Environment

Soil reinforcement with optimal water permeability: the ecological way

Architects, engineers and designers are increasingly aware of the importance of pavements, which, in combination with water management and greenery, can create the ultimate combination for a sustainable and ecological application.

Why is it better to opt for ground plates instead of sealing the surface using clinker bricks, asphalt or concrete?

When asphalt, concrete or clinker bricks are used, this will have a (catastrophic) effect on the ecological balance. Below you will find several important reasons why you should opt for a water permeable soil reinforcement.

Danger for high water

Rainfall can no longer slowly sink into the soil. Instead, it is being drained directly to channels and rivers through drainage systems, causing possible flooding.

New formation of groundwater is greatly inhibited.

As rain water can no longer be naturally absorbed by the soil, it causes desiccation and lower groundwater levels.

Waterlogging caused by overloaded sewage systems

All rain water is being drained by the sewage systems. Since sewage systems often do not have sufficient capacity, this often causes waterlogging and flooding during heavy rain showers.

An enormous cost for the construction of drainage systems

Rainwater must be collected in more and more locations to reduce overflow and flooding, which entails enormous unnecessary costs. Drainage systems must be maintained and installed in places where they would normally not be required.

Rainfall becomes wastewater

If we do not use rainwater effectively, it is being washed away in our drainage systems, despite the many application possibilities.

Climate change

By sealing the surface, many places develop a so-called city climate. The hardened ground surface retains more heat which prevents it from cooling down, especially during the summer months.

Influence on the ground surface

The water and oxygen balance in the soil will be severely disrupted, which causes soil organisms to die out. Harmful airborne substances and water are no longer held by the soil, but are directly discharged into the surface water.

Reducing the habitat of plants and animals

Habitats are destroyed and sensitive species are eradicated or suppressed by species that can adapt.

These type of situations will only be magnified in densely populated areas. In locations where water demand is greatest, less groundwater is formed.

CONCLUSION

Freeing up the soil surface is absolutely necessary, in order for the soil to absorb the rain water and to restore the natural balance. This reduces costs and causes less flooding.