Recent and future advances in roof drainage design and performance

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    The past 10 years have witnessed significant changes in the way roof drainage systems are understood and designed. In particular, there has been a step-change in the confidence with which siphonic roof drainage systems may be specified and expected to perform. These changes have occurred whilst urban drainage design in general has been revolutionized by wider acceptance of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems and greater public concern regarding pluvial flooding within the context of climate change. This text considers, in detail, both how roof drainage systems are designed and how they should be expected to perform. Particular attention is drawn to weaknesses in accepted design methods. Consideration is also given to 'innovative' roof drainage related approaches such as green roofs and rainwater harvesting. Practical application: Over the past few years there have been many changes in how roof drainage systems are specified and designed. On large buildings, technologies such as 'siphonic roof drainage' are now commonplace and there is an ever increasing demand for 'green roofs' to be specified due to their potential to 'green' developments. Based on ongoing research, this paper details how these different types of roof drainage solutions can be efficiently designed and what levels of performance can be expected. © The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers 2005.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)337-348
    Number of pages12
    JournalBuilding Services Engineering Research and Technology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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