Friday October 19, 2012
Woodbury, NJ-October 19, 2012-EP Henry, the premier family-owned and operated manufacturer of Hardscaping™ products in North America, launched ECO Center, a new section of its website to help educate environmentally conscious businesses and homeowners about Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP) and the company's ECO ® Line of paving systems.
Most paving systems-such as the asphalt or concrete used in driveways, walkways and parking lots-are impervious, preventing water from penetrating the
surface. By contrast, EP Henry's PICP ECO Line is pervious, allowing water to percolate to the subsoil through a combination of open spacing pavers and open-graded stone.
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 due to the company's desire to be more green and to provide products that are friendly to the environment and comply with increased water management regulations.
"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 customer interest in sustainable paving options," said J.C. Henry III, CEO of EP Henry. "Our ECO Center educates customers about the environmental benefits of permeable pavers while showcasing how these products can be incorporated as an aesthetically pleasing alternative to other green paving solutions."
EP Henry's ECO products are attractive to customers for several reasons:
- Storm water 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 storm water run-off 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. ECO products 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 storm water regulations. In an effort to manage run-off and pollution, local governments often place limits on the amount of impervious surface coverage permitted at each residential or commercial property. ECO Line allows homeowners and businesses to expand their paved areas without exceeding such limits. Some municipal agencies offer storm water reduction incentives, such as tax credits and reduced water rates.
- Credits toward LEED certification. For builders, businesses and homeowners 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 ECO Line 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. ECO Paver or ECO Cobble can be installed above rain harvesting systems, enabling all rain water that falls onto the patio to flow into the system's storage area.
- A more aesthetic approach. Other environmentally friendly paving systems, such as porous concrete or asphalt, offer little to no options in terms of appearance. By contract, ECO products come in several colors, textures and patterns, allowing customers to meet both their green and aesthetic needs.
"Ten years ago, there were far fewer regulations in place regarding impervious coverage and storm water run-off, and less options and incentives for homeowners and businesses to go green," said Henry. "That has totally changed today."
EP Henry's ECO products can be found in commercial projects such as Kuhner Funeral Home in York, PA and Integrity Bank in Camp Hill, PA; educational projects such as Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. and Goucher College in Baltimore, MD; and municipal projects in Millville, Newark and Princeton, NJ. Currently, EP Henry is working with Perkins Center for the Arts' Collingswood, NJ location to build the courtyard and parking area of its Eco-Plaza, expected to be completed in summer 2012.