Article highlights various subdivision developments that are examples of how green infrastructure can significantly reduce a developer’s costs while increasing profits. Several of these case studies were included in a larger EPA comparative study estimating the savings developers realized when using green infrastructure over conventional systems. Available at StormH20.com.
"Consumers like the idea that they live in a green community. Not everyone gets the science behind green stormwater management, but they get the walking trails, trees, and open spaces"
Discussion of how green infrastructure is increasingly recognized as cost competitive and even profitable stormwater management practice for commercial developers and property owners that offers a return on investment. The role of local government incentives and regulation in supporting the expansion and growth of developer implementation of GI is also explored. Available at StormH2O.com
Exploration of how various green infrastructure practices can help advance the bottom line for the commercial real estate sector with illustrative examples for specific building types and key findings from a wide range of published research. This report also describes the types and potential magnitude of benefits that commercial property owners can reap from green infrastructure. Available at NRDC.org
This report details maintenance costs and time spent for various types of green infrastructure installations. Maintenance includes prescribed burns, herbicide applications, hand pulling, sediment removal, erosion control, planting, and seeding.
Example of the costs, benefits, and savings of using porous asphalt as a roadway cover, pervious concrete for sidewalks, and permeable pavers for driveways at a new 24-unit townhome development. Available at OregonMetro.gov
Cost benefit study on the ability to save money on a per-acre basis by replacing strategic portions of turf grass areas with naturalized areas made up of low maintenance, hardy native plants. Costs calculated from hundreds of projects to compare the installation and annual maintenance costs of native prairie plantings to those of maintaining turf lawn shows that in just a few years you can begin to realize a substantial return on your initial investment. Available at APWA.net