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  • 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 […]

  • 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.

Product summary

The Green Building Council adopted industry standards and a scoring system in Year 2000 that has resulted in acceleration in the design and construction of “Green” buildings and surroundings. Their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED) has become a benchmark for architects and construction companies seeking the highly sought-after silver, gold and platinum ratings verifying the “greenness” of their projects. Recycled plastic grid-pavers serve as an excellent soil stabilization system, which is a LEED point-eligible paver that can make any building’s surroundings “green” by providing drainage, paths, walkways, and trails that grow grass and percolate up to ten inches of rainfall per hour instead of creating a solid watershed that comes with the use of solid paving materials such as asphalt or concrete. Now architects and engineers, planners and developers are thinking “Green”; designing and building eco-friendly, energy-efficient, high-performing, sustainable, and water conserving buildings and surroundings with features that promote natural over chemical, recycled over new, and renewable over expendable. While the initial cost to “go green” may be a little bit higher than using more conventional building methods and materials, the payback in energy efficiency, water conservation, and even worker productivity easily exceeds those initial costs.

By |December 13th, 2012|GWP™ means Green|0 Comments
  • Consumer Benefits of Plastic Grid-Paver System Consumer Benefits of Plastic Grid-Paver System

    Consumer Benefits of Plastic Grid-Paver System

Consumer Benefits of Plastic Grid-Paver System

Plastic Grid-Paver System allows water to drain or permeate into the base. Many years asphalt was the top choice for driveways because it was simple and cheap to install. With the high price of oil the price of asphalt has changed substantially. Recycling the plastic waste and putting in a plastic grid-paver system becomes slightly less expensive. Why would a homeowner or commercial agencies choose recycled Plastic Grid-Pavers: Recycled Plastic waste turns into an environmentally neutral product that will not crack and rarely needs repairs even after decades of use. It is UV resistant, frost neutral and can withstand the heat. Creating Green Environment – recycled plastic grid pavers are easy to install and give people the space that is green and still can be used for parking because the plastic grid-pavers are protecting the grass roots. Storm Water Control – Water flows through the grid-pavers into the soil, and it becomes naturally filtered. Asphalt and concrete let pollutants from a car flow straight into drains and directly into the lakes and streams, creating floods. Prevent/remedy erosion on property. Contribute to the improvement of the environment by diminishing storm water contaminants in streams and rivers. Provides groundwater recharge and reduce storm-water runoff. Preserve and prevent erosion of stream beds and river banks if property drains directly into a stream. Minimize excessive pooling in low-lying areas due to runoff. Retain water on property which will benefit plants on property. Return water to the water table on property. Mud Control – Gravel driveways without grid-pavers form muddy spots and potholes. By using a recycled plastic grid-pavers system the water flows away from the surface, gravel is on the surface, water drains into the sub-base and help control mud. Recycled plastic grid-pavers […]