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Pine Hall Brick brings permeable paving to Furman University’s Cliffs Cottage

April 14, 2009

The Cliffs Cottage at Furman, a Southern Living Showcase home, is a model of environmentally responsible design, sustainable building techniques and materials and energy-saving systems. From the bamboo flooring to the solar panels in the roof, the 3,400-square-foot residential home has all the latest technological innovations in sustainable living.

The commitment to environmentally sound design doesn’t end with the house itself. The same concepts were applied to the landscaping, organic and formal gardens and rainwater collection systems.

Even the walkways and hardscape elements around the house and gardens – which are made of Pine Hall Brick’s StormPave™ permeable clay pavers – were specified and installed in keeping with the house’s overall emphasis on sustainability.

“The Pine Hall Brick clay pavers were a perfect addition to this project,” said Ed Marshall, director of special projects for Furman University and project director for the Cliffs Cottage project. “It is really a marriage of design and function. What a beautiful product that meets our criteria for sustainability perfectly.”

The recently introduced StormPave™ permeable clay pavers – and a second product, RainPave™ pavers – are the first of their kind. When installed in a “best practice” permeable pavement installation design, the pavers allow rainwater to infiltrate through the walkway surface to the groundwater below, which acts as a natural filter, instead of flowing across the surface to a storm drain and picking up pollutants along the way.

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