PROFIT BUILDING STRATEGIES LOW IMPACT DESIGN
Whether building one home or ten, increasing square footage is a sure fire way to increase revenue. Maximize square footage in your next build by utilizing Low Impact Design (LID) methods.
Permeable Paving is a popular LID strategy that can help builders increasesaleable square footage in municipalities that place restrictions on the ratio of permeable to impermeable surfaces on the site.
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Minimize Runoff To Maximize Profits
Reducing even a small percentage of runoff by encouraging infiltration will significantly decrease the amount of stormwater leaving a residential or mixed use site, increase groundwater recharge, and ultimately improve water quality throughout the entire watershed. Low Impact Development (LID) methods were generated to reduce site runoff and deliver groundwater recharge imitating the pre development site hydrology. These methods involve site design techniques that increase surface permeability, direct water to more permeable areas, detain water to enable infiltration, intercept and hold rainwater, and utilize water on-site as needed.
Using Permeable Paving for residential driveways and streetscapes not only allows builders to increase the size of the impermeable building footprint, but it also reduces the cost of stormwater management infrastructure.The pavers used in a permeable installation look very similar to traditional pavers, but are made with extra space between them so rainwater can flow back into the earth below, instead of running o the surface into storm sewers. Special materials are used in the base and joints to encourage water to flow
Reducing Waste Water Beautifully
In an urban environment, rainwater flows over impermeable surfaces such as concrete and asphalt, and into sewer systems. These systems are often ‘combined systems’ designed to collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage and industrial wastewater in a common pipe, carrying it away for processing. During intense rain events, these systems can become overloaded, causing surface debris, raw waste and other dangerous pollutants to flow into natural waterways. Permeable pavers are designed with special spacer bars that increase the joint size between pavers, so that more water can flow through the joints.