CalStar Intros New Permeable Paver

CalStar Products, maker of award-winning fly ash bricks, this week announced a new paver that can be used in LEED projects in order to obtain credits for recycled content, regional materials, and stormwater design.  The paver, which is suitable for intense uses such as parking lots, alleys, crosswalks, and plazas, is made with 40% post-industrial recycled material and comes in several different colors.

Recycled content is the binder and carries the additional benefit of not requiring energy-intensive kiln firing (as would be the case with clay pavers or Portland cement in concrete pavers).  This translates into using 50-85% less manufacturing energy and emitting 85% less CO2 compared to alternatives, according to CalStar.

The pavers are 5″ x 10″ x 80mm in size and ADA compliant for slip resistance and gaps.  In addition, the shape of the brick allows for a surface layer of pavers with a permeable sub-base in order to reduce stormwater runoff and promote groundwater recharge.

Many municipalities are now mandating stormwater runoff control as a tool for low-impact development (LID), and [these] permeable pavers are ideal for this,” said Craig Ratchford, vice president of sales and marketing for CalStar.

CalStar pavers are available nationally through independent distributors and will be “competitively priced,” according to a press release.  A spokesperson for the company tells Jetson Green the pavers average about $2.25 per square foot.

[+] More info on CalStar Permeable Pavers for LEED projects.

Credits: CalStar Products.


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  • Brad Breneisen

    Really exciting to see a product like this realized. I wanted to share another block design that is still in the prototype stage but seeks to become the next Concrete Masonry Unit. It’s self aligning, self locking, modular and more…Check it out at: http://www.ldgblog.com/2011/07/20/do-the-pieces-fit/ 

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Brad, this is interesting.  I’m just seeing your comment.  What’s the status of the CMU?  Feel free to email me at preston at this domain.  

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