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COMMERCIAL PERMEABLE CAR PARKING COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS

philip-goodman 01 July 2024

Urban landscapes are changing, and the environmental impact of traditional parking surfaces of concrete and asphalt is undeniable. These materials hinder water drainage and can cause harmful runoff and pollution. They also worsen the Urban Heat Island Effect. Permeable parking provides a blueprint for sustainable urban development with cost-effectiveness without sacrificing quality.

THE NEED FOR SUSTAINABLE PARKING SOLUTIONS
Cities are expanding, and the need for sustainable urban infrastructure is crucial. One major challenge is parking, which typically uses impermeable materials like concrete and asphalt that pose environmental concerns.

CONCRETE AND ASPHALT – BARRIERS TO THE EARTH’S NATURAL PROCESSES

Impeding Water Absorption and Increasing Runoff
Concrete and asphalt surfaces are impermeable, which means rainwater cannot soak into the ground. As a result, heavy rainfall can cause excessive runoff that overwhelms drainage systems and causes urban flooding and erosion.

Pollution Runoff with Impermeable Surfaces
The runoff from hard surfaces carries various pollutants like oil, heavy metals, and contaminants into streams, rivers, and lakes. This significantly contributes to the degradation of water quality.

Contributing to Urban Heat Island
Concrete and asphalt surfaces absorb and retain heat, which contribute to the Urban Heat Island Effect. The raised temperatures lead to increased energy consumption for cooling and exacerbates the impacts of global warming.

ADVANTAGES OF PERMEABLE PARKING OVER TRADITIONAL PARKING 

The advantages of permeable parking extend far beyond simple water management and include environmental, economic, and societal benefits.

Environmental Conservation
By mimicking natural processes, permeable surfaces help manage stormwater, mitigate flooding, and enhance the replenishment of local aquifers. They also improve the quality of the water by filtering out pollutants as it percolates through the soil.

Urban Heat Island Mitigation
Concrete and asphalt absorb and radiate heat, contributing to the Urban Heat Island Effect. Permeable alternatives lower surface temperatures and reduce the associated energy demands for cooling.

Biodiversity Support
Permeable parking designs can include grass and supports biodiversity within urban landscapes.

Economic Efficiency
The long-term savings on stormwater management infrastructure and maintenance make permeable parking a more economically viable option.

Community Wellbeing
Natural spaces have been associated with improved mental health. Parking lots with permeable surfaces that include vegetation can enhance the psychological and social wellbeing of the community by offering attractive landscapes and possible recreational areas.

Long-Term Savings in Infrastructure Costs
Permeable solutions reduce the need for extensive storm water management systems, such as underground pipes and detention ponds. The reduction in maintenance and repair costs compared to non-permeable options, along with the extended lifespan of permeable paving results in lower cost. 

TRUEGRID’S ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE PARKING SOLUTIONS

TRUEGRID stands at the forefront of permeable pavers, from light traffic areas to areas that require robust solutions for heavy traffic and load bearing. Made from 100% recycled HDPE plastic, providing groundwater recharge by allowing stormwater to permeate through the surface while balancing urban development with essential ecological functions.

TRUEGRID PRO PLUS S-FLEX 48 combines durability with environmental sustainability. Engineered to take any heavy traffic, including large vehicles and industrial equipment. PRO PLUS S-FLEX 48 pavers unique interlocking design ensures a stable surface that maintain permeability and stormwater management capabilities.

TRUEGRID PRO LITE paver is designed for residential and light commercial use for cars and light trucks. With low-impact development in mind, they provide a sustainable outcome without compromising strength. 

TRUEGRID ROOT creates a stable base for existing grass spaces i.e. community areas for festivals, market stalls, concerts, overflow parking areas, emergency access or entrance to sporting fields, etc. TRUEGRID ROOT is designed to protect and support grass roots, allow grass to grow through, seamlessly integrating nature into urban hardscape. TRUEGRID ROOT enhances and bring softness and life to what would otherwise be impervious hard surfaces.

IMPLEMENTING TRUEGRID SITE SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS
TRUEGRID addresses environmental concerns, it also offers economic and aesthetic benefits. Installation is streamlined and efficient, to significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional paving methods.
• Installation Efficiency with minimal labour and resource use.
• Engineered for Durability, Low Maintenance and Longevity while withstanding heavy use with minimal maintenance.
• Sustainable and contributing to a healthier planet by facilitating natural water management and reducing Urban Heat Island Effect.

 

CASE STUDY – COMMERCIAL TRUCK PARKING AREA

A commercial truck parking installation embraced sustainability by installing TRUEGRID Pro Plus S-Flex 48. Without compromising strength the result was a highly durable, cost-effective parking solution that supports heavy traffic and load-bearing requirements.

 

A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WITH TRUEGRID
TRUEGRID leads the way in environmentally sustainable infrastructure advancements. Made from 100% recycled post-industrial HDPE, TRUEGRID understands the importance of environmental responsibility and is committed to reducing waste and identifies how recycled material can be used in high-quality, durable products for construction. It paves the way for a more sustainable and ecologically sound future.

 

BUILD YOUR ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE PARKING AREA WITH TRUEGRID COMMERCIAL PERMEABLE PAVERS 
TRUEGRID is proud to provide a fully engineered solution that redefines car and truck parking construction and stormwater water management. Our commitment to sustainability and design is to exceed environmental standards. 

For more information or to discuss a site-specific solution, please contact:
Philip Goodman
Director
Phone: 1 300 796 018
Mobile: 0408 444 349
Email: pgoodman@truegridpaver.com.au
Website: www.truegridpaver.com.au

 

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