Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff
A new report documents large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that Washington, D.C., could realize from such “smart surface” technologies as pervious concrete or permeable concrete paver installations, cool or green roofs, and solar photovoltaic panels. “Achieving Urban Resilience DC” estimates the District, as a stand alone municipality, could save $5 billion over 40 years; enhance health and livability; and, temper peak summer heat.
The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) teamed with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and its Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) for the first book on design, construction and maintenance of permeable interlocking concrete pavement, pervious concrete and porous asphalt.
On the heels of patenting a precast pervious concrete system and related stormwater filtration methods, Minneapolis-based Percoa USA, LLC sees a range of commercial and residential market applications. “We have demonstrated the durability of [the product] as well as its effectiveness in capturing and filtering runoff,” affirms President Brett Pomerleau, and “are moving to license [the] technology to companies ready to manufacture pervious slabs and pavers.”