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  • A type of pervious pavers. They allow rain to go into the soil, instead of the storm sewers. That type is typically used for driveways or parking areas. The Swiss Embassy has them all over. Is that a front yard or side yard? Could that be their parking spot?
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    • From DDOE’s RiverSmart Homes projects:
      “Pervious Pavers = DDOE will pay the difference (up to $1,200) between conventional pavement (concrete) and pervious pavers”

  • It’s a parking pad that also allows rainwater to get into the ground

  • these are all over the place in florida.

  • German parking lot pavers! Willkommen bei Aldi!

  • I first saw them in Florida, but if I ever have to repave my driveway, I’ll be using these…so much better in so many ways. The tend to be a LOT more expensive though.

  • That is a pervious paver. Likely done to accomodate a parking space, but with getting a relief in mind for SWF from DC WASA. A fews years back, DC WASA & DDOE started charging IAC to impervious surfaces per a lot. I believe there is a relief for SW fee if you are containing all your run offs within your property.

  • How do you gut the grass? I would totally do that in my yard.

    • You can run a mower right over them without a problem. A weed whacker would also do the trick if you didn’t have a mower around.

  • There’s talk of requiring these in all new parking spaces in certain areas in DC.

  • Is it bad for the under carriage of the car? I know that parking on grass for extending periods of time can cause rusting, etc.

    • That’s probably just for tall grass since it would trap humidity. For short grass it shouldn’t make any difference.

  • Yes. It’s a wonderful idea for people who still have to keep cars in their lives. RiverSmart program will help you with funding it — along with a lot of other good things, like rain barrels, rain gardens, and trees.

    • The only drawback to this is that you shouldn’t leave your car parked in the same spot all day, every day–the grass underneath will eventually die from lack of sunlight.

    • Just FYI, some people don’t “have” to keep cars in their lives. Some people actually like cars, love ’em, even, and own them by choice. Condemning cars and their culture is not a productive stance.

  • I love these! Seriously have you never seen it before? Check out Tesla’s Super-Charger stations.

  • No one is asking why in the world this surface is being used on a lawn. The world seems to have gone mad sometimes. People are talking about this kind of grid being used for a parking pad. BUT THAT IS NOT A PARKING PAD. What is going on in that picture is a WHOLE heck of a lot of weight being added – translates to compaction – to a lawn that to my eyes does not look like it gets a lot of traffic. People will try anything as long as it’s fashionable. Never mind that this is, on the face of it, a stupid use of this kind of thing.

    • GIven the port-o-john, I’m guessing this particular property is undergoing renovation and the pavers are intended to be used as a parking pad. Not sure it would be cost effective to install something like this instead of grass if hey were just planning to use it as lawn area.

      • I agree. But I am telling you, you’d be surprised what bone-headed ideas are out there. People have installed similar type stuff on a lawn.

        I just said that because it does not look to be a place to park, kind of smack dab up against a window like that and next to the sidewalk. Maybe a wider shot would be helpful.

        • That is definitely a parking pad next to the enclosed garage. Notice the brickwork around the parking pad as a marker. I walked by and noticed that gates will be installed as well.

  • That would be the craziest parking pad, then. It will be interesting if this blogger did an update.

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