Cool Pavers

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Choose the right pavers for terraces, patios, pool decks, walkways or driveways and you can minimize your impact on the environment.  Certain pavers can keep the area cool and also prevent stormwater runoff.  Here’s how:

Keep Your Cool

  • Use light colored pavers to reflect sunlight, unlike dark pavers which absorb the heat from the sun.  It’s especially important in cities to reduce the “urban heat island effect” because “heat islands can affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality.” (EPA)

Recharge with Rain

  • Pervious pavers allow rainwater to infiltrate through the pavers into the ground below where it recharges our increasingly depleted aquifers.  A great example of pervious pavers is VAST™ composite pavers (pictured above), which have an added eco-friendly benefit … they’re also made with 95% recycled materials (scrap tires and plastic bottles), yet have the strength and durability of concrete!
  • Pavers set in sand or an aggregate base, not mortar, also allow rainwater to infiltrate into the ground. Why is important to reduce stormwater runoff?  See my earlier post for the answer, along with easy tips.

Tag(s): Green Design, Reclaimed Materials, The Great Green Outdoors


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