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Don’t tell anyone, but Lyngso Garden Materials in Redwood City, CA can make pervious concrete!  We just helped them to make a yard of pervious concrete out of their little batch plant and it worked great.  We put it in the back of one of their special concrete dump trucks, drove around for awhile and ...

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Energy Conservation

A new landscape can require a lot of energy, also known as embodied energy, to install.

Fortunately there are a number of ways to minimize this potentially large energy requirement on your new landscape.


Deciduous Trees

Planting deciduous trees on the south side of your structure can make a dramatic difference on the untility bill and footprint.


LED Lights

Today's LED lights are awesome! Great color, very bright, last almost forever. They use less than 1/3 to as little as 10% the energy of regular outdoor lights.

Thin Concrete low embodied enery

Thin Concrete

Thin concrete is high performance concrete that when placed using certain installation techniques can be placed at less than half the thickness of regular concrete.

In addition to environmental advantages, there are many situations where the use of thin concrete can save money, e.g., over existing concrete or replacing asphalt on an old driveway.


Pavers over Existing con/base

Similar to one of the environmental advantages of thin concrete, interlocking pavers can be set over existing base rock or even concrete.  It usually saves money on the installation costs as well, without compromising the durability of this excellent solution.


Recycled Concrete

Old concrete if it doesn't have reinforcement can be broken up and reused onsite as paths, patios or retaining walls.  For even more of a flagstone effect, it can be stained as well. 


Poured Earth

Poured earth as we have designed it, is basically concrete that instead of sand uses soil from on-site.

Traditionally it has a rougher texture to give it more of an old world look. As we pour it, we add different colors to achieve unique effects.


Transportation

The transportation of products and materials can be a huge consumer of energy, aka embodied energy.  Also don't forget about the transportation impact of all those workers.

Why Conserve Energy?

Besides the obvious reasons, the use of energy generally results in pollution. For instance Portland cement, the typical binder in concrete, releases one ton of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere for every ton that is produced. Considering concrete is the world’s second most consumed material behind water, and it accounts for 5% of total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, using less of it would be a good goal.

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