Reviews of latest government measures for implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
The latest SuDS measures offer new opportunities for designers to take the lead in developing multi-functional SuDS as an integral part of good urban design, signalling a move away from dedicated drainage legislation towards a planning approach to implementation of SuDS.
A wider understanding of SuDS is now important, so that drainage engineering can become a supporting function, rather than an end in itself.
Interpave’s guide is essential reading for all those involved with the development process, including:
The Interpave Guide explores the latest thinking on SuDS as a fundamental part of urban design and initiatives to deliver them now.
There is also a focus on concrete block permeable paving as a key tool in urban design, with SuDS as a water collection and source control technique.
But its real strength is an ability to remove water-borne pollution offering the important _ and often missed – opportunity of a gradual supply of treated water that can be exploited for innovative urban design, harvesting and ecology.
As the RIBA’s 2014 report ‘Building a Better Britain’ points out: ñFor too long, we have been designing water out of our towns and cities when we should have been designing it in.î
SuDS with permeable paving offer imaginative designers fresh opportunities to achieve this aim, rather than just technical problems to be solved.
‘SuDS Permeable Paving Today’ is free to download plus links to latest developments in SuDS, technical guidelines and various case studies are also available.
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