Have you ever wondered where the rainwater go? And how is urban development and infrastructure affecting to its natural balance?
In a natural environment water is filtered in the soil, evaporated on surface or slowly driven by streams and tributaries to rivers, lakes or sea. The water in this cycle is clean and safe life.
However, the great urban development has led to a sharp change in this natural pattern, since water does not infiltrate into waterproof or barely permeable surfaces but it is directed at high speed, dragging contaminants in its path and accumulates rapidly in low heights prone to floods causing damage.
From Sifónika ®, as a company aware of this issue, we take an active role in spreading the use of SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) and for this we have created a new section on our website with explanations and products oriented to provide optimal solutions to this problem. Both Q-BIC and AquaCell are lightweight modular structures for storage or infiltration of runoff (covered or on surface) in sustainable projects.
The sustainable systems are not included in the Spanish legislation as this was developed keeping in mind the traditional sanitation systems. However, it is important to know that there are recommendations of specification at European and state level (plus some contribution at regional level in Galicia and the Basque Country), with the international trend clearly forward in this sense of commitment to sustainability and water efficiency .
Recently the Royal Decree 233/2013 and 400/2013 by which the subsidies for these actions are encouraged and they warm about their need of use to avoid watershed imbalance due to urbanisation and infrastructure development.
It is also important the effect of such practices in obtaining a better mark in building certifications type BREEAM or LEED.
In December 2013, Sifonika ® was elected finalist at the NAN Architecture Awards held in Barcelona, because of our range of innovative products in the field. Their use as a continuation of our desk siphonic drainage is an innovation that is beginning to gain strength and use.
We are here to help you with everything that you need in this field!