Large-scale community-driven projects like parks present a myriad of difficulties. For one, open spaces in communities can often be difficult to transition into usable land. Also, parks seem to be notoriously bogged down by oversight and committees.
Category: Councils and Residential WSUD
Landscape Architects should be aware of the Sydney new Aerotropolis development. What’s not so well known is the amazing ‘green corridors’ planned, as part of the urban greening drive by the NSW Governments “5 Million trees” project. Here’s a summary of how water smart urban planning and development will use technologies like porous paving in the future.
Porous paving is not a new invention by any stretch of the imagination. However, it is seeing surging popularity that doesn’t look to be slowing any time soon, according to Belgard. But why are more homeowners (and even business owners and landscapers) seeking more porous paving options now, when they’ve always been around? Well, we have listed some of those reasons below.
This week StoneSet were on site with Heritage Tree Care in the beautiful heritage listed Rockhampton Botanic Gardens in Queensland, installing 190sqm of porous pathways. Tree health and maintaining original character were critical for Rockhampton Regional Council. Read how StoneSet’s ‘Kirribilli Red’ was not only porously practical, but safe and beautiful
We’re often asked, what allowance does StoneSet receive for ‘porosity’ with Councils, specifically in regard to hard to soft landscaping ratios. In this project video, we speak with a home owner in Ku Ring Gai council who has just completed an immaculate build.
Cities are, generally speaking, hotter places to live than more spread out suburban or rural areas. The main culprit for this is something called the heat island effect, which is a fancy way of saying that heat tends to linger in cities, making them hotter than the surrounding area.
Water sensitive urban design or WSUD aims to reduce the amount of impervious hard surfaces and mitigate changes to the natural water balance. (more…)
If you have a path, driveway, or patio and are planning on redoing it, then you may have heard about porous paving? It’s also known as permeable paving or, rarely, pervious paving. There are a number of advantages – particularly for a patio or pathway in your yard.
Porous paving is designed to allow water to seep through it rather than letting it run off the side. Here are some of the advantages:
- They are better for the environment – and for local flood management. Because the rainwater seeps in rather than ending up in the storm drain, there is less risk of a flood. Also, the water is cleaned of pollutants as it seeps through the gravel base under the pavement. Porous pavement can also be made from recycled materials such as concrete or glass.
- They reduce irrigation costs by directing the water into the soil under the path or patio, from where it can flow into your garden.
- They often look better. As porous paving consists of a series of tiles rather than one solid surface, you can create interesting patterns. Some people like to put the stones a bit further apart and allow grass to grow between them. They also come in a wider variety of colours. Another alternative is tiny stones which give the same look as traditional asphalt – but can be laid in different colours and patterns.
- They last longer. Because the paving stones can flex, they don’t crack as easily with seasonal temperature changes and they can handle high traffic.
- They don’t reflect as much heat – especially if you live in a hot and dry climate. This helps the health of local vegetation, makes your patio more comfortable to relax on in summer, and can even help reduce heat build-up in your car.
If any or all of this sounds good – then contact StoneSet to find out about their range of porous pavement products in a variety of colours and materials.
Let’s talk about “Going Green”. You hear the word tossed around a lot, and its’ meaning seems to draw a fine line between environmental awareness and publicity. In an effort to be transparent, we are going to draw up a list of pros and — strangely enough — cons of using porous paving as part of your green project.
As part of the Master Builders Association and the CarbonNeutral movement, we believe that honesty breeds business. So let’s take a deeper look at porous pavement and see if the solution is right for you.
- Not Superman: Our porous pavement is strong, strong enough to handle heavy vehicles and a good amount of vehicular traffic. That being said, if you are looking to apply this pavement to airports or high traffic highways, it may not be the ideal pavement for you. While we claim to have the strongest porous pavement around, traditional asphalt is thicker and better suited for places where planes or a large number of heavy vehicles are passing through.
- Wash: Unfortunately particles may still build up and collect over long periods of time when you are using permeable pavings. With our porous pavement, a simple jet wash should take care of this issue. Only cleaning the pavement once a year will be enough when using StoneSet.
- Inexperienced Contractors: This is a general con of permeable pavements; inexperienced contracts can do a ton of damage. Porous pavement requires special equipment, materials, and training to properly put into place. Using people who are not trained or do not have the sufficient equipment can lead to major problems with your new hardscape. This is why we recommend that you should always look for the Master Builders certificate.
- Cost: The materials and labour for putting in porous pavement are typically more expensive. The material is specialized and so is the labour. For the best quality, it does take time and money.
- Green: Porous pavement allows water to seep through. This water then reaches the soil below, spreading out into the greens around the pavement. Instead of water collecting in storm drains, the water is used functionally.
- Trees: Porous pavement allows tree roots to spread without sacrificing the integrity of the hardscape.
- Cost: Even though the material and labor are more expensive, using porous pavement prevents you from having to spend money on drainage systems, prevents watering costs on plants, reduces slippage and puddles that can congest traffic and bog down consumers, as well as allows you to have a hardscape that is classified as a “softscape”. In the end, you will save more money.
- 10-Year Guarantee: All of our porous pavings come with a 10-year guarantee. The hardscapes themselves are built to last an incredible 25 years.
- Grip and Slip: Porous pavement prevents puddles from becoming too large and has a firm grip. This reduces the chances of slips and falls.
- Customize It: All of our pavings are fully customizable.
Clearly, the pros far outweigh the cons and we hope that you will take all of this into consideration before making your next choice. Why not check out our testimonials section to see how customers are enjoying our porous pavements.
If you have any more questions or would like to know if your project is a good fit with porous pavement, feel free to contact us.