09 Nov Water permeable paving helps make LEED Certification more attainable and attractive for homeowners
When a community college curriculum includes building affordable LEED-certified housing, you know sustainability is truly becoming a household word and demand will increase.
Water permeable clay pavers play an important role in this application in Greensboro, NC, being installed by carpentry and landscaping students at Guilford Technical Community College.
The pavers contribute to the LEED qualification in three ways. First, they’re regionally available product. Second, the pavers come in colors that reflect heat. Third, water permeable paving is installed to allow storm water to drain between the pavers, into the special aggregate base that naturally filters the water back into the ground.
The three-bedroom, two-bath house was designed and built by students and demonstrates that green building techniques can be incorporated into a home that’s within the financial reach of many middle-income homeowners.
Pine Hall Brick and its management regularly support educational projects with product donations and by providing adjunct instruction in paver installation.
GTCC students have built houses for more than 20 years. This is, however, the first time the school has focused on green construction. The school and GHG Construction Corp., a not-for-profit that oversees GTCC’s building projects, wanted to give students an introduction to sustainable construction techniques and materials. Accordingly, the house was designed and built with an eye toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.