great product with more benefits than actual flaws. At the point when this is also confirmed by a satisfied customer all possible doubts are gone. So here’s the whole letter, re-typed, only because some might find it unreadable. Date: 4/14/14 To: Green Way Pavements   Just thought I would send a short note on how happy we are with our Green Way driveway. After enduring 42 years of streams of water running down our driveway, canoeing some basement flooding, dirt in the garage and other problems, I’m happy to say all those problems have been resolved. Despite numerous heavy rains and snow we have experienced no problems. The garage has had no water The garage has had no mud No ice has formed at the bottom of the driveway No streams of water in the driveway I’d recommend Green Way Pavements for anyone having these problems. Davis S. Vestal, NY 13850

By |April 23rd, 2014|White Papers|0 Comments

OMG: Another Tax!

Yep, another tax; and it’s just the beginning. Little may you know, but as far back as 1978, the concept of the Stormwater Tax, also known as “Rain Tax” or ”Driveway Tax,” has been conceived. Now it’s burgeoning all over North America. What a legitimate way for municipalities to generate more money. Needless to say, there is a lot of good behind it, as the tax serves as an awakening tool for all of us. It all begins with rain. It falls from the sky, into the ground, filters its way into the water table and eventually the streams and rivers. Wrong! Once that was a beautiful and natural cycle, but unless you live in a rural environment, most of the water lands (no pun intended) on some kind of pavement, scurries into a drain, flows into the sewer towards a treatment plant and pumped into a river. There’s no filtration, rather collections of pollutants from vehicles and fertilizers, it surges sewerage processing, and passes contaminants back into our water supply chain. So the fish get sick, the sewer treatment plants gets over burdened and city has increased maintenance expenses. Thus, the evolution of “Rain Tax” has ran its course back into your wallet. I actually believe that this tax has its benefits. First and foremost, it serves as a formal wake up call for government agencies, industry, environmental engineers, and the public. Too much has been taken for granted, especially something free as rainfall. Much more attention has been placed on oil resources and usage, but now the tides turning. Engines and machines will stop without oil, but Life can stop without water. Climate changes dictate a renewed study of weather pattern changes. There […]

By |January 14th, 2014|White Papers|0 Comments
  • Access Road in Phoenixville, PA Access Road in Phoenixville, PA

    Access Road in Phoenixville, PA

Access Road in Phoenixville, PA

Application: Plastic permeable grid-pavers for the long , curved driveway – access road Area in square feet: 3,000 sq ft Products used: Plastic permeable grid-pavers, gravel fill, with a standard base Construction period: June 2015   Description: Problem: The customer had muddy driveway – access road towards their home. Solution / Implementation: Remove and excavate existing surface; level and grade new ground surface; fill with crushed gravel #2 for drainage and strength; install bedding layer stone and screed, install permeable grid-pavers, tamper; fill pavers with stone and final tamper.

By |December 18th, 2013|White Papers|0 Comments