Sustainability

Sustainability = Preserving People, Planet and Profit

 

PEOPLE (SOCIETAL BENEFITS)

The effects of sustainable building practices on a society include a greater sense of community, increased aesthetics, more educational opportunities, increased environmental quality, plus lower long-term costs and energy use. Concrete pavers used in many beautiful municipal projects directly add to community pride. In addition, sustainable building practices can contribute to pride in community resulting in increases in “green” behaviors such as recycling or use of more energy efficient technologies.

PLANET (ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS)

 

 

ICPI members through installation of permeable interlocking concrete pavements (PICPs) help to eliminate detention ponds. This elimination results in less cleared land, more natural surroundings, less stormwater runoff and decreased pollution.

In addition, installation of high-reflectance interlocking concrete pavements (ICP) can help decrease the urban heat island. The main cause of the urban heat island is modification of the land surface by urban development with materials that retain heat. As population centers grow they tend to modify a greater and greater land area and have a corresponding increase in average temperature. Studies show that the heat island effect is responsible for 5–10% of peak electricity demand for cooling buildings in cities.

PROFIT (LIFE CYCLE COST BENEFITS)

ICPI studies revealed interlocking concrete pavements (ICPs) have an average life of at least 29 years. An additional study now underway is investigating concrete paver energy use to obtain a better understanding of energy use and corresponding carbon footprint. Because of its longer life span, interlocking concrete pavements reduce environmental impacts over other types of pavements.