Friday October 19, 2012
EP Henry, the premier family-owned and operated manufacturer of Hardscaping™ products in North America, has introduced ECOCenter™, the company’s new online resource to help inform architects, engineers, contractors, municipal officials and to help educate environmentally conscious home and business owners about the benefits of sustainable paving options and related environmental concerns.
Sustainable paving options, such as EP Henry’s ECO™ line of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP), allow water to percolate to the subsoil, making these options more environmentally friendly. Unlike most paving systems, such as asphalt or concrete used in driveways, walkways and parking lots, PICP systems reduce stormwater runoff and limit the pollution of our water systems.
Created for professionals and homeowners alike, the ECOCenter provides two separate sections with information tailored for each of these audiences. The professional section includes technical information, including infiltration and stormwater runoff rates, as well as guidelines and best practices for installation and maintenance, industry news, resources and case studies.
“EP Henry has been an industry leader in concrete products for more than 100 years, and over the past decade, we’ve seen an increased level of interest in sustainable paving options,” said J.C. Henry III, president and CEO of EP Henry. “We’ve created the ECOCenter to both educate customers about the environmental benefits of permeable pavers, as well as to provide a one-stop resource to inform industry professionals, businesses and others.”
The ECOCenter offers professionals a wealth of information on the benefits of using permeable pavers, including:
- Stormwater management. Traditional, non-PICP paving systems block precipitation from soaking into the soil, creating pools of run-off water. By allowing water to flow through its surface, permeable pavers help prevent stormwater runoff and reduce soil erosion.
- Decreased water pollution. When rain water runs across impervious surfaces, it picks up pollutants and carries them to a larger water supply. PICP systems reduce run-off and subsequent pollution, and also adhere to the Stormwater Best Management Practices as outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.
- Compliance with stormwater regulations. In an effort to manage run-off and pollution, local governments often place limits on the amount of impervious surface coverage permitted at a residential or commercial property. PICP systems allow homeowners and businesses to expand their paved areas without exceeding such limits. Some municipal agencies offer stormwater reduction incentives, such as tax credits and reduced water rates.
- Credits toward LEED certification. If builders, businesses and homeowners are looking to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status from the U.S. Green Building Council, they can gain credits toward certification by using PICP systems to build the structure’s paved surfaces.
- Rain water irrigation. Installing systems that capture and hold rain water—known as “rain harvesting”—allows homeowners to irrigate areas of their property with captured rain water instead of municipal or well water. Several PICP products offered by EP Henry (ECO Paver or ECO Cobble) can be installed above rain harvesting systems, enabling all rain water that falls onto the surface to flow into the system’s storage area.
“Ten years ago, there were far fewer regulations in place regarding impervious coverage and stormwater run-off, and fewer options and incentives for homeowners and businesses to go green,” said Henry. “That has totally changed today.”
Although EP Henry has offered its Monoslab and Turf Pavers since the 1970s and 1980s, the company has added ECO™ Paver and ECO Cobble® and Coventry ECO Cobble® to its product line in recent years—part of the company’s effort to be more “green” by providing products that are friendly to the environment and comply with increased water management regulations. In keeping with a leadership role in the industry, EP Henry will be introducing several new PICP systems for 2013.
EP Henry’s line of ECO products can be found in commercial projects such as Queens Botanical Gardens in New York, NY and Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA; in educational projects such as Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. and Goucher College in Baltimore, MD; in residential installations from Boston through Virginia; and in many municipal projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including the environmentally critical Chesapeake Bay Watershed.