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

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

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.”

ACO StormBrixx Wins Design Innovation Award

We are still pinching ourselves. StormBrixx, our sustainable storm water management solution, has won the Product Design Innovation award at the British Construction Industry Awards 2012!

StormBrixx, which can be applied in every construction environment, was described as “future focused” by ACO’s Managing Director Richard Hill. The recognition received at this event highlights the superb work that all the ACO team has put towards the development of this ingenious SuDS solution.

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ACO StormBrixx is an advanced, market-leading SuDS system designed to store water more effectively. As part of our new stormwater attenuation and infiltration solution, ACO StormBrixx breaks new ground. An intelligent, stackable design simplifies delivery and installation, while minimising carbon footprint. What’s more, inspection and maintenance is made quick and easy thanks to a host of smart design features, which reduce running costs and prolong system life.

The judges highlighted the innovative nature of the product, which is made from recycled materials, saying that it has “truly reinvented an existing product type. StormBrixx meets clients’ needs and provides a solution that otherwise might have been overlooked.”

The event, which takes place every year, pulled in 900 people from across the country to celebrate the elite minds in the British construction industry.

Even RT Hon Michael Fallon, Minister of State for business, was in attendance to watch our skilled product development team collect their prize at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, on Wednesday 10th October.

Celebrations were also in order for the BCIAs, who marked 25 years of awarding the best minds in the UK construction sector, making them the longest standing accolade in the industry.