Session

Architecture, Spatial Planning and Civil Engineering

Description

Great problems resulting from the rainfalls, or saying explicitly: The water runoff on roads, streets, pavements, parking lots, squares, etc., require solutions. We are all witnesses of how streets of Prishtina and Tirana look like during rainfalls. Each one of us has been in one or other way participants in any of these occurrences, whether as pedestrians, vehicle operators or passengers. What was your impression and answer to it? The main goal of preparing this paper consists in a solution that would result as ideal perfection in preventing and avoiding entirely the urban water runoff and floods, the consequences of heavy rainfalls that last for long periods of time with stormy showers. The solution as per this study would be the utilization of pervious concrete. Pervious concrete is a construction material featuring the property that all water falling onto its surface to pass through it and be drained to the bottom side and flowing underground. This is enabled due to its composition and porous structure, accordingly all water-rain falling onto it will be drained and the surface remains water-free and easily passable. Pervious concrete, having the property of draining the water, has a positive impact on drivers steering the vehicles by the effect: no water-moisture on the roads, no vehicle sliding. Many countries all over the world apply this, especially in the USA where the application of pervious concrete has been applied for more than 40 years owing to innovative requirements of the American Government and awareness of employers, constructers, designers, urbanism architects on the advantages and benefits of pervious concrete. By the application of pervious concrete, the streets and roads of Prishtina and Tirana will not be flooded anymore, the pedestrians would be able to walk comfortably during wet weather conditions, the traffic flow will not be obstructed and stopped, and owing to its high porous structure this application will have a positive impact in lessening the acoustic pollution being as one of the major problems of urban sites.

Keywords:

Pervious concrete; sustainable street; environment; storm water, porosity, durability

Session Chair

Kujtim Elezi

Session Co-Chair

Ani Tola

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-23-3

First Page

85

Last Page

97

Location

Durres, Albania

Start Date

1-11-2013 4:30 PM

End Date

1-11-2013 4:45 PM

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Architecture Commons

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Pervious Concrete-New Solution for Sustainable Urban Street Construction Case: Prishtina and Tirana

Durres, Albania

Great problems resulting from the rainfalls, or saying explicitly: The water runoff on roads, streets, pavements, parking lots, squares, etc., require solutions. We are all witnesses of how streets of Prishtina and Tirana look like during rainfalls. Each one of us has been in one or other way participants in any of these occurrences, whether as pedestrians, vehicle operators or passengers. What was your impression and answer to it? The main goal of preparing this paper consists in a solution that would result as ideal perfection in preventing and avoiding entirely the urban water runoff and floods, the consequences of heavy rainfalls that last for long periods of time with stormy showers. The solution as per this study would be the utilization of pervious concrete. Pervious concrete is a construction material featuring the property that all water falling onto its surface to pass through it and be drained to the bottom side and flowing underground. This is enabled due to its composition and porous structure, accordingly all water-rain falling onto it will be drained and the surface remains water-free and easily passable. Pervious concrete, having the property of draining the water, has a positive impact on drivers steering the vehicles by the effect: no water-moisture on the roads, no vehicle sliding. Many countries all over the world apply this, especially in the USA where the application of pervious concrete has been applied for more than 40 years owing to innovative requirements of the American Government and awareness of employers, constructers, designers, urbanism architects on the advantages and benefits of pervious concrete. By the application of pervious concrete, the streets and roads of Prishtina and Tirana will not be flooded anymore, the pedestrians would be able to walk comfortably during wet weather conditions, the traffic flow will not be obstructed and stopped, and owing to its high porous structure this application will have a positive impact in lessening the acoustic pollution being as one of the major problems of urban sites.