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

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 provides drainage solutions to state-of-the-art Olympics 2012 venues

ACO supported the Olympics build by meeting diverse and complex drainage requirements across six venues and infrastructure improvements. We have been awarded our Licence Agreement as a recognised supplier of the London 2012 Olympic Games recently.

A presentation has been created to demonstrate our active involvement with prestigious Olympics venues and the drainage solutions that have been supplied. In total ACO supplied in excess of 30,000m of channel drainage for diverse and sometimes complex locations, supported by its in depth expertise to various Olympic build projects.

The task set out by the Olympic Delivery Authority was huge. It transformed a run-down area in East London covering parts of Stratford, Bow, Leyton and Hackney Wick with new sports venues, the Olympic Village, the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre. A new shopping centre, Westfield Stratford City was also opened adjacent to the Olympic Park as well as other major works carried out on improved transportation infrastructure and extensive landscaping of areas.

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An Olympic track must be precise to ensure any records set during the games are fair. Standing water would also not be acceptable for Olympic conditions and the ACO drainage channel needed to provide guaranteed efficiency as well as fine installation tolerances. Not only did the track need to be up to Olympic standards it also needed to cope with the rigours of the opening and closing ceremonies. In all ACO supplied 850m of Sport Channel Drainage and 2000m of channel drainage systems for areas including the 100m track internal perimeter and warm up tracks.

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600m of stainless steel drainage channels was supplied for the Aquatics Centre as well as heel-safe gratings for the changing rooms. The drainage was custom built to match the architect’s drawings with complex interlocking channels requiring careful design, expertise and precise installation.

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In excess of 800m of drainage channel was provided covering the main shopping concourse, walkways, steps and bridges. Specially designed polymer concrete channels were fitted with discrete Brickslot gratings to meet the specific aesthetic requirements of the project with required hydraulic efficiency.

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In order to support the increased visitors to the games, significant improvements were also carried out to the surrounding highway infrastructure, town centre, high streets and minor roads – designed to relieve congestion and improve accessibility. ACO RoadDrain and KerbDrain products were used extensively throughout the regeneration project.

Global warming will mean more rain!

A report from Australian scientists declares significant statistical proof that global rainfall is on the increase based on a century of records. The report links global warming with this increase in precipitation and predicts that continued intensification of rainfall events will lead to more frequent flooding throughout the world.

The research, using data from 8,326 observing stations which had collected at least 30 years of record over the period from 1900 and 2009, found the intensity of rainfall was statistically associated with temperature. It showed that increases of between 5.9% and 7.7% in rainfall occurred for each degree of temperature rise.

According to NASA the average temperature has increased by 0.8°C since 1880, with over two-thirds of that rise occurring since 1975. If this trend continues we will see a rise of around 0.15°C per decade.

Picture courtesy of The Independent

Picture courtesy of The Independent

A BBC report in January stated days of particular heavy rainfall in the UK have become more common since 1960, mirroring the increases seen in other parts of the world. It will be no surprise to hear that last year extreme downpours in the UK occurred on average once every 70 compared with the normally expected once every 100 days. If global temperatures continue to rise, however, our air will hold increasing amounts of moisture which statistically means yet more rain and, if we do nothing, the misery of the floods that go with it.

This information only serves to strengthen our viewpoint that the need for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) is increasingly important. To help in managing more intense rainfall, their implementation must be seriously considered by all local and national governments worldwide. If predictions about our climate are right, then we should maintain the drive for sustainable drainage to help manage the increased rainfall in our built environment. The need to engineer long term solutions that protect environments against the now all too common floods is recognised in the Floods and Water Management Act and we should welcome the careful consideration and subsequent implementation of SuDS in 2014 in England.

ACO: the proud winners of the sustainable “green stand” competition!

We are thrilled to announce that last night ACO were named winners of the over 100m2 UK Green Building Council Sustainable Stand Award at this year’s Ecobuild.

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The central point of interest of our stand is the “tick leaf” which has attracted a great deal of attention. We chose the leaf design to help convey ACO’s connection to the natural world and the custodial role of managing surface water and the function of returning it to the ground in order to maintain a healthy and sustainable ecosystem. The tick is a simple means of verifying sustainability credentials have been met for the product and the processes employed in its manufacture, or to verify the product has a particular sustainability function within water management.

Speaking about our stand and the reason we were chosen as winners UK-GBC said: “The defining feature of this entry was how well considered it was. Unique to the Sustainable Stand Awards, they reported on and gave metrics of how they have improved the sustainability credentials on their stand from last year. They also used zero paper on their stand, instead simply directing people to their website for information.”

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With this win, it looks like our aim to improve our sustainability credentials within the small to medium-sized business sector is working! We value sustainability and for over 50 years our innovative sustainable solutions have protected environments and maximized performance across industries.

What a great win and what a great sense of achievement.

ACO enters sustainable “green stand” competition

Ecobuild is a highlight in our events calendar each year, but this year is of special importance because ACO have entered the UK Green Building Council Sustainable Stand Awards.
Our aim is to dramatically improve our sustainability credentials within the small and medium business sector.

Sustainability is engrained in our business culture and we are encouraging our employees to contribute to an equitable and ecologically sustainable business.
Looking forward to the awards tonight. Fingers crossed!

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