Tip of the iceberg #6: What about HDPE pipes made of recycled HDPE?

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In September 2020, the BPDA published a new report which demonstrated why the carbon footprint of concrete pipeline products is significantly lower than HDPE alternatives. However, that study did not look at HDPE pipes made of recycled HDPE. In this very lengthy blog, we raise questions about the likely carbon footprint of pipes made of… Read more »

Tip of the iceberg #5: The importance of the “functional equivalence” concept in Whole-life carbon assessments

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In September 2020, the BPDA published a new report which demonstrated why the carbon footprint of concrete pipeline products is significantly lower than HDPE alternatives. In this blog, we explain the importance of functional equivalence and why a carbon assessment of drainage pipelines should include the pipe and its surrounding bedding, not only the pipe.   What is… Read more »

Tip of the iceberg #4: The carbon emissions associated with End- of-Life and the decommissioning of pipeline systems

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In September 2020, the BPDA published a new report which demonstrated why the carbon footprint of concrete pipeline products is significantly lower than HDPE alternatives. In this blog, we explore how the End-of-Life and decommissioning stage (also known as Module C) can make a significant impact and why any infrastructure asset assessment will need to look at that stage… Read more »

Tip of the iceberg #3: Why Design Life (ESL/ RSL) is a big issue in Life Cycle Assessment and carbon footprinting?

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In September 2020, the BPDA published a new report which demonstrates why the carbon footprint of concrete pipeline products is significantly lower than HDPE alternatives. In this blog, we explain why the service life of construction products is such an important element in carbon footprint assessments and comparison studies. We also demonstrate how it has… Read more »

Tip of the iceberg #2: The impact of sourcing and origins of pipeline and drainage products’ raw materials?

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In September 2020, the BPDA published a new report which demonstrates why the carbon footprint of concrete pipeline products is significantly lower than HDPE alternatives. In this blog, we explore one of the main findings of this report: The impact of HDPE resin origins. We explain why it is important to get the supply chain… Read more »

Tip of the iceberg #1: Study reveals a plastic pipe carbon footprint significantly higher than originally thought

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In 2018, the British Precast Drainage Association (BPDA) sought the services of Circular Ecology, the consultancy behind the ICE carbon footprinting database, to help them quantify the true whole-life carbon emissions associated with concrete and plastic pipeline systems. What Circular Ecology came up with (see report here) did not only help BPDA plans to improve… Read more »

Lincoln Housing Development Benefits from Box Culverts

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When a housing development in Lincoln was set to create 374 homes, a question was presented as to what drainage solution to use. BPDA member Forterra came to the rescue by supplying around 600 precast box culverts to the development. Forterra, who worked together with the main contractor, Daniel Charles Construction, designed the drainage system… Read more »

Why take extra risks with flexible pipes?

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A very interesting article in Water Active March 2014 edition “Identifying and Minimising Premature Pipeline Failure” by nodigmedia.co.uk The article makes a very strong and logical case for the use of laser profiling to determine the installed condition of flexible pipes, specifically ovalisation and degree of “out of shape” of the pipeline. The article explains… Read more »