Newark, Calif.—CalStar Products has introduced a line of permeable paving bricks that can help mitigate stormwater runoff in any community. These vehicle-suitable pavers have large lugs that provide nearly six percent of open area to prevent flooding when used with a permeable sub-base. They are also ADA compliant for slip resistance and maximum allowable space between units.
“By reducing stormwater runoff, these permeable pavers will allow communities to effectively promote groundwater recharge,” says Craig Ratchford, vice president of sales and marketing for CalStar. “In Fact, many municipalities are now mandating stormwater runoff control as a tool for low-impact development (LID), and our permeable pavers are ideal for this.”
The masonry is also made with 40 percent post-industrial recycled material and can contribute to multiple LEED credits including stormwater design quality management and quantity control. CalStar uses cement in the pavers, meaning that there is no need for the energy-sapping kiln firing that is required by traditional clay pavers. The company maintains that its manufacturing processes use 50 to 85 percent less energy than traditional manufacturing processes.