Will permeable pavers work for your business?
Permeable pavers, also known as permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP), provide stormwater management by reducing runoff volume and rate, filtering pollutants and keeping water on site, reducing the need for retention ponds. Europe has been using PICP since the late 1980s and debuted in the United States in the early 1990’s.

Permeable pavers are part of a system of various layers and sizes of crushed stone. These pavers have joints filled with aggregate allowing water to flow through like a grate from the surface into the groundwater, as shown in the system below.

The joint sizes can vary (1/8 – 1/2 inch wide) depending on the volume of water that must be managed. Permeable pavers are 3 1/8 inches thick compared to thinner non-permeable pavers, which are approximately 2 3/8 inches thick.

Permeable pavers have incredible durability and can be used in a variety of climates and applications ranging from patios to parking lots. Since the earth below is warmer than ambient air temperature the snow melts and drains allowing heat to waft through the system. The surface can be plowed like other surfaces but with less need for deicing products since there will be no puddling.

Life-cycle costs are the biggest benefit! You don’t have to build a retention pond and you are creating water savings. With additional design techniques, water collected from PICP can be retained in a cistern for washing cars, watering plants, etc. You don’t have to seal or replace as often as other surfaces and repairs are straightforward, removing and replacing individual pavers. Ongoing maintenance consists of keeping debris from clogging joints by vacuuming the surface one a year.
Will permeable pavers work for your business?
Permeable pavers, also known as permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP), provide stormwater management by reducing runoff volume and rate, filtering pollutants and keeping water on site, reducing the need for retention ponds. Europe has been using PICP since the late 1980s and debuted in the United States in the early 1990’s.

Permeable pavers are part of a system of various layers and sizes of crushed stone. These pavers have joints filled with aggregate allowing water to flow through like a grate from the surface into the groundwater, as shown in the system below.

The joint sizes can vary (1/8 – 1/2 inch wide) depending on the volume of water that must be managed. Permeable pavers are 3 1/8 inches thick compared to thinner non-permeable pavers, which are approximately 2 3/8 inches thick.

Permeable pavers have incredible durability and can be used in a variety of climates and applications ranging from patios to parking lots. Since the earth below is warmer than ambient air temperature the snow melts and drains allowing heat to waft through the system. The surface can be plowed like other surfaces but with less need for deicing products since there will be no puddling.

Life-cycle costs are the biggest benefit! You don’t have to build a retention pond and you are creating water savings. With additional design techniques, water collected from PICP can be retained in a cistern for washing cars, watering plants, etc. You don’t have to seal or replace as often as other surfaces and repairs are straightforward, removing and replacing individual pavers. Ongoing maintenance consists of keeping debris from clogging joints by vacuuming the surface one a year.