ACO SuDS Swale Inlet: Behind the Design

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Bringing products to market involves a detailed journey of research and testing to develop a solution that meets various industry guidance and criteria.  In fact, many are developed to answer challenges presented by changes in legislation.  This was exactly the case with our SuDS Swale Inlet, which started as an initial response to Schedule 3 of the 2010 Flood and Water Management Act, evolving into the effective and noteworthy interface between SuDS solutions and proprietary drainage systems that it is today.

When reviewing the market’s requirements, a dearth of end of pipe solutions and a reoccurring trend of visually unappealing swale and basin inlets – often left as a cut pipe or with an unsightly concrete surround – was evident. Following customer suggestions and guidance from CIRIA C697, we recognised that a solution providing consistency of finish whilst being highly cost effective needed to be developed.

Engaging directly with our customers and meeting with landscape architects, local authorities, and environmental engineers across the country is always an integral part of our new product development programme, to ensure we create insightful solutions that meet the needs of the entire supply chain.

Taking on board wide ranging feedback we developed a solution that offers simple aesthetics with a technically advanced design in terms of surface finish and flared outlet.  As a result, flow is distributed across a footprint up to six times that of traditional pipe outfalls, allowing water dispersion and reducing scouring velocities.  What’s more, our SuDS Swale Inlet is the only product on the market that provides an off the shelf, ‘drop in’ solution for contractors, with erosion protection at the heart of it.  This product really takes swale inlets to the next level!

Click here for more information on ACO’s SuDS Swale Inlet.

Launch of BS 8582 – a much needed step forward for practical, sustainable drainage

The recently published BSI standard provides a hugely useful ‘code of practice’ to those of us involved in the specification, installation or maintenance of surface water management systems.

One of the key topics recognised by the standard is the relevance of proprietary drainage systems, and how they can provide flexible, effective, and complementary alternatives to natural infiltration systems.

With space and ground conditions such a major factor on new urban developments, this acknowledgement of hybrid surface water drainage solutions will be a welcome development to designers and planners.

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BS 8582 recognises the use of proprietary drainage elements as part of a sustainable drainage system (SuDS)

And with the forthcoming legislation changes, BS 8582 also provides SuDS Approval Boards (SABs) with a structured methodology to assess drainage planning applications.

For more information on BS 8582:2013 Code of practice for surface water management for developed sites, visit the BSI website

Flood prevention plans delay – new controversy?

With the profile of flood prevention high on the agenda it seems to be the right time to be talking SUDS.

News on the subject has been building gradually over the last week or two and the article by Roger Harrabin on the BBC article makes for interesting reading http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25676973

Design power in your hands

Our extensive range of channel drainage means we have a system for any application, however choosing the correct channel size to convey the flow from the drained area can be less clear….

The ACO Hydraulic Design Software is designed to answer just this.

The free online tool accurately analyses your selected channel to check it has suitable capacity; furthermore it can optimise the selection and potentially downsize the system if it is oversized.

ACO Hydraulic Design Software on a tablet

ACO Hydraulic Design Software on a tablet

Discover how our design software allows you to create more effective hydraulic plans – visit www.acodesign.co.uk

ACO StormBrixx nominated for an award again!

Its smiles all round here at ACO– last month ACO StormBrixx was again shortlisted for an award.

This time it was for the highly regarded Sustainability Leaders Awards in the category Sustainability Innovation: Systems & Software. The awards recognise organisations that are making genuine progress in embedding sustainability throughout their operations and we are thrilled to be part of the cut!

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Since its launch in 2012, the success of our geocellular stormwater management system, ACO StormBrixx, has been tremendous. In October 2012, its clever design was affirmed when presented with the prestigious British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards for Product Design Innovation.

Since then it has been recognised by the CPA in their Innovation & Achievement Publication, and has been shortlisted in both the Sustain’ magazine and the Environment and Energy Awards.

The industry recognition of its clever design and successful application in numerous projects confirms it is the special product we were aiming for. Its success has proven that it is something that brings value engineering, delivers real benefit and solves many challenging issues for successful, sustainable surface water management today and for the future.

Head to the edie.net website for more information on the Sustainability Leaders Awards

What impact will the new Water Bill have on SuDS?

The long awaited Water Bill has been published and has started its passage through Parliament. According to the Government website, the bill aims to reform the water industry: from the consumer’s point of view, it will address topics including the UK’s resilience to flooding and drought, the availability and affordability of flood insurance and generally make the industry more innovative and responsive to customers.

But what effect does it have on those of us involved in the specification, installation and maintenance of surface water management systems?

Section 21 of the bill “Drainage systems relieving public sewers” clarifies that the building and maintenance of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) can be undertaken by sewerage undertakers. We welcome this encouragement for the use of SuDS but does this change anything in the design of SuDS?

Bringing the decision process away from the developer – SAB – local authority negotiation into one organisation could change the way that, at least some, SuDS are designed. Even though there is no likelihood of them being included in the SuDS standards, there is a perception that amenity and biodiversity currently have a high weighting in the design of systems for adoption by the local authority. Water and Sewer Companies, coming at the problem from a different direction, could be expected to focus more strongly on demonstrable control of quantity and quality, and how and when maintenance is carried out.

We think that this will help bridge the gap between ‘engineered’ and ‘natural’ solutions (although we all know that ‘natural’ solutions have to be engineered that way) to a more holistic integration of components. What is clear is that access and maintenance will rise up the agenda and we design this into our surface water management solutions. For example StormBrixx, our infiltration and attenuation system, provides full 3D access and significantly simplifies inspection and cleaning.

ACO StormBrixx attenuation and infilitration system

ACO StormBrixx  infilitration and attenuation system

For further details of the measures coverage in the new Water Bill, visit:http://bit.ly/12HJrLm

What impact do you think the new Water Bill will have on SuDS? We would be interested to hear your comments…

 

ACO’s Martin Fairley presents at the SBWWI Seminar

ACOs Research Director Martin Fairley was delighted to give a presentation at last week’s SBWWI event at Stareton Hall, Stoneleigh Park.

The event, chaired by Alastair Moseley of J Murphy and Sons, Past President of CIWEM was the latest in a series of informative seminars run by the Society of British Water and Wastewater Industries to highlight the importance of SuDS in achieving an integrated approach to urban water management.

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Martin was one of the panellists amongst a prestigious group of experts from a variety of fields, including Government, Water Companies, Local Authorities, Academia, Consultants, and SuDS suppliers, all giving presentations within their scope of expertise. His speech highlighted both the challenges and opportunities faced by commercial urban sites. View this presentation here.

The conference was key in highlighting how effective SuDS can be in providing solutions to flooding for water companies, their importance in whole catchment planning for local water management, and their potential for use as a local source of water for non-potable use to combat water scarcity in at-risk areas of the UK.

The timing of this conference is highly significant seeing as the debate around the inactivity in making SuDS the ‘norm’ in urban surface water management is at long last gathering pace. We hope more conferences like these will help raise visibility around SuDS and encourage its implementation in urban drainage and water management planning.

ACO StormBrixx makes Awards Finals Again!

We are delighted here at ACO. StormBrixx has once again been shortlisted for an award – this time for the highly prestigious Environment and Energy Awards in the category for Innovative Water Product/Service. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 16th April but whatever the outcome, the fact that StormBrixx has been shortlisted again affirms the innovative solution this system offers in surface water management, especially in a year where the awards organiser states there has been a high quality of entries and judging has been tough.

The StormBrixx surface water infiltration and storage system was designed to address specific industry issues and has been integrated as part of a sustainable urban drainage scheme (SuDS) in all construction environments. The system is packed full of features based on detailed understanding of the historical problems the construction industry were battling with. It has full 3D access for inspection and maintenance, which is a requirement for primary adoption by Local Authorities. A stackable design reduces storage and transportation costs and, importantly, the carbon footprint of using the system. Cell brickbonding and crossbonding offer unrivalled strength and stability while maintaining easy installation and flexibility to minimise excavation requirements.

StormBrixx is already an award-winning product with the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards for Product Design Innovation. The industry recognition of its clever design and successful application in numerous projects confirm it is the very special product we were aiming for. Its success has proven that it is something that brings value engineering, delivers real benefit and solves many challenging issues for successful, sustainable surface water management today and for the future.

Join us at Ecobuild 2013

At Ecobuild 2013, we will be showcasing how our innovative engineering design delivers world-leading products for effective, sustainable drainage across all built environments. We can help you meet eco construction targets with a whole product portfolio for the sustainable management of water. With environmental issues in mind, our product ranges extensively use recycled materials and have design features that lower transportation costs and reduce carbon footprints.

Come and talk to us about our whole product range including ACO Water Management and ACO Building Drainage. Our team will be happy to review how products such as the award winning StormBrixx geocellular stormwater management system and our hygienic, corrosion resistant building drainage solutions can help you meet project requirements.

Our portfolio provides quality solutions for every application, including internal and building drainage, landscaping, leisure facilities, retail, distribution centres, highways and airports as well as solutions for environmentally sensitive projects. Comprehensive design support services will further help you meet all areas of the most demanding of modern drainage challenges and will support you every step of the way.

When it comes to eco targets, ACO gives you the answers you need. Visit us from 5-7th March at Ecobuild, stand N510 – we look forward to meeting and helping you there!

ACO StormBrixx featured in CPIA 2012

The Construction Products Association represents the UK’s manufacturers and suppliers of construction products, components and fittings. The innovative design of the ACO StormBrixx geocellular stormwater management system has led to its selection for inclusion in the organisation’s Innovation & Achievement (CPIA) 2012/13 publication. The catalogue showcases the latest innovations from construction product manufacturers across a number of categories. ACO StormBrixx is included within the ‘Improvements in Site Efficiency’ section for its reduced transportation and handling needs, easy assembly and fast installation along with design features that ensure easy maintenance and strength for a reliable, long-term solution.

CPIA highlights new products and processes that have been designed to give the construction products industry a sustainable future. The publication has been running for eight years and is well established as a popular and important showcase for this market area.

The patented StormBrixx design is the first to resolve the real issues faced by customers with handling, installation, strength, longevity and maintenance of underground stormwater tanks. The stackable, modular system brings flexibility in application and installation while significantly reducing storage and transportation costs. Requiring 75% less space in transit than traditional solutions, StormBrixx further delivers a substantial reduction in carbon footprint. Available as a complete, standalone solution or as an integral part of a wider sustainable drainage scheme (SuDS), the system uniquely uses brick-bonding and cross-bonding for unrivalled stability and strength with easy and reliable on-site assembly.

Underground water management solutions need to be viable as effective, long term, manageable systems. Suitable for all types of construction environment, ACO StormBrixx has an open-sided design for practical cleaning and true 3D access for inspection once installed. This ensures it meets the primary adoption needs of Local Authorities while the strong brick-bonding and cross-bonding design still retains the structural integrity of the installation. A facility that enables the system to completely drain down further ensures water storage volume remains maximised while silt can be easily removed from a lower sump in the system.

Commenting on the inclusion of StormBrixx within this important publication, Richard Hill, Managing Director at ACO, said, “We are delighted ACO StormBrixx was included within the 2012/13 issue of CPIA. The design of this product has truly tackled the issues faced by the construction industry in using underground stormwater storage and infiltration tanks. The system is a key part of our SuDS offering and reflects our commitment to develop optimum solutions to benefit the industry and the environment.”