Best Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Drainage

Best Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Drainage

A high-quality drainage solution can greatly reduce one’s negative impact on our waterways. Consistent drain flow will ensure material debris and pollutants are not collected, absorbed and conveyed during heavy downpours. Nevertheless, drainage positioning, installation and build quality all significantl impact on the quality of outflows. Here is a list of practices Environmentally Sustainable Drainage inspired by Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD):

  • Ensure impervious surfaces (e.g. paved areas) are graded during construction to drain to vegetated areas.
  • Detain stormwater on your block where practicable; use permeable paving, pebble paths, infiltration trenches, soakwells, lawns and garden areas to soak up excess water flows.
  • Be extremely judicious in your use of fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides.
  • To prevent land erosion and dispersal of soils, position drains on slight gradients.
  • Look for quality drainage products; ensure non- toxic, non-oxidising and durable constructions (preferably stainless steel) that won’t leach harmful chemicals into the environment.

Stormtech takes a boldly holistic approach to their designs; the WSUD standard is a guiding philosophy in the design, manufacture and installation of all Stormtech products. This ensures not only the highest standards in workmanship, but a commitment to maximising the quality of water discharged through our drainage systems. 

 

 

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Compliance of Regulations and Why It Matters

The issue of non-conforming and non-compliant products affects every stakeholder in the building industry. By ignoring regulations, building professionals endanger, not only their own reputation, but also the status of the entire industry. The plumbing industry has a number of regulations that are important to adhere to. Aspects like minimum size requirements, load restrictions and accessibility are vital for the success of plumbing and drainage systems. In this white paper, we examine why it is important that everyone plays by the rules.


The Pitfalls of Investing in Low Grade Drainage

The importance of choosing compliant and conforming products in construction is regularly discussed in the media and within the industry. The most dramatic examples of the failure of substandard products – such as the Melbourne Docklands fire and the Infinity cable recall – are widely broadcast, yet the range of implications involved in choosing cheaper products remain largely underreported. For building professionals, it is important that the hallmarks of sub-standard drainage systems are easily identified so informed decisions can be made. Products demonstrating reduced flexibility can signal low quality, as they are only relevant for general applications. A cheap solution also suggests a lack of testing, or a short research and development period, which could lead to problems later down the line.    


Specifying Balcony Drainage Systems

Balcony design, and in particular drainage systems are a critical design consideration for multi-residential developments. Balconies are an external element of the building that must be properly integrated to work with the internal elements of the building. Balconies require appropriate drainage and isolation from the internal elements of the building.  


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Specification Guide To Pool Area Drainage

A review of specification of drainage products for architects, landscape architects and garden designers to sustainably design for high capacity water flow.


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The Stormtech guide to ensuring your linear drainage waterproofing is installed correctly.


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