For the planners of a streetscape in the Village of New Albany, Ohio, the first question was cost. Would it be less expensive to apply new asphalt, conventional curb inlets and underground storm sewer piping or to install permeable pavers? When the estimates came in, the...

Sweat Equity, a mainstay of  HGTV’s DIY Network, is a show about how you can undertake home improvement projects to increase the equity in your home.  It’s hosted by general contractor Amy Matthews.  A recent episode was about how Amy’s sister, Christine, who spent nine...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="George E. Brown Photography & Imaging"][/caption] We won! The Brick Industry Association announced today that Pine Hall Brick had its pavers selected for two Brick in Architecture Award winners in this year's national competition. The winners were: a Best in Class award in...

In December, we wrote about the completion of a new streetscape in Winchester, Virginia using clay pavers. Here is a slide show that helps illustrate the aesthetic and functional advantages of pavers in municipal applications. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sL5mxWnBv0&hl=en_US&fs=1&]...

Durham, North Carolina has transitioned from a tobacco town to a newer service-oriented economy. In this wake of evolution, the city has demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation and adaptive reuse. The former American Tobacco campus still hoists a Lucky Strike logo to the sky on...

What folks in Bluffton, South Carolina,  have is a secret, a time capsule of a small Southern coastal village. The first homes were built in the early 1800s by plantation owners who wanted a summer’s respite from the heat on Lowcountry cotton and rice plantations. Today,...

2009 was a bumpy year for most businesses, but green products like water-permeable pavers represent a fresh opportunity for manufactures, contractors and installers. Municipal and residential projects involving sustainable construction, LEED certification and environmentally friendly products appear to be on the rise. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMZxAUQoE3M] Greensboro CBS affiliate WFMY...

Should you use permeable clay pavers or conventional clay pavers? Yes. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Kings Court hardscape by Alberto and Associates uses both conventional and permeable pavers."][/caption] Using both can give you the look and durability that you get with clay brick pavers while adding in a...

The designers of the Luray Train Depot, home of Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce, renovation in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia set out to repurpose the building into a visitor's center with two goals in mind: (1) refit a 100-year-old building with materials that would...

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