It turns out that being green is both popular and profitable – whether you are talking about backyards in suburbia or streets and sidewalks in cities, as a pair of recently released studies from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) show. Earlier this month, the...

With architectural echoes of the surrounding Amish farms, the new $7.5 million Mannheim Township Public Library is built to meet LEED Silver standards with environmentally friendly building materials and energy-efficient systems. This includes a geothermal heating system, with 40 450-foot-deep wells drilled into the solid limestone...

When a community college curriculum includes building affordable LEED-certified housing, you know sustainability is truly becoming a household word and demand will increase. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Guilford Technical Community College (Greensboro, NC) students level water-permeable aggregate in preparation for laying StormPave® clay pavvers in LEED...

Water permeable paving continues to blossom as a solution for sustainable hardscapes and landscaping. The American Society of Landscape Architects' (ASLA) 2011 Trend Study sees a growing interest among homeowners. ASLA noted that it when it comes to landscape elements, efficiency and sustainability reign supreme. The...

Sometimes, when something goes right, they ask you to do it again. And sometimes, when it goes really right, they ask you to keep doing it again and again for five years. Case in point: The Artist’s Backyard, a joint project between NC State University’s departments...

The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) has set firm guidelines on how storm runoff is to be handled. The good news is that many federal, state and local regulators have recognized permeable paving systems as a “best management practice” to control stormwater...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="First big rain."][/caption] Imagine being a college student, about right now, and imagine that you are slogging through another semester of calculus and you look up, through your dorm window, to see a campus covered in snow. It’s a good bet that you...

The conventional answer to storm water in parking lots involves sloping the lot to a drain—or more accurately, drains—and piping it underground either off the property to another drain or to a nearby fenced-off retention pond or bioswale. For the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce project...

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,...

Architect Robert Michel Charest tells us that water-permeable clay pavers really do let water permeate. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="574" caption="Before the LEED-Certified project was complete, the job site got a dousing from torrential rains."][/caption] Charest is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and...

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