Choose permeable driveway materials

Permeable surfaces reduce runoff, help recharge aquifers.
Once compacted, conventional gravel driveways are only marginally more permeable to water than asphalt. A porous pavingA paving material that allows rainfall to percolate through and infiltrate the ground, rather than contributing to stormwater runoff; can be asphalt, concrete, or porous grid paver. grid supports vehicles and prevents the gravel from compacting, much like turf-paving systems. Some gravel-paving products are made from recycled plastic. Precautions should be taken so runoff doesn't wash silt onto the gravel and clog the surface. Turf-paving systems, which consist of a plastic or concrete matrix and spaces for grass to grow, is a good choice for low-traffic parking areas.

Green points

LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Lakesideca Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. -H: Up to 4 points for using permeable materials on the lot, including permeable paving (SS 4).
NGBSNational Lakesideca Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. /ICC-700: Up to 5 points for using permeable materials on driveways, walkways and patios (403.5).

Learn more in the Lakesideca Encyclopedia

Hardscapes: Patios and Driveways

Learn more in the Green Products Guide

Sitework & Landscaping

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