Permeable Pavement and Climate Change: A Look Forward

With the new year right around the corner, many of our favorite apps are doing their annual year-in-review round-up. From stats on your listening to your performance, achievements, and milestones, you can look back on almost anything your heart desires at this time of year. At Ecoraster, we’re doing something a little different: we’re looking forward. Here’s our roundup on the future of permeable pavement, its applications, and where it could be most useful for individuals and communities in the distant–and not-so-distant–future.

How Much Ecoraster Permeable Pavement is Out There Today?

Let’s start with today: as of this writing in December of 2021, over 300,000,000 square feet of Ecoraster permeable pavement have been installed in Europe. That means that over 27 square kilometers of the continent are now permeable, and that number is growing by the day.

Permeable Pavement’s Benefits: Curbing the Heat Island Effect 

One of the places where climate change is most evident is in cities. The heat island effect is defined as higher temperatures occurring in densely populated areas with a lot of built-up infrastructure and a high volume of paved surfaces, i.e. roads and sidewalks.

The paving is one of the main culprits here. Giving off heat at peak temperatures of 120-150°F (48-67°C), these two materials are playing a huge part in the sweltering summers that are becoming more and more frequent all over the world.

Permeable paving could play a large role in curbing the urban heat island effect in the future, as communities and businesses continue to look for eco-friendly alternatives.

Reducing Water Pollution With Permeable Pavement

Remember what we just mentioned about stormwater? On impermeable surfaces such as concrete and asphalt, stormwater pools at best and runs off at worst. It can carry pollutants such as pesticides, debris, garbage, and other toxins into stormwater ponds and into the water supply. While the majority of these large items get trapped in storm drains, these can require costly upkeep and even cause flooding if they become clogged.

Permeable pavement is an effective solution not only because it allows occasional heavy rain to return to the earth instead of flowing into storm drains; it’s also a good solution because it means that our infrastructure is adjusting to a changing climate where temperatures and weather events are getting more extreme. If we’re going to see more rain, we can’t just try and reverse climate change: we also have to be able to adapt and thrive in a new reality.

Permeable Pavement’s Extreme Weather Resistance 

Traditional pavement, such as asphalt and concrete, cracks in extreme temperatures as it expands in the heat and contracts in the cold year after year. This dynamic is endemic to everything that’s made of atoms, but the problem is that these contractions and expansions lead to traditional pavement cracking and breaking over time. 

As climate change produces more severe winters and hotter summers, simply breaking up more and more pavement and laying even more of it, only to repeat the cycle every few years on roads full of potholes and cracks, is not a feasible solution. Ecoraster permeable pavement is easy to repair and install, and it will last up to twenty years. Ecoraser isn’t just able to contract and expand because it’s made of atoms–it’s designed to do so, long-term and without breaking.

Permeable Pavement is Adaptable for Small and Large Businesses

We’re living in an era of extreme change not just to our climate, but also to our business and society. The pandemic and the boom in online shopping have drastically altered the way we consume and do business, but they’ve also given us an appreciation for our physical world that isn’t going away any time soon.

As businesses continue to thrive and grow, more and more people are turning to permeable paving for their parking lots and outdoor spaces both as an environmental solution and as a way to save money and attract customers. Even as huge conglomerates continue to grow, small businesses are stronger than ever, and Ecoraster is right there with them.

The More Things Change…

The more things change, the more they stay the same, and that’s definitely true of Ecoraster. Even while the world continues to move at an ever-increasing speed, people are taking action and doing their best to adapt and thrive. At Ecoraster, we’re ready for the future and we can’t wait for it.

To learn how Ecoraster can benefit your community, contact us today!

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