With AirField Systems Sustainable Design Grass Fire Lanes are Coming Into Their Own, Helping to Achieve LEED Credits with an Environmentally Friendly Permeable Surface

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6747 PSI sand filled 100 % recycled geocell technology provides the strength of asphalt and concrete while relieving some of the burden of costly storm sewers and drainage. http://www.airfieldsystems.com/grass-pave/

Of all the structures built in the United States pavements are the most ever-present. Concrete and asphalt surfaces occupy twice the area of buildings. Of all the physical features of US cities, impervious surfaces are the most influential. Concrete and asphalt surfaces dominate the landscape of urban environments. In urban America concrete and asphalt pavements produce two thirds of the excess runoff, are responsible for essentially all the hydrocarbon pollutants, and produce two thirds of the groundwater decline and the resulting local water shortages. Not to mention the affect impervious surfaces have on the temperature increase in the urban “heat island”, better known as the heat island effect.

The polluted quality of storm water runoff, overflowing of combined sewer systems, and the decline of the urban forest force our attention on alternatives to paved areas for the benefit of the environment and the people who occupy.

From fire lanes, overflow, and event parking, to temporary and stadium parking, reinforced grass parking systems deliver the same strength and durability of asphalt and concrete without the negative affects mentioned above. The incredibly strong Geo-cells used in reinforced grass parking prevents rutting from traffic, protects turf roots, and promotes beautiful grass. Reinforced grass parking structures also enhance the environment by naturally filtering auto and air pollutants while reducing hot surface temperatures. By routing rainwater directly into the earth as nature intended, the need for costly storm water structures can be drastically reduced or completely eliminated.

Reinforced grass parking also known as porous pavements are those that have built in networks of void spaces where water and air pass through. Although some porous paving materials are nearly indistinguishable from nonporous materials in construction and superficial appearance, their environmental effects are qualitatively exponential. They cause air, water and heat to enter different parts of the environment, there to undergo qualitatively different processes of storage, treatment, and flow.

Reinforced grass parking can allow the oils from cars and trucks to biodegrade safely, the rainwater to infiltrate the soil, the heat of the sun to dissipate, the groundwater to be replenished, the roots of trees to breathe, and the streams to flow in dry summers. A large part of the solution to urban environmental problems is under our feet. By paying appropriate attention to the everyday materials on which we walk and drive, we can replenish renewable resources, restore regenerative processes, and produce a cleaner, healthier, safer, more sustainable world in which to live. Porous pavements are potentially the most important development in urban watersheds since the invention of the automobile.

Create beauty and comfort with the unbeatable price and performance of AirDrain, the reinforced grass pave system the industry has trusted for years !

Click on the following link to view a real live install of a reinforced grass fire lane: http://www.airfieldsystems.com/grass-pave/

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