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Low Impact Development

By Kirsten Kapsin, (196 words) Posted in Green Flooring on December 9, 2008
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Low-impact development (LID) is a green building process that utilizes nature in order to direct storm water closer to its source. LID methods include:

  • Creating appealing and functional site drainage
  • Preserving and restoring natural scenery
  • Using rain gardens, permeable pavements, vegetated rooftops and bioretention facilities

LID can be used in existing or new developments and can be adjusted to suit a wide range of land uses and settings. LID principles can help promote the natural movement of water and reduce the impact of already constructed areas. For example, a green roof (made of plants and shrubbery) may be added in the midst of dense urbanization as a way to reduce rainfall runoff. Other places where green landscaping can be used to reduce runoff are on impermeable surfaces such as parking lots.

So why is runoff bad? Runoff is comprised of dirt, pollutants, rain, and other matter it collects in storm drains and streams. Polluted runoff can degrade wildlife and even threaten public health. In urbanized areas, the movement of runoff is determined by sidewalks and buildings. Many cities use rooftop gardens and planters to capture the rainwater and keep it from additionally polluting runoff.


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Comments (22)

Russ posted on: December 27, 2008

Tax incentives to encourage roof top gardens in urban areas as well as reassessing juristional drainage requirements can positive, no cost, alternative to other ineffective costly (carbon credits come to mind) initiatives.

Iza posted on: April 17, 2009

LID can be a good thing but the only problem is that I don't think many people want a garden on their rooftop...imagine falling off that thing on a sunny day and breaking your neck for a tomato! That would suck. Its a great concept but how can we all begin to use it to prevent polluting run off?

Alex posted on: April 1, 2013

The approach provides opportunities to build homes that we need, while conserving natural areas and drainage patterns.However, the choice of adapting this kind of ways still remains to the people. - JustFab

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I really don't know much about this, I think it'd be nice if people would learn more about this matter. It seems very promising, I'll do a little research about this myself. - Scott Safadi

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