What does Green build and pavers have in common?, you ask. Well, there has been a big movement to try to minimize the environmental toll that stormwaters have on our local cities stormwater treatment facilities. When stormwater amounts exceed the facilities capacity the stormwaters can find themselves diverted to our natural stream, rivers, and lakes. Which in turn, pollutes these natural systems.
What the paver industry has done to help remedy this situation is to create permeable paver systems. In these systems the concrete paver joints are widened and filled with small angular stones chips, which allows water to flow freely through the system. All and all, the system allows the rain water to return to the subsoils, leaving it where it falls or slowly meters it back into the storm sewer at a controllable rate. The following is a list of credits that the USGBC recognizes in their LEED programs: