AIBS 2007, Beecham, S. et al ‘Rainwater harvesting options for commercial buildings
using siphonic roof drainage systems- lessons for Building Surveyors’
Rainwater harvesting options for commercial buildings usingsiphonic roof drainage systems----Lessons for Building Surveyors
, Simon Beecham
and George Zillante
School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia(terry.lucke@.unisa.edu.au)
Water conservation is an integral part of sustainable building practice and WaterSensitive Urban Design (WSUD). New building design priorities have beenestablished in Australia that focus on reducing the consumption of both energy andwater. The stormwater runoff from commercial buildings is one area in which muchpotential for improvement has been identified. Gone are the days where the onlyconcern with roof runoff was to ensure its rapid removal from the site. The need toharvest this precious resource has been recognised and new technologies are emergingto resolve this issue. Siphonic roof drainage is a relatively new building servicestechnology which has many benefits over conventional drainage systems. Buildingdesigners and architects are specifying siphonic roof drainage systems on anincreasing number of commercial and industrial buildings. For example, SydneyOlympic Stadium, the Norman Foster designed Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kongand the new International Terminal Buildings at Adelaide and Sydney airports allhave siphonic roof systems. The benefits of these systems include, ability to quicklydrain high intensity rainfall events, substantial cost reductions, virtual elimination of underground pipework and the opportunities for significant stormwater reuse options.This paper aims to provide an overview of the many benefits that are being realised byplanners, building designers, engineers, architects, surveyors, contractors and ownersby specifying a siphonic roof drainage system. Furthermore, it will examine the waterconservation and reuse options that are possible with siphonic drainage and comparethese to conventional roof and property drainage systems.
Siphonic roof drainage, stormwater harvesting, water reuse, building services design