Permeable Pavers: Patios, Walkways, and Driveways Made of Porous Pavement

To help reduce surface runoff, consider using permeable pavers — porous pavement — instead of old-fashioned concrete.



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Green building expert Dan Chiras provides information and recommendations on energy-saving and eco-friendly projects in this ongoing department, “Green Home Improvement.”
KEITH WARD
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Permeable pavers are used to create attractive driveways that support the weight of vehicles.
UNI-GROUP USA
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Rain and melting snow can drain through the spaces between permeable pavers (porous pavement) to replenish groundwater.
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A gravel driveway made with the Gravelpave2 system allows water to filter through the gravel.
INVISIBLE STRUCTURES INC.
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Pervious concrete reduces the problem of storm water runoff from driveways.
MISSISSIPPI CONCRETE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION AND THE SOUTHEAST CEMENT ASSOCIATION
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The open-cell concrete grid of this driveway protects roots from compaction, which would eventually kill the grass.
IDEAL CONCRETE BLOCK COMPANY

















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