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Permeability
Made from Sustainable resources
Surface Suitability
Asphalt
Porous Lane
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Yes
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Yes
Driveways
Footpaths
Parking lots
Pavers
Boral Hydrapavers
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Footpaths
Driveways
Parking lots
Pavers
Premier Hydropavers
Permeability
25 mm per minute
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Yes
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
25 mm per minute
Yes
Footpaths
Driveways
Parking lots
Pavers
HydroCon HydroCERA
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Yes
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Yes
Driveways
Footpaths
Parking lots
Pavers
HydroCon HydroSTON
Permeability
270 mm per minute
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Yes
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
270 mm per minute
Yes
Driveways
Footpaths
Parking lots
Pavers
APC Ecopave
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Footpaths
Driveways
Parking lots
Pavers
Best’s Bio Paver
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Parking lots
Pavers
Adbri Ecotrihex
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Parking lots
Pavers
Littlehampton Clay Pavers
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Pavers
Midland Brick Aqua Tri Pave
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Pavers
Melbourne Brick ECO Pavers
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Footpaths
Driveways
Grids
Grass Reinforcements
Permeability
High
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
High
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Grids
Ecoraster
Permeability
High
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Yes
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
High
Yes
Driveways
Footpaths
Grids
SurePave
Permeability
High
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Yes
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
High
Yes
Driveways
Footpaths
Grids
Grass-Cel
Permeability
High
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Yes
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
High
Yes
Driveways
Footpaths
Grids
Gravelpave2
Permeability
High
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Yes
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
High
Yes
Driveways
Footpaths
Asphalt
Boral Open Graded Asphalt
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Parking lots
Roads
Asphalt
StoneSet
Permeability
103L/sqm/min
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
103L/sqm/min
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Parking lots
Asphalt
Boral No Fines Concrete
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Parking lots
Roads
Asphalt
Pebble Pave
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Parking lots
Asphalt
WaterPave DriveTec
Permeability
30L/s/m²
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
30L/s/m²
Undisclosed
Footpaths
Asphalt
Rockpave FlowStone
Permeability
1000-1500mm/min
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Yes
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
1000-1500mm/min
Yes
Footpaths
Asphalt
APC Permcon
Permeability
Undisclosed
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
Undisclosed
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Asphalt
WaterPave DriveCon
Permeability
32,000 mm/hr
Made from Sustainable Resources?
Undisclosed
Surface Suitability
Roads
Driveways
Parking lots
Footpaths
32,000 mm/hr
Undisclosed
Driveways
Footpaths
Parking lots
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What is Permeable Surfaces Australia?

The use of permeable surfaces is an important environmental consideration. Where traditional pavers and pavements contribute to run-off and wasted water, pervious solutions allow water to be returned to where it is needed most - the water table beneath the ground. At Permeable Surfaces Australia, we want to lay the groundwork for a better approach to water management through the use of porous surfaces.

We advocate for the best in permeable surfaces, porous surfaces, and pervious surfaces. To achieve this goal, we work with:

● Manufacturers looking to deliver their products to a wider variety consumers
● Council workers looking permeable asphalt solutions for use local projects
● Builders seeking permeable pavement solutions to meet council requirements
● Homeowners looking for permeable paving slabs and other pervious paving systems

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Frequently asked questions about permeable surfaces

What is permeable pavement?

Permeable surfaces, including permeable pavements, allow water to filter through to the ground below. This ensures that more water makes its way to the soil to aid in the growth and development of trees. 

Impermeable surfaces - like pavements, driveways, and patios - catch rainfall and direct it to stormwater drains, which then flow to creeks and rivers. Stormwater often contains toxic runoff like grease, petrol, and oil. Permeable pavement also prevents stormwater from entering water systems without filtration.

What are the benefits of permeable surfaces?

There are a range of benefits for the use of permeable surfaces in domestic, commercial, and governmental settings.
       1. Permeable surfaces reduce the amount of stormwater flowing to creek and rivers, which often does so without any filtration.
       2. Pervious surfaces can also direct water to soil, which can aid in the growth and maturation of trees.
        3. In the situation of heavy rain, porous surfaces catch and deliver rain straight into the ground, reducing the risk of flooding.
        4. Permeable pavement can also work to absorb more heat that traditional tarmac, reducing the heat island effect and promoting less reliance on energy.

What is the difference between porous, permeable, and pervious surfaces?

At Permeable Surfaces Australia, we are here to bring you information on the best porous, permeable, and pervious surfaces. These terms are often used interchangeably in the industry.
It is important to understand that each of these solutions have different characteristics, including physical and aesthetic qualities. In a nutshell, here’s an overview of each of these terms and how they are applied.

Porous surfaces, like porous pavers, are utilised in a grid system, and filled with porous materials like sand, dirt, or gravel. This structure distributes water over a wider surface area. The top surface of a porous system can even support grass.

Permeable pavers
are usually made from concrete and brick, with separated impermeable joints filled with crushed filler, which works to filter water. Used in walkways, roads, and parking lots, permeable pavers direct water through the system to where it has been designated.

Pervious surfaces
allow water to collect on the surface and to gradually work its way through to the ground below. This ground has plenty of space to breathe, and allows roots and soil microbes to interact freely.

What is the difference between pervious and impervious surfaces?

Impervious pavers do not hold or absorb any water, and simply let unfiltered water run directly into stormwater drains, often full of pollutants. Other surfaces, like impervious driveways, also do not allow the ground and roots below to breathe.