Applications & Uses
Although not a new technology, pervious concrete is receiving renewed interest, partly because of federal clean water legislation. The high flow rate of water through a pervious concrete pavement allows rainfall to be captured and to percolate into the ground, reducing stormwater runoff, recharging groundwater, supporting sustainable construction, providing a solution for construction that is sensitive to environmental concerns, and helping owners comply with EPA stormwater regulations. This unique ability of pervious concrete offers advantages to the environment, public agencies, and building owners by controlling rainwater on-site and addressing stormwater runoff issues. This can be of particular interest in urban areas, or where land is very expensive. Depending on local regulations and environment, a pervious concrete pavement and its subbase may provide enough water storage capacity to eliminate the need for retention ponds, swales, and other precipitation runoff containment strategies. This provides for more efficient land use and is one factor that has led to a renewed interest in pervious concrete. Applications that take advantage of the high flow rate through pervious concrete include drainage media for hydraulic structures, parking lots, tennis courts, greenhouses, and pervious base layers under heavy-duty pavements.