Permeable paving using Premier Hydropavers® and Meteor Interlockers® paving units is environmentally friendly and economically sound, as well as having health benefits for human, animal and plant species.
Water-sensitive urban design
Premier Hydropavers® and Meteor Interlockers® are both porous pavers which means water can permeate through the total surface of the paved area. This unique characteristic means that debris cannot accumulate in the joints and infiltration rates are maintained at 25mm per minute. Both Premier Hydropavers® and Meteor Interlockers® are durable and strong and comply with all Australian standards for pedestrian, industrial and commercial applications.
Permeable paving with Premier Hydropavers® and Meteor Interlockers® has enormous environmental benefits. These benefits predominately relate to the quality and the quantity of our scarce water resources, making a significant contribution to WSUD (Water-sensitive urban design).
Premier Hydropavers® are manufactured using 100% recycled crushed ceramic material which means there is no raw material extruded to manufacture these pavers. Meteor Interlockers® are manufactured from permeable concrete. Both pavers also mitigate the urban heat island effect and are and are classified by the U.S.A.Environmental Protection Authority as cool pavements. This is therefore contributing to Climate Sensitive Urban Design. (CSUD)
There are many financial benefits of using permeable paving. On most sites drainage infrastructure to remove surface water from the paving is no longer required. It also contributes to council permeability quotas which can significantly increase the building envelope of the development.
There is documented evidence that shows the use of permeable paving reduces the occurrence of heat related illnesses by mitigating the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. It also contributes to the reduction in animals being trapped in pits and drains during peak storms by significantly reducing run-off. Permeable paving also improves the quality of the water that enters our streams and rivers and subsequently contributing to the health of marine life.
Safety and Comfort
Public Safety in all outdoor areas is paramount. Premier Hydropavers® and Meteor Interlockers® provide a safe and comfortable slip resistant surface that permeates water totally eliminating any ponding on the paving surface.
Shape, Size and Colour
Premier Hydropavers® and Meteor Interlockers® come in a wide range of colours and sizes. Premier Hydropavers® are a straight edged 55 mm thick paver while Meteor Interlockers® are a 60 mm interlocking paver.
Premier Hydropavers® and Meteor Interlockers® are permeable paving systems that delay, reduce or eliminate water run-off. Run-off during peak rain events is an ongoing problem in our ever-expanding urban sprawl.
Run-off during peak storms is a major problem in urban areas. Run-off can be responsible for short and long-term flooding causing damage to buildings and infrastructure. When land is converted from rural areas to urban areas infiltration rates change from 95% rural to 5% urban areas. The use of Premier Hydropavers® and Meteor Interlockers® reduces, delays and in most situations eliminates run-off.
Water quality in our ever-expanding urban areas is a major concern to the health of people, animals and plants. Permeable paving plays a major role in improving the quality of urban water. It is known that if we can capture the first 20% of rainfall, we can eliminate 80% of all contaminants present on the paved areas. Using Premier Hydropavers® and Meteor Interlockers® this is very easily achievable. Contaminants such as heavy metals, organophosphates, organochlorines, hydrocarbons and nitrates are removed by attaching themselves to the construction material, a process known as adsorption, subsequently breaking them down by natural processes. This means water that is eventually used by plants or flows through to drains and streams and finds its way into the ocean is healthy and non-contaminated water.