PRACTICAL, SUSTAINABLE, BEAUTIFUL
Our permeable pavers are perfect for patios, pathways, driveways, car parks, swimming pool surrounds, outdoor showers and more. Plus, this permeable technology has a lower heat island effect and looks stunning.
Available only from JAGAS
JAGAS is the only company in New Zealand to offer permeable paving that is both porous and suitable for vehicle loadings. JAGAS HydroPavers are of an advanced ceramic construction that combines high strength, high porosity and excellent water retention. They also carry a Codemark certification for acceptability by Local Authorities.
So-called “permeable” paving products, such as those made from standard dry-cast concrete, rely on the gaps between the pavers to allow water to pass – and rely entirely (but not always successfully) on the supporting layers to retain water. The gaps can clog, completely, negating the permeability of the paving installation. But you’ll have no such problem with HydroPavers, making them very attractive to our high-profile customers.
HydroPavers have excellent Green properties, both in their behaviour in the environment (see below) and by being manufactured from recycled porcelain.
How Are Hydropavers Made?
Hydropavers are made entirely from recycled porcelain tiles. This video gives a look behind the scenes into how Hydropavers are manufactured. This is a truly sustainable, permeable technology.
HydroPavers vs wine permeability test
Features & Benefits
JAGAS HydroPavers are truly permeable, meaning that water flows through the surface of the paver.
They will hold the first 11mm of rainfall inside the void spaces in the paver (20% of volume). This works out to be 3.9L/ m2 of floor area. After the rain stops, this water will transpire back into the atmosphere. If that’s not enough retention capability, after the pavers retention space is filled, the water will pass into the specially designed base at a rate of 3mm/min. This also acts as a retention space that can be customised to the specific project.
Auckland averages 3.5mm rainfall/day and 60mm on a bad day. These pavers have ZERO run off!
According to the Auckland Unitary plan, a maximum of 60% of your site coverage can be impermeable (site type dependent). This includes roofs, paved or impervious compacted areas such as patios, driveways and parking areas. Jagas Hydropaver system is Codemark Certified and therefore must be accepted as a truly permeable surface by the council. It also meets the 10mm retention requirement meaning that your permeable surface and retention device can be an all in one solution.
See below quote from the Auckland Council Unitary Plan:
“The 95th percentile detention requirement and the 10 mm retention requirement can be provided in one single device; any storage volume provided to meet the 10 mm retention requirement can also be used to meet the 95th percentile detention requirement. Devices that can meet retention and detention requirements include raintanks (where the water is re‐used), permeable pavement, raingardens, gravel trenches and infiltration basins.”
With the increase in global warming, the heat island effect demands ever-increasing attention. Have you ever sat under an umbrella in a café and felt like you are in a sauna, with the heat radiating off the concrete paving all around you? How about walking on pavers or concrete surfaces in bare feet? Ouch!
Because of the micro-capillary structure inside the HydroPaver, the air voids actually make the paver retain less heat. HydroPavers remain up to 10°C cooler than surrounding concrete or stone surfaces, making them more comfortable to walk on in summer. The air voids also serve to dampen sound, proving useful in busy urban areas.
See the image below showing a -10°C difference between the surrounding concrete and black HydroPaver.
Due to the fact the Hydropavers pass water through faster than it rains here in NZ, there is no surface puddling in heavy rain. Results from Opus tests also indicate a coefficient of friction of 0.65 when wet. This means you can have peace of mind knowing that risk has been reduced of slippage in wet conditions.
Traditional paving needs re-sealing every 3-6 years depending on the sealer and the traffic on the paving. Even when the paving is sealed it is still possible to get permanent/difficult to remove stains on them that requires in-depth (and expensive) maintenance. This is all extra cost that doesn’t appear at first when quoting a paving job but still must be considered!
Hydropavers do not need to be sealed and will not permanently clog with debris. All you need to do is give them a hose down/ scrub or light water blast and all silt, sand and dirt will be cleared. The colour is also baked into the ceramic paver and will not fade with time in harsh New Zealand conditions.
This product was picked up by Auckland Transport in Waiuku Town Centre for this very reason.
HydroPavers offer extensive benefits. Apart from their good looks, these include:
- Significantly reducing the impact of council site coverage limitations
- Reducing the heat island effect in built up areas
- Providing retention space following heavy rain
- No sealing required
- Low maintenance
- Quick installation
HydroPavers are a sintered ceramic paver, made from recycled porcelain tiles. Old tiles are crushed, pressed under 1600 Ton and then baked at 1200°C to form the HydroPaver. The fine dust waste material from this process is then used to manufacture another line of cheap porcelain tiles.
Porcelain is a very strong and hard-wearing material (they are still digging up pieces from Pompeii almost 2,000 years later!). HydroPavers have a compressive strength of 40MPA and are suitable for being driven on. Our 200×100 segment is perfect for driveways, both residential and commercial.
- Infiltration rate = 3mm/min
- Retention capacity = 11L/m2
- Compressive strength = 37MPA
- Heat island (up to 10˚C cooler)
- Coefficient of friction = 0.65
- 200x100x55 (suitable for traffic)
Sizes available on order:
“The existing pavers in Waiuku were difficult to keep clean to a standard required by the businesses in the Town Center. We have found the HydroPavers easier to clean and have met the business owners’ expectations. Thank you Warwick and the Jagas Team for working with Auckland Transport to find this effective solution.”
– Richard Firth, Road Development Manager – South