Grass Concrete highlights some Growing Concerns with Grass Paving installations
Today’s wide choice of grass paving systems means landscapers now have the widest choice of products. Without the clear guidelines on sustainable grass paving it could be possible to end up with a product that might be fine in the short term, but will not stand the test of time, and in turn, not achieve any degree of sustainability.
As a supplier of grass paving systems for more than forty years Grass Concrete Ltd see the need for a strict fit for purpose policy as the key to achieving sustainability. Our policy is to guide our clients and we offer all types cast on-site concrete, pre-cast blocks or plastic systems with grass paving installations still growing strong some forty years on.
When specifying a design incorporating grass paving for SUDS and permeable hard landscaping both vehicle traffic and application are key factors to consider.
“The paving will be rarely used,” is a common statement often used to drive down the specification to “affordable” levels. Think however about the potential for unplanned heavy use, from refuse and skip vehicles, emergency access roads and heavy-duty fire and rescue vehicles up to 15 tonnes. Weight load is critical to sustainability.
Take for example a car park in daily use – “will the grass cover and then the structure stand up to that sort of regular usage.” If the application is to slopes, “will it function as an armouring layer and will it offer grip?” These are the sort of challenging questions that specifiers should ask to ensure a correct specification.
As part of Grass Concrete’s commitment to “Fit for Purpose” careful consideration of plastic over concrete is essential, where a project is subject to frequent traffic or heavy loads, plastic grass paving alternatives are not recommended and unsustainable.
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