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ICPI, ASCE publish benchmark reference on permeable pavements

Sources: American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Va.; CP staff

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute has teamed with the ASCE Water Resources Institute and Water Resources Research Council’s Low Impact Development Committee to publish the first comprehensive handbook for the proper design, construction, and maintenance of permeable concrete or asphalt pavement systems.

Permeable Pavements addresses a cornerstone of low-impact development and sustainable design: Slabs or interlocking paver systems that reduce stormwater runoff volume, increase groundwater recharge and improve water quality. ASCE/ICPI/WRRC Permeable Pavements Task Committee members present it as an essential reference for urban planners, landscape architects, municipalities, transportation agencies, regulatory agencies, and property owners planning to implement an Environmental Protection Agency-recognized best management practice for stormwater control and improved site design.

Permeable Pavements synthesizes today's knowledge of the technology, drawing from academia, industry, and the engineering and science communities. Detailed design, construction, use, and performance information is provided for pervious concrete, permeable interlocking concrete pavement, porous asphalt and grid pavements. Fact sheets and checklists help incorporate permeable pavement systems into design projects. Additional chapters summarize emerging technologies, maintenance considerations, hydrologic design approaches, key components for specification writing, and key areas for additional research. The 262-page Permeable Pavements is available from ASCE, www.asce.org/publications.