CIRIA SuDS Manual is Significantly Updated

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The SuDS Manual, the key guidance for all those involved in designing, building and operating Sustainable Drainage Systems has been significantly updated to provide a comprehensive reference document, reflecting current thinking and drive future delivery of multi-functional SuDS.

Launched at a successful event at the House of Commons on 12 November, CIRIA (753) The SuDS Manual is “the most comprehensive industry SuDS guidance available in the UK” according to CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association), a “one-stop-shop for delivering SuDS”, focusing on the cost-effective planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance.

CIRIA 753 replaces the first SuDS Manual published in 2007 to incorporate the latest research, industry practice and guidance and reflect new regulation and the Governments non statutory technical standards.  “The revised SuDS Manual complements these but goes further to support the cost effective delivery of multiple benefits.” says the CIRIA announcement :

“SuDS recognise the value of rainwater, seeking to capture, use, delay or absorb it, rather than reject it as a nuisance or problem. Sustainable drainage delivers multiple benefits. As well as delivering high quality drainage whilst supporting areas to cope better with severe rainfall, SuDS can also improve the quality of life in developments and urban spaces by making them more vibrant, visually attractive, sustainable and resilient to change by improving urban air quality, regulating building temperatures, reducing noise and delivering recreation and education opportunities.”

Hydro International was among industry supporters who provided collaborative funding for the project.  Hydro’s Stormwater Technical Manager Mark Goodger was also a member of the Project Steering Group and contributed to the development of the updated document.  Read his blog about The SuDS Manual update.

The SuDS Manual will be free to download and can be viewed on the CIRIA website.



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