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9.10.2007

Environmentally Friendly Home Building

Recently the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) released its 2007 list of the top technologies for the year. These are technologies that are on the market right now that can improve the durability, efficiency, affordability and environmental performance of the homes we build.

Number 8 was
Permeable Pavers and Pavement. It's amazing that it is now being listed as a technology of 2007. I saw these over ten years ago while touring the Florida House in Sarasota and I thought then, of course,
everyone will want to build with these, they make so much sense. Rainwater seeps through the permeable pavement systems and filters through the soil instead of flowing off the driveway or parking lot, reducing the need for stormwater drainage and expensive retention ponds.

The Florida House was built by the Institute for Sustainable Development about 13 years ago as a demonstration of sustainability practices such as recycling and green building.

More on the other nine technologies in a later post.

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