Permeable paver design compared to impervious pavement standards


Courtesy of Invisible Structures, Inc.

Porous pavements by their very nature are designed to move water through their cross section - vertically and horizontally, without loss of structural integrity. This is in direct opposition to design training and construction materials and methods developed since the early 1900’s, where totally impervious pavement sections were the supreme objective.

Must all pavements be constructed to impervious standards? No! Are all pavements appropriate for porous standards? No! However, there are appropriate applications for each, and the designer must determine which pavement is best suited to each project, or portion of project. A critical element to remember is that each pavement, whether porous or impervious, must be designed to meet project criteria.

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