CIRIA guide offers up advice on water-sensitive urban design

Research group CIRIA has launched Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK to promote good practice such as sustainable drainage and attenuation ponds.

The booklet identifies ways of integrating good practice into projects. Water-sensitive urban design is the process of integrating water-cycle management with the built environment through planning and urban design, the document explains.

"It's a journey no one organisation can take on its own," said project steering group chair Professor Richard Ashley. "It will require collaboration of groups, disciplines and people to deliver a radical change in how water is perceived and managed."

Sections look at benefits, housing, neighbourhoods and cities, and include a water-sensitive block of flats with green roof, community vegetable garden, adaptable landscapes to take flooding and grey-water recycling.

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