Plumbing and drainage both have a number of important regulations to adhere to, without which, major problems can be caused for the projects they are integrated into.
Minimum outlet size requirement is an important element of plumbing regulations as a drain with too small an outlet for wastewater will not be compliant. Load prescriptions are another vital aspect in construction standards related to drainage. For example, a drain with a pedestrian load classification could not be used for a project where the drain will be put under vehicle access – which varies from light to large vehicles. In such cases, even if the product itself is conforming, used in the wrong application, it will be deemed non-compliant and has the potential to jeopardise the entire project. Drainage systems should not only be able to withstand frequently occurring actions, but also a number of extreme, but expected, events.
Access and mobility is also integral to the success of drainage systems. The Australian Standard Design for access and mobility provides building professionals with the minimum design requirements for new building work, to enable access for people with disabilities. In terms of drainage, this addresses a number of elements such as slip resistance. Systems can be designed to make areas completely accessible. For example, a threshold drain will assist in achieving compliance by ensuring there is no step-down, creating a hidden water barrier between interior and exterior living areas.
Stormtech drains are fully compliant with a number of building codes, in particular, Plumbing Code AS3500. With 25 years experience in architectural drainage, Stormtech has all its products certified by Greentag and Level 2 Watermark to help with GreenStar credits. The Australian, family-owned business works closely with regulators, legislators, end users, trades and distributors to develop problem-solving products. Their experienced team welcomes any questions about product selection and compliance.