9. Integrated Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

  1. Kemi Adeyeye
  1. Stephen J. Coupe,
  2. Amal S. Faraj,
  3. Ernest O. Nnadi and
  4. Susanne M. Charlesworth

Published Online: 27 DEC 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118456613.ch9

Water Efficiency in Buildings: Theory and Practice

Water Efficiency in Buildings: Theory and Practice

How to Cite

Coupe, S. J., Faraj, A. S., Nnadi, E. O. and Charlesworth, S. M. (2013) Integrated Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, in Water Efficiency in Buildings: Theory and Practice (ed K. Adeyeye), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118456613.ch9

Editor Information

  1. School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, UK

Author Information

  1. Coventry University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 DEC 2013
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118456576

Online ISBN: 9781118456613



  • ground source heating;
  • permeable paving;
  • rainwater harvesting;
  • storm water;
  • SuDs


Permeable paving provides sustainable drainage solutions for building developments. The infiltration of rainwater at the pavement surface prevents flooding and deals with ten times greater intensity of rainfall than traditional pipe and gully drainage systems. The cleaning of storm water flowing through permeable pavements is also known to be very efficient, with deposition of hydrocarbons and urban metals in the filtration media located within the pavement. Permeable paving is now an accepted tool in the SuDs portfolio, particularly for urban locations.

Newly discovered benefits of permeable paving include the use of the void storage beneath the permeable surface for rainwater harvesting and the placing of ground source heating coils within the pavement sub-base for sustainable heating using renewable ground heat. This chapter presents case examples of where this approach was utilised to effectively heat and cool domestic and commercial premises in the UK. Firstly, a novel house at BRE Watford Innovation Park, with combined ground source, rainwater harvesting and drainage infrastructure based around permeable paving, and monitored for three years. Secondly, a 6500-m2 office development in Stewartby, UK; an installation of a combined SuDs/heating/recycled water system also based on permeable paving. The chapter concludes by discussing the potential of the combined systems which incorporate multiple infrastructural solutions within one technology, to reduce costs, meet environmental targets and simplify the planning process.