1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

October 1, 2008

:275 Permeable Pavement

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:275 EcoTip: Pervious concrete helps reduce storm water runoff and helps increase ground water recharge when it is used as an alternative to asphalt and impervious concrete. If an area must be paved – this is the preferred way to go. Choose light colored mixes to help keep things cooler (:274).

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Information about pervious concrete is available from Pacific Southwest Concrete Alliance

Pervious ceramic pavers that can help gain LEED certification are available from Airostone Corp.

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September 30, 2008

:274 Cool Pavement

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:274 EcoTip: Cool pavement is more reflective so it doesn’t build up as much heat as asphalt. This has the advantage of increasing the amount of light available because it is reflected off of the ground. When light is absorbed by asphalt or other dark surface materials the wavelength changes to heat energy that can contribute to the heat island effect in cities and higher cooling costs for individual buildings. The temperature of asphalt can be as much as 70 degrees F (40 degrees C) hotter than light colored paving.

 

Source: Heat Island Group

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You can learn more about the heat island effect cool roofs and cool pavement from the Heat Island Group  

Tomorrow’s 1:5:10:365 EcoTip is about how cool pavement can also benefit from being pervious.

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