Permeable, porous, pervious – these are all common terms for those in the contracting, construction, and landscaping industries, as well as environmental professionals. But if you’re a property manager or builder interested in achieving LEED Status, you may be more familiar with the term “open grid paving.”
What Is Open Grid Paving?
According to the LEEDv4 Reference Guide, open grid systems are “pavements that consist of loose substrates supported by a grid of a more structurally sound grid or webbing.” And in order to qualify as such, they must be at least 50% pervious, as well as containing vegetation in the open cells.
What Is LEED? (And Why It’s Important)
For those that are unfamiliar, LEED (aka Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. The LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability and leadership.
Achieving LEED status not only demonstrates social corporate responsibility, but it also comes with a wealth of benefits, from cost savings to improved health conditions through reduced pollution, responsible stormwater management, indoor environmental quality, and much more.
How Open Grid Paving Systems Can Help You Achieve LEED Status
In looking at the LEED framework, open grid paving can contribute to many LEED categories including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Materials and Resources, and Innovation in Design.
By limiting disruption and pollution of natural water flow through proper stormwater management, increased on-site infiltration, and the elimination of contaminants, open grid paving can contribute to several LEED credits. Pervious paving reduces stormwater flow by allowing water to infiltrate to the ground below, without pooling on top. It can also reduce pollutant loads by filtering contaminants as the water passes through the pavement (which is why they’re sometimes referred to as drainage pavers).
There are many more ways in which these open grid paving systems can contribute to achieving a LEED certification. In fact, at Ecoraster, we’ve helped a number of clients by coaching them through what they need and applying our expertise in open grid paving systems, as well as Low Impact Development to their buildings and properties.
It may seem complicated, but when it comes to people, planet, and profit, there is no rating system in the world that offers as much value as the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” certification.
Looking to implement open grid paving on your property? Contact the experts at Ecoraster North America for more info!