Frequently used LID practices

·        bioretention cells, also known as rain gardens

·        cisterns and rain barrels

·        green roofs

·        pervious concrete or permeable paving

·        bioswales

·        manufactured (proprietary) devices that capture pollutants and/or aid in on-site infiltration

Some of the benefits of using a LID approach are:

·        no loss of land to water detention

·        no overburdening of existing infrastructure

·        manage storm events on site

·        cost is equal to or less than conventional construction

·        no impact fees associated with new development

·        promotes environmental stewardship

·        can add to the fabric of community

Via this ArchNewsNow interview with James Anderson, LEED AP

Note: See also the University of Arkansas Community Design Center’s recently published book Low Impact Development: A Design Manual for Urban Areas. Or visit their website for more info on LID.

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