Let This Soak In: An Investigation into the Viability of Permeable Pavement on Dalhousie University’s Studley Campus
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Storm water runoff that collects over impervious pavement in urban areas has the potential to negatively affect the environmental, social and economic well being of a community through pollution runoff, high costs, and flooding or icing. Alternatively, Permeable pavement systems have an extensive list of environmental, economic, and social benefits that could potentially reduce the negative impacts of surface water runoff from impermeable surfaces. Considering this information, this paper explores and analyses the feasibility of implementing permeable pavement systems on Dalhousie University’s Studley Campus in Halifax. Permeable concrete, permeable asphalt, interlocking pavers, and conventional asphalt are examined. Suggestions are provided regarding how the university can move forward when deciding which type of pavements to use when potentially renovating or constructing paved areas. The paper concludes that permeable pavement systems are a feasible and beneficial option that Dalhousie University should consider. Furthermore, it is shown that permeable concrete is the best option after analysing 15 aspects of each pavement type. However, further research is required to expand on this pilot study and should make use of cost quotes and company-specific data to understand the best option for Dalhousie.