Cost effective bedding design

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The pressure to deliver a cost effective drainage installation with minimum environmental impact has never been greater, but despite this, some pipelines are still fully surrounded in expensive imported granular bedding when a more considered approach to the design and selection of the pipe material could result in the use of a less costly, lower… Read more »

FIVE FACTS THAT MAKE PAS 2080 DIFFERENT

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The practice of carbon accounting for pipeline products and sewerage construction projects is not new, but PAS 2080 introduces something new. In this blog we identify how five carbon accounting principles in PAS 2080 will change the sector’s understanding of embodied carbon. Many water companies, highway authorities, other drainage infrastructure asset owners and supply chain… Read more »

A LOW CARBON ‘GAME CHANGER’ FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

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Published by the Treasury in late 2013 the Infrastructure Carbon Review documented the prospect of infrastructure value chain participants to collaborate in the expansion of low carbon infrastructure developments. PAS 2080:2016 Carbon management in infrastructure was commissioned to facilitate this into reality. Mott McDonald and Arup developed the standards with support from the Green Construction Board… Read more »

What is in the SuDS toolbox?

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In 2015 the planning regulations in England and Wales were amended to ‘expect’ Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) to be included in all new housing developments of 10 or more homes. SuDS is about dealing with rain where it falls, this is in contrast to conventional drainage solutions which carry run-off from a development to… Read more »

SuDS! Latest Issue of ‘Pipelines’ online now

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The latest issue of Pipelines, CPSAs eNewsletter focuses on sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). It contains an excellent case study at Susdrain.org where a residential development in Leicestershire used a combination of soft landscaped SuDS features and precast concrete SuDS components. Also featured is information on latest SuDS technical guidance and standards in England and Wales… Read more »

How to make your product’s carbon footprint look good

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Will there ever be an end to the relentless series of claims by product manufacturers that their product has superior carbon footprint credentials compared with competitors’, only to be followed by those same competitors claiming superiority based on yet another set of studies? And how do specifiers decide who to believe? By way of an… Read more »

The Impact of Totex on SuDS

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Peter Martin, Technical Director at Black & Veatch recently produced a blog on the Susdrain website  ‘How might SuDS look in the water industry’s (brave) new world’.  I would like to pick up on Peter’s point 3 on Totex in his blog. Peter has stated how water company costs are now measured on a total… Read more »

Some pros and cons of the Government’s new SuDS legislation

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In November I wrote about industry concerns with the Government’s proposed approach to implementing sustainable drainage systems. In December the Government took the path of least resistance and announced that sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) are to be introduced to England and Wales through existing planning policy. In the long-awaited announcement, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles explained… Read more »

New SuDS consultation – for better or worse?

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On 12 September 2014, Defra and DCLG launched a joint consultation document, which set out a possible approach for implementing sustainable drainage systems and mechanisms for ensuring their long term maintenance. There are some important differences between the proposed new approach and the previous direction that the industry was heading. The proposed new approach may… Read more »