WAVIN

Wavin Limted
Edlington Lane
Doncaster
SOUTH YORKSHIRE DN12 1BY

Tel: 01709 856300
Fax: 01709 856301

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Suppliers of: Drainage pipes Rainwater pipes Soil Vent Systems Waste Pipes Fittings Waste Fittings Waste Outlet Gully Pipe Bracket Soil Pipes Fittings WC Pan Connector Rainwater System Waste Valve Pan Connectors Flexible Waste Pipes

Wavin UK is a member of the Wavin Group - the world leader in plastic pipe systems for residential, non-residential and civil engineering projects. Systems offered, include market leading Osma above and below ground drainage and Hep2O hot and cold plumbing and underfloor heating, as well as a wide range of Wavin drainage and stormwater management solutions for all application areas.

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Our extensive range of products solutions include:

Potable Water

Wavin cares about the quality of drinking water: it’s the most precious of all natural resources. Our extensive range of pipe systems sets the highest standards for safety and hygiene.

  • Plumbing systems: Whether you are looking at a single apartment or a large building complex, you need to transport drinking water safely from the mains to the tap. Wavin has the right systems for every building type.

  • Mains supply: Water mains are the backbone for distribution of drinking water from provider to consumer. Wavin offers safe and reliable PE systems for different operating conditions and installation methods including trenchless technologies.

Rainwater

Climate change brings intense rainfall. This means increased threat of urban flooding. Manage excess rainwater effectively and you boost sustainability. You reduce the risk of damage to buildings and infrastructure and threats to public health too.

  • Surface drainage: Wavin offers rainwater management solutions for car parks and roads.

  • Roof drainage: Wavin offers rainwater management solutions for large commercial buildings, car parks and roads.

  • Clean: Increasingly, regulation requires you to remove pollutants from collected rainwater before discharge. Pollutants include oil, sand and silt and heavy metals. Wavin can give you both the expert advice and the solutions you need to meet all compliance obligations.

  • Attenuate & infiltrate: Handle peaks in rainfall and you minimize the risk of flood damage. Our attenuation solutions give you maximum control over rainwater discharge. Infiltration slowly discharges into the surrounding soil.

Waste water

When you discharge waste water from domestic, civic and commercial buildings, you need robust, reliable and sustainable systems. Plastic pipe systems are proven solutions for soil and waste discharge.

  • Soil & waste: Wavin offers you a comprehensive choice of systems and products for managing waste water. Choose the system and the materials that best suit your specific project requirements.

  • Low-noise drainage: People want the plumbing in their buildings to be silent. In many cases, acceptable noise levels are now specified by local legislation. Wavin offers you a complete and well-established range of low noise systems.

  • Waterless traps: Wavin offers a comprehensive range of siphons, traps and connectors for sinks, showers, baths and WCs.

Foul water

Transporting waste water from domestic, commercial and industrial buildings to treatment plants demands reliable and durable systems.

  • Gravity Sewer: Gravity feed is the most common way to transport sewage. Wavin offers you a complete range of PVC and PP pipes, smooth and structured wall pipes and associated fittings with secure push-fit joints for gravity-fed sewage transport.

  • Inspection chambers: To ensure a long life and high performance, you must be able to inspect and maintain your sewage transport systems. Wavin offers a wide range of manholes and inspection chambers for safe and easy access.

Heating & cooling

Whether you are at work or at home, you expect a comfortable and easily controlled indoor climate. But that’s not all. You care about sustainability too, and of course, want to minimize your spending on energy.

  • Plumbing systems: Whether you are using radiators or surface heating and cooling, your system requires a reliable backbone. Wavin pipe systems give connection with confidence – whatever your heating and cooling choice.

  • Underfloor heating Hep2O: We have underfloor heating solutions for new-build or renovation projects, with any floor construction or type of heat source, backed up by our complete project design service.

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ACOUSTIC DRAINAGE PIPES Silent Drainage Low Noise Waste Pipes and Fittings
ANTI-FLOOD VALVES BS EN 13564
ANTI-FLOOD VALVES Building Regs Part H1 Sections 2.8-2.12
ANTI-FLOOD VALVES Sewage Backflow Prevention
CHANNEL GRATINGS Boltless Locking Systems
CHANNEL GRATINGS Cast Iron
CHANNEL GRATINGS Chequerplate
CHANNEL GRATINGS Composite Plastic
CHANNEL GRATINGS Ductile Iron
CHANNEL GRATINGS Galvanised Steel
CHANNEL GRATINGS Pedestrian
CHANNEL GRATINGS Security Locking
CHANNEL GRATINGS Stainless Steel
CHANNELS Polymer Concrete
CHANNELS Slotted
COMPRESSION FITTINGS Multilayer Plumbing Systems
COMPRESSION FITTINGS WRAS Approved
DOWNPIPES . See Also RAINWATER PIPES:
DRAINAGE Inspection Chambers
DRAINAGE Rainwater
DRAINAGE Road Drainage
DRAINAGE Roof Drainage
DRAINAGE Syphonic Roof Drainage
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Block Paving
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Car Parks / Parking Areas
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Cast Iron Tops Ductile Iron Gratings
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Design Software
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Domestic Applications
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Driveways
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Flat Roofs
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Heavy Duty
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Heelguard Tops
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Industrial Applications
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Lightweight: Loading Classes A-E DIN 19580 EN1433
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Modular Systems
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Multistorey Car Parks
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Paved Areas
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Pedestrian Areas
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Pedestrian Areas Cycle Ways
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Petrol Station
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Polyester Concrete
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Polymer Concrete
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Restricted Depth Installations
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Road
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Shallow
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Slot Systems
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Slot Systems High Capacity
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Slot Systems Precast Concrete
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Threshold Drains
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Threshold Drains Level Access
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Threshold Drains Part M Compliant
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Threshold Drains PVC-u
DRAINAGE CHANNELS Traffic
DRAINAGE SUDS See Also SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEMS (SUDS)
FLOOR GULLIES Shower
HEATING FITTINGS .
HEATING FITTINGS Flexible Pipe
HEATING FITTINGS Flexible Pipe Push-Fit
HEATING FITTINGS Push-Fit Press-Fit
INSPECTION CHAMBERS BS EN 13598-1-2010
INSPECTION CHAMBERS BS EN 13598-1-2010 Kitemarked
INSPECTION CHAMBERS BS EN 13598-2-2009 Kitemarked
INSPECTION CHAMBERS Non-Man Entry
INTERCEPTOR TANKS .
LAND DRAINAGE PIPES AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
LAND DRAINAGE PIPES Agricultural
LAND DRAINAGE PIPES BS 4962 Kitemark
LAND DRAINAGE PIPES Plastic PVC-u Coil Perforated BS 4962:1989
LAND DRAINAGE PIPES PVC Coiled Pipe
MANHOLE COVERS Temporary
OIL SEPARATORS BS EN 858-1-2
OIL SEPARATORS Bypass Separators
OIL SEPARATORS Environment Agency PPG3 Guidelines Compliant
OIL SEPARATORS Petrol Filling Stations Garage Forecourt
OIL SEPARATORS Separation Chambers BS EN 858-1 Class 1
OIL SEPARATORS Separation Chambers Environment Agency PPG3 Guidelines Compliant
OIL SEPARATORS Separation Chambers Full Retention/Bypass Combined
OIL SEPARATORS Washdown and Silt Separators
PERMEABLE PAVING Plastic Pervious Paving
PERMEABLE PAVING Sub-Base Attenuation Units
PERMEABLE PAVING SUDS
PIPE CUTTERS
PIPE FITTINGS Flexible Pipe Push-Fit
PIPE FITTINGS Plastic
PIPE FITTINGS Push-Fit
PIPE FITTINGS Push-Fit Drainage Pipes
PIPES Cold Water Potable BS EN 12201-2 Kitemarked
PIPES Cold Water Potable Composite Multilayered PE/AL Barrier Pipe
PIPES Cold Water Potable PE Polyethylene DVGW Approved
PIPES Cold Water Potable PE Polyethylene KIWA Approved
PIPES Cold Water Potable PE Polyethylene WIS 4-32-19 Kitemarked
PIPES Cold Water Potable PE Polyethylene WRc Approved
PIPES Cold Water Potable Water Supply Pressure Pipes
PIPES Composite PEXc/AL Press-Fit Pipe Systems
PIPES Flexible
PIPES Flexible Barrier Pipe Composite Mulitilayered PEXc/AL
PIPES Flexible Barrier Pipe PE Polyethylene Pipe
PIPES Flexible Barrier Pipe PE/AL Polyethylene / Aluminium
PIPES Flexible Barrier Pipe PE/AL WIS 4-32-19 Kitemarked
PIPES Flexible Barroer Pipes Composite Mulitilayered PE/AL
PIPES Flexible DVGW Approved
PIPES Flexible Hot and Cold Water
PIPES Flexible Hot and Cold Water DVGW Approved
PIPES Flexible Hot and Cold Water KIWA Approved
PIPES Flexible Hot and Cold Water PE-X Aluminium Composite
PIPES Flexible Hot and Cold Water WRAS Listed
PIPES Flexible KIWA Approved
PIPES Flexible Push-Fit Press-Fit Systems
PIPES Flexible WRAS Approved
PIPES Flexible WRc Approved
PIPES Hot and Cold Water Composite Mulitilayered PEXc/AL
PIPES Hot and Cold Water PE-X Aluminium Composite
PIPES Hot and Cold Water Pressure Supply Potable Water Supply Pipes
PIPES MDPE
PIPES MDPE BS EN 12201-2:2003 Kitemarked
PIPES MDPE Potable Water Pressure Pipe Systems
PIPES Multilayered (ML)
PIPES Multilayered (ML) PE/AL Barrier Pipe
PIPES Multilayered (ML) PE/AL Barrier Pipe Polyethylene / Aluminium
PIPES Multilayered (ML) PE/AL Barrier Pipe WIS 4-32-19 Kitemarked
PIPES Multilayered (ML) PEXc/AL
PIPES Multilayered (ML) Press-Fit Composite Pipe Systems
PIPES Multilayered (ML) Press-Fit Composite Pipe Systems DVGW Approved
PIPES Multilayered (ML) Press-Fit Composite Pipe Systems KIWA Approved
PIPES Multilayered (ML) Press-Fit Composite Pipe Systems WRAS Approved
PIPES Polyethylene PE
PIPES Pre-Insulated
PIPES Pre-Insulated Flexible
PIPES Pre-Insulated PEXc/AL
PIPES Pre-Insulated Pipework
PLUMBING FITTINGS Flexible Pipe
PLUMBING FITTINGS Flexible Pipe BS 7291 Parts 1 and 2 Kitemarked
PLUMBING FITTINGS Flexible Pipe Push-Fit
PLUMBING FITTINGS Multilayer Fittings Multilayer Tube
PLUMBING FITTINGS Multilayer Fittings Press-Fit Push-Fit
PLUMBING FITTINGS Push-Fit Press-Fit Push-In
PLUMBING FITTINGS WRAS Approved
PRESS-FIT PUSH-FIT PUSH-IN PIPE FITTINGS DVGW Approved
PRESS-FIT PUSH-FIT PUSH-IN PIPE FITTINGS KIWA Approved
PRESS-FIT PUSH-FIT PUSH-IN PIPE FITTINGS PE-X Aluminium Composite Pipes
PRESS-FIT PUSH-FIT PUSH-IN PIPE FITTINGS WRAS Approved Listed
RAINWATER HARVESTING Filters Filtration Systems
RAINWATER HARVESTING Pumping Units
RAINWATER HARVESTING Systems
RAINWATER HARVESTING Systems Commercial
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Commercial
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Crates
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Crates AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Domestic
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Flow Control Devices
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Industrial
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Modular Geocells
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Attenuation Systems Modular Geocells AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Commercial
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Domestic
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Pumped Systems
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS SUDS Best Practice
RAINWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Syphonic Systems
RAINWATER PIPES Syphonic Drainage Systems
RAINWATER STORAGE TANKS Domestic
ROOF DRAINAGE Syphonic
ROOF DRAINS See Also ROOF OUTLETS: Rainwater:
ROOF OUTLETS Rainwater
ROOF OUTLETS Rainwater Flat Roof Syphonic
ROOF OUTLETS Rainwater Syphonic Drainage Systems
SEDIMENT Silt Interceptors
SEPARATOR TANKS Fuel Oil
SEPARATORS Alarmed
SEPARATORS Bypass BS EN 858-1 and 2:2002
SEPARATORS Bypass Class I
SEPARATORS Environment Agency PPG3 Guidelines Compliant
SEPARATORS Full Retention Class I
SEPARATORS Full Retention Forecourt
SEPARATORS Sediment Silt
SEWAGE Backflow Stops
SEWAGE PIPES Backflow Valves
SOAKAWAYS Attenuation
SOAKAWAYS Modular
SOAKAWAYS Modular Geocellular Systems
SOAKAWAYS Segmental
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Acoustic Sound Insulated ,
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Acoustic Sound Insulated DIN 4109
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Acoustic Sound Insulated EN 14366
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Acoustic Sound Insulated IBP Test Certificate (Fraunhofer Institute)
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Acoustic Sound Insulated LABC Type Approval BS EN 1451
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Acoustic Sound Insulated Mineral Reinforced Polypropylene
SOIL PIPES AND FITTINGS Acoustic Sound Insulated Mineral Reinforced Polypropylene BS EN 12056
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Acoustic Sound Insulated Sound Absorbing Low Noise
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Adjustable Bends AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Air Admittance Valves
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Air Admittance Valves AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Boss Connectors Pushfit and Solvent Waste Pipes
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Commercial and Industrial Applications
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Couplings
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Fire Protection
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS HDPE
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS HDPE BS EN 1519:2000 Kitemarked
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS HDPE DIN 19535-10
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Manifolds
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Manifolds BS EN 12056-2:2000
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Push-Fit
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS PVC-u
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS PVC-u BS EN 1329-1 (BS 4514)
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS PVC-u BS EN 1453-1:2000
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS PVC-u Compact Soil Systems
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS PVC-u Recycled Content >50%
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS PVC-u Recycled Content >50% BS EN 1453 Kitemarked
SOIL PIPES and FITTINGS Vent Terminals
STORMWATER Attenuation
STORMWATER Attenuation Crates
STORMWATER Attenuation Crates AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
STORMWATER Attenuation Modular Geocells
STORMWATER Attenuation Modular Geocells AGREMENT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
STORMWATER Attenuation Tank Control Units
STORMWATER Attenuation Tanks
STORMWATER Balancing Systems
STORMWATER Drainage
STORMWATER Drainage SUDS Best Practice
STORMWATER Flow Controls
STORMWATER Flow Controls Flow Control Valves
STORMWATER Flow Controls Vortex Systems / Vortex Valves
STORMWATER Management Systems
STORMWATER Management Systems Domestic
STORMWATER Reinfiltration
STORMWATER Separation Chambers Oil Separators
STORMWATER Separation Chambers Sand Sludge Separation
STORMWATER Separation Chambers Unequal Flow Regulation
STORMWATER Sewage Systems Emergency Drain Down Valves
STORMWATER Storage
STORMWATER Storage Attenuation Systems
STORMWATER Storage Modular Geocellular Units Geocellular Tanks
STORMWATER Storage Soakaways
STORMWATER Storage Soakaways Modular Units
STORMWATER Storage Soakaways Modular Units Inspectability Requirements
STORMWATER Storage Soakaways Modular Units Traffic Loadings
STORMWATER Storage Tanks
STORMWATER Sustainable Storage Systems Below Ground SUDS
SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT .See Also RAINWATER MANAGEMENT and STORMWATER:
SUSTAINABLE DOMESTIC DRAINAGE Rainwater Soakaway Systems Residential Rainwater Management
SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEMS (SUDS) Infiltration Modules
SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEMS (SUDS) Rainwater Treatment Plants
SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEMS (SUDS) Soakaway Attenuation Units
TANK Connectors
TANKS Rainwater Collection
TANKS Stormwater
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE Inspection Chambers
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES HDPE Perforated
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES Highway Drainage:HDPE Twinwall
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES Highway Drainage:Polypropylene Perforated
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES Highway Drainage:Polypropylene Twinwall
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES Highway Drainage:Twinwall BBA HAPAS Certificate Holders
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES Land Drainage See Also LAND DRAINAGE PIPES:
UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE PIPES Perforated
W.C. Pan Connectors
W.C. Pan Connectors Bends
W.C. Pan Connectors Flexible
W.C. Pan Connectors Kitemarked
W.C. Pan Connectors Manifolds
WASHING MACHINE Traps
WASTE PIPES and FITTINGS Flexible
WASTE PIPES AND FITTINGS Flexible Push-Fit
WASTE PIPES and FITTINGS HDPE
WASTE PIPES AND FITTINGS HDPE DIN 19535-10
WATER FLOW CONTROLS .
WATER FLOW CONTROLS Stormwater Management
WATER FLOW CONTROLS Vortex Systems
WELDING Equipment Electro Fusion Units
WELDING Equipment Plumbers
AQUACELL Silt Traps
AQUACELL Stormwater Infiltration and Attenuation Units
AQUACELL CORE Stormwater Infiltration and Attenuation Units
AQUACELL ECO Stormwater Infiltration and Attenuation Units
AQUACELL NG Stormwater Infiltration and Attenuation Units
AQUACELL PLUS Stormwater Infiltration and Attenuation Units
AQUACELL PLUS-R Stormwater Infiltration and Attenuation Units
AQUACELL PRIME Stormwater Infiltration and Attenuation Units
AQUAGRID Plastic Pervious Paving
ASTOLAN Mineral Reinforced Polypropylene
CERTUS Soil & Waste Systems
GARASTOR Stormwater Management
HEP₂O Pushfit Plumbing and Heating Fittings
HEPᵥO Self Sealing Waste Valves
INTENSIO Oil Separation Systems
K1 TIGRIS Multilayer Pressfit Pipe System
POLYCALC Surface Drainage Design Software
POLYCHANNEL Polyester Concrete Drainage Channels
POLYCHANNEL PICCOLO Polyester Concrete Drainage Channels
POLYDYN Polymer Concrete
POLYHEEL Channel Gratings
POLYLEVER Grating Removal Tool
POLYLOCK Grating Lock
POLYSPECTRA Composite Gratings
Q-BIC PLUS Stormwater Management Systems
QUICKSTREAM Siphonic Roof Drainage
RED DOT Grating Fixing System
TIGRIS K1 Multilayer Pressfit Pipe Systems
TIGRIS M1 Press Fit Plumbing System
WAVIN AS Acoustic Soil Pipes
WAVIN AS✛ Acoustic Soil Pipes
WAVIN COMPACT PVCu Pipes and Fittings
WAVIN GARASTOR Stormwater Management
WAVIN TRIGON Potable Water System Barrier Pressure Pipe
WAVIN TWINWALL Surface Water Drainage
WAVINCOIL Land Drainage Pipes

Why Water Neutrality is Becoming Increasingly Important to Developers

May 2024

It is predicted that by 2050 we will have a 4 billion litre a day shortfall in water supply in the UK and in April 2023 the government published its plan to tackle this along with water pollution and storm overflows. With a growing demand for water and increasing periods of drought due to climate change, water neutrality for new developments will become key to climate resilience.

Cutting waste, improving water efficiency and investing in new water resource infrastructure will also play a part in nature recovery and carbon reduction helping to ensure a sustainable future. Whilst there is not yet any government legislation regarding water neutrality, it has already become a planning requirement in parts of Sussex and it seems likely that there will be legislation in the future.

Forward thinking developers can look to water efficiency, water reuse and water harvesting to add value to and future proof their developments whilst working towards water neutrality. In this article we take a look at what water neutrality is, its benefits, how it works in practice, current requirements and responsibilities and what the future could look like.
What is water neutrality?

Water neutrality is the term used to describe the concept of managing the demand for water in response to the accelerated rate of house growth associated with government targets for new homes and constraints on water availability particularly as a result of climate change. It is particularly relevant in the South East of England where water shortages are more common and weather predictions point to droughts becoming more frequent but as the climate continues to change it could become more relevant in areas throughout the UK

In the context of development, a definition of water neutrality was established by Therival et al in 2006, “For every new development, total water use in the region after the development must be equal to or less than total water use in the region before the new development” then in 2009 The Environment Agency changed this definition to include mention of offsetting. Their revised definition became: “For every new development, the predicted increase in total water demand in the region due to the development should be offset by reducing demand in the existing community”. However, some would class this definition as unhelpful as it reduces the focus on water efficiency as a priority.
What are the benefits of water neutrality?

There are a number of benefits of water neutrality to new homeowners, developers and communities. These include:

Saving water
Saving money
Saving carbon
Reducing environmental impact
Increased climate resilience
Reduction of water going into sewage system and therefore sewage outflows

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How does water neutrality work in practice?

In its 2021 review of water neutrality in the UK, The Environment Agency set out 3 steps to achieving water neutrality.

Reducing water use – this can be through a combinations of water efficient devices, smart monitoring and embedding a water saving culture
Reusing water – this can be achieved through a combination of rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling and blackwater recycling.
Offset water – finally where the water requirements for a new home can’t be covered using the above 2 methods, investment can be made in a scheme that saves water in the local region such as retrofitting existing buildings with water reuse systems and water efficiency devices.

Is water neutrality a requirement for developers?

Water neutrality is not yet an official policy in the UK, but the idea is getting increasing attention as a potential way to manage water. As part of their efforts to be more sustainable, some businesses and organisations in the UK have begun to use water neutrality strategies.

“Whilst there is not yet an official government policy regarding water neutrality, its seems likely that something will be required soon. Forward thinking developers could start to consider options not only to comply with potential future legislation but also with regards to their own corporate responsibility policies and the added value it could add for new home buyers which could include reduced water bills and added protection from future water shortages“. Martin Lambley, Wavin Urban Climate Resilience - Global Product Manager



In the Sussex North Resource Zone water neutraility has become a requirement of local planning policy. Natural England have stated that Local Planning Authorities must ensure that all new development which takes place are water neutral so as not to exacerbate any impacts of water extraction which might be occurring on the Arun Valley, an important area for wildlife due to a number of nationally and internationally important nature conservation sites. Planning applications will need to consult with the Local Planning Authority (LPA) and submit a Water Neutrality statement which demonstrates ‘water neutrality’.
Who is responsible for water neutrality?

A 2007 paper by the government stressed the need for action by a partnership of local community, local authority, local water companies, the environment agency and developers to deliver the water neutrality. It also highlighted how water companies cannot be seen as the default funders for water neutrality measures. The establishment of water neutrality in the planning system will be key to its effective delivery with local authorities playing a key role in regional strategies that can be refelected in the development of regional strategies and implementation as part of the Local Development Framework.

However, a consortium known as Houses for Homes consisting of Agents, Developers and Builders in the North Sussex Supply Zone in association with the National House Builders Federation are opposing the imposition of water neutrality in the area stating that Natural England has instituted this ban on planning approvals without consultation with the Developers and without the provision of an organisational system to make it work. They argue that Southern Water, the utility supplier is responsible for proving new properties with an adequate supply of water and to demonstrate to the Local Planning Authorities that they will not contribute further to the existing adverse effect.

“It is clear that government policy has yet to establish a clear and workable mechanism to allow water neutral developments to proceed. The need for new housing and a climate resilient water supply are both important and a clear policy is needed to balance these two key priorities. It seems likely that this is on the agenda for the future. For now, committing to deliver a water neutral development could still strengthen the case for development, particularly in areas where water availability is constrained or likely to be in the future.” Martin Lambley, Wavin Urban Climate Resilience - Global Product Manager

How can Wavin help?

Wavin’s urban climate resilience solutions are helping our built environments to withstand the challenges of climate change. Our forward-thinking solutions provide a holistic approach to managing stormwater, reducing urban heat, supporting nature and enhancing livability for sustainable and future-proof built environments.

Our in-house design capabilities can support end-clients, architects and developers to understand how our solutions can best be incorporated into a project and provide an insight into the solutions’ capabilities including:

Water balance onsite
How to strategically use that water
How much water is needed
When to evacuate the system
When to have more storage.
Contact Wavin @ info@wavin.co.uk

Transitioning from Gas Boilers to District Heating: A UK Green Approach?

May 2024

In the United Kingdom (UK), the transition from gas boilers to district heating systems is gaining traction as part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change.

Today in the next part of our weekly industry insight series Tony Croke, Product Manager for Indoor Climate Solutions in Wavin UK & Ireland, examines the feasibility and potential benefits of transitioning to district heating as a green approach to heating in the UK context.

Gas boilers are the predominant heating system in the UK, used for space heating and hot water production in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. While gas boilers are efficient and reliable, they rely on the combustion of natural gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to carbon emissions and air pollution. The CCC estimates that 18% of UK heat demand will need to be met by heat networks, also known as district heating, if the UK is to meet it’s 2050 climate targets. Currently they make up 2% of UK heat demand. They are particularly suited to areas where there are a lot of buildings with heating requirements in one area.

Benefits of Transitioning to District Heating:

Decarbonization: While currently the majority of the heat networks in the UK have natural gas boilers as their primary input, heat networks are flexible, and once the network is in the ground, inputs can be added and replaced. Heat networks with CHPs or heat pumps are particularly interesting because not only can they help UK heat consumption decarbonise, but they can also help National Grid balance the electricity system. Transitioning to district heating enables the decarbonization of the heating sector by reducing reliance on fossil fuels. District heating systems can utilize low-carbon or renewable energy sources such as biomass, geothermal, or waste heat, reducing carbon emissions and aligning with the UK's climate targets.

Energy Efficiency: District heating systems offer higher overall efficiency compared to individual gas boilers, particularly when combined with combined heat and power (CHP) or waste heat recovery technologies. Centralized heat generation and distribution minimize energy losses and optimize resource utilization, resulting in energy savings and reduced environmental impact.

Air Quality Improvement: By reducing reliance on dwelling combustion-based heating systems, transitioning to district heating can improve air quality by reducing emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter (PM), contributing to better public health and environmental sustainability.

Resource Optimization: District heating facilitates the integration of diverse heat sources and technologies, including renewables, waste heat recovery, and energy storage. By optimizing resource utilization and leveraging economies of scale, district heating systems enhance energy security and resilience while reducing waste and environmental impact.

Challenges and Considerations: Despite the environmental benefits, several challenges and considerations must be addressed in transitioning to district heating in the UK:

Infrastructure Investment: Implementing district heating infrastructure, including heat generation plants, distribution networks, and heat exchangers, requires significant upfront investment and coordination among stakeholders.

System Integration: Integrating district heating with existing buildings and heating systems may pose technical challenges and require modifications or upgrades to ensure compatibility and efficiency.

Fuel Source: The environmental benefits of district heating depend on the choice of fuel source for heat generation. While renewables and waste heat offer low-carbon options, district heating systems powered by fossil fuels or inefficient CHP plants may still contribute to emissions and environmental impact.

Regulatory Framework: Clear policies, regulations, and incentives are needed to support the transition to district heating and create a conducive environment for investment, innovation, and adoption.

Transitioning from gas boilers to district heating represents a green approach to heating in the UK, offering significant environmental benefits, including decarbonization, energy efficiency, and air quality improvement. By leveraging centralized heat generation and distribution, district heating systems enable the integration of renewable energy sources and facilitate the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon energy future. However, addressing challenges related to infrastructure investment, system integration, fuel source selection, and regulatory frameworks is essential to realizing the full potential of district heating as a green heating solution in the UK.

References:

UK Government. "Heat Networks Investment Project."

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). "Heat Networks: Building a Market Framework."

Committee on Climate Change (CCC). "Net Zero: The UK's Contribution to Stopping Global Warming."

At Wavin, our purpose is to build healthy sustainable environments. Our tailored indoor climate solutions feature our market leading systems and products including underfloor heating, heat interface units, MVHR and single controls (interfacing with all of these technologies). They provide the following benefits:

Improved energy efficiency
Low maintenance
More space and design freedom
Compatible with all floor types and coverings
Comfortable environments with even heat and less dust
Full zone control
Flexible solutions including installation and after-sales support
Design and system selection support
Wavin’s extensive experience in residential projects as the market leader in Europe

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