ICPI on Sustainability: Patios and Pavers Frederick Md

ICPI on Sustainability

Societal benefits

The effects of sustainable building practices on a community include social benefits such as a greater sense of community, increased aesthetics, more educational opportunities, an increase in environmental quality, plus lower long-term costs and energy use. Concrete pavers used in many beautiful municipal projects directly add to community pride. In addition, sustainable building practices can contribute to pride in community increases in “green” behaviors such as recycling or use of more energy efficient technologies. It is more economical to use concrete pavers manufactured locally saving fuel and energy consumption.

Environmental benefits

ICPI members through installation of permeable interlocking concrete pavements (PICPs) help to eliminate detention ponds. This elimination results in less cleared land, more natural surroundings, less storm water runoff and decreased pollution.

In addition, installation of high-reflectance interlocking concrete pavements (ICP) can help decrease the urban heat island. The main cause of the urban heat island is modification of the land surface by urban development with materials that retain heat. As population centers grow they tend to modify a greater and greater land area and have a corresponding increase in average temperature. Studies show that the heat island effect is responsible for 5–10% of peak electricity demand for cooling buildings in cities.

Life cycle benefits

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a methodology for assessing the environmental performance of a service, process, or product over its entire life cycle. Life Cycle Analysis includes goal and scope definition, inventory analysis, impact assessment, and interpretation of social, environment and economic impacts. LCA has become the recognized international approach to assessing the comparative environmental merits of products or processes.” ICPI studies revealed interlocking concrete pavements (ICPs) have an average life of at least 29 years. An additional study now underway is investigating concrete paver energy use to obtain a better understanding of energy use and corresponding carbon footprint. Interlocking concrete pavement’s with their longer life reduce environmental impacts over other types of pavements.

Concrete Pavers Earn LEED® Points


Within the North American design and construction community, a means for addressing sustainability or ‘green building’ is through LEED® or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998, LEED® provides voluntary guidelines for reducing energy and wasted resources from building and site design. LEED® rating system.

Permeable Pavements Reduce Storm water Runoff

Runoff Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements (PICPs) are eligible for LEED® credits under the U.S. and Canadian Green Building Councils (USGBC and CaGBC) guidelines. PICP can meet the LEED® credit requirements under Sustainable Sites. These requirements limit runoff and water pollution by managing storm water. The use of permeable pavements can reduce runoff-generating impervious cover and decrease the rate and quantity of runoff. PICP meets LEED® credits through the filtering action of the base that reduces total suspended solids and nutrients in runoff, as well as other pollutants. ICPI members supporting permeable pavement have led to the installation of nearly 14 million square feet in North America in 2008.

Call 301-748-2464 or email usitrainmasonry@msn.com to schedule your evaluation. At this time we will ask you for basic information about your project and email you a short questionnaire to help us understand your priorities. If at all possible we choose to use email as our for communication .



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