Why do councils love permeable paving?

Permeable paving is pretty simple – water drains freely and quickly through it and into the ground underneath. But why do councils (and engineers, and architects, and town planners, and municipal water authorities….) love permeable paving so much? We’ll have a look at this, and the environmental benefits in this blog post. But first, where … Continued

How does permeable paving work?

If you’re reading this article, it’s likely that you’ve had a quick look around the website and have worked out that the aim of permeable paving is to get water to drain through the ground, and not into the stormwater system. But how is that actually achieved? And how do we do it? We’ll have … Continued

What subsurface drainage do you need under a permeable pavement?

A good permeable pavement should drain significant quantities of water immediately through both the paving layer and paving base. This means that in all but the heaviest of rain events, very little water remains on the surface of the paving.  But what implications does this have for drainage? Do you still need surface drains … Continued

Types of permeable pavers

Permeable paving is recognised as an integral part of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), and is increasingly being employed as a powerful tool in complying with various town planning requirements for permeability, tree protection, and WSUD compliance. But what sort of permeable paving could you use? And do you know that you don’t have to … Continued

What is the cost of permeable pavement?

We often get asked straight away “how much does permeable paving cost?”. But it’s not always a straightforward answer… Firstly, permeable paving is often specified because you can’t use normal paving or concrete due to town planning restrictions – such as tree protection, or to meet WSUD criteria. So before looking at a direct cost … Continued

Is there an Australian Standard for Permeable Paving?

Australian Standards (https://www.standards.org.au/) cover just about everything that you might build, buy or encounter in life in Australia. They’re the way to ensure that products have comparable minimum performance standards, and to ensure that works (including almost all aspects of construction) are completed to a safe, high quality standard. For example, there are various standards … Continued

Permeable Paving in the Royal Botanical Gardens

Here at New Dawn, we always get interesting and unique problems to solve with permeable paving. We recently received a request to provide permeable paving around a bottle tree in the Children’s Garden in the Royal Botanical Gardens. One of the trees had recently died, so had been replaced. This meant ripping up the permeable … Continued

Warranties, maintenance and FAQ’s

Here at New Dawn, we often get asked what warranties and guarantees we offer with our permeable paving. Hopefully in this blog post, we can look at what we offer for you. Before we go any further, we should say that our permeable paving needs no more, and no less maintenance than any other stone … Continued

Permeable Parking Areas and Stormwater Collection

Increasingly we are seeing more and more creative ways that permeable paving can be used to manage stormwater and associated problems like erosion and nutrient leeching. For example, this article here (opens in new tab) shows a council in Canada trialling a permeable parking lot. It’s a great illustration of how councils are realising the … Continued

Poolside Permeable Paving

We exhibited at the SPASA Pool and Spa Show last weekend, showing off our permeable paving and it’s application around poolsides and spas. Our display at the SPASA Pool and Spa Show Everyone we talked to were interested in the paving – and that if you install it around a poolside, water will drain through … Continued