CIRIA guidance

CIRIA has produced a number of guidance documents covering a range of opportunities and challenges related to general water management, all the way through to specific SuDS components. The more notable publications are CIRIA C753 The SuDS Manual and CIRIA C713 Retrofitting for surface water management. The majority of publications are below, some are free to download.

 

SuDS

Surface water management

General water management

Green infrastructure

SuDS components

  

Sustainable drainage

 

The SuDS Manual (C753) (FREE)

2015. This comprehensive guidance provides best practice guidance on the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of SuDS.

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BeST (Benefits of SuDS Tool) (FREE)
2015. Tool and guidance to assist with the assessment of SuDS benefits.
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Going with the flow - SuDS infographic

2015. The ‘Going with the flow’ infographic details some of the key objectives and outcomes from a sustainable drainage approach.

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Demonstrating the multiple benefits of SuDS - A busines case - Literature review (FREE)

2013. This is the background literature review for CIRIA Research Project RP993.

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Planning for SuDS – making it happen (C687) (FREE)

2010. The guidance provides an easy to use reference for those not overly familiar with SuDS, the planning and development process or a mixture of both.

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Site handbook for the construction of SUDS (C698) (FREE)

2007. This handbook provides guidance on the construction of SuDS to facilitate their effective delivery.

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Sustainable Drainage Systems - Hydraulic, structural and water quality advice 

2004. This technical report summarises current knowledge on the best approaches to design and construction of sustainable drainage systems.

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Surface water management

 

Managing urban flooding from heavy rainfall - encouraging the uptake of designing for exceedance - Recommendations and summary (C738a) (FREE)

2014. This report summarises key findings from CIRIA project RP991 to support the delivery of drainage exceedance and refers to examples of good practice obtained from case studies, literature review and consultation with industry.

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Managing urban flooding from heavy rainfall - encouraging the uptake of designing for exceedance - Lessons and success factors (C738b) (FREE)

2014. This report summarises key learning points and success factors obtained from case studies, literature review and consultation with industry.

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Managing urban flooding from heavy rainfall - encouraging the uptake of designing for exceedance - Case studies (C738c) (FREE)

2014. This report collates 12 case studies demonstrating the delivery of drainage exceedance. Individual case studies can be found here

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Managing urban flooding from heavy rainfall - encouraging the uptake of designing for exceedance - Literature review (FREE)

2014. This is the background literature review fo the project.

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Retrofitting to manage surface water (C713) (FREE)

2012. This guidance sets out a process to achieve the retrofitting of surface water management measures. It integrates the principles of urban design with surface water management.

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Designing for exceedance in urban drainage: Good practice (C635) (FREE)

2006. This guidance provides best practice advice for the design and management of drainage systems to accommodate extreme rainfall events and manage drainage exceedance.

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Drainage of development sites - a guide (X108) (FREE)

2004. The guide assists those involved with foul and surface water drainage of development sites.

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Model agreements for sustainable drainage systems (C625)

2004. This guide provides advice on the use and development of model operation and maintenance agreements for sustainable drainage systems.

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Control of pollution from highway drainage discharge (R142)

1994. This report reviews the potential pollutants present in highway drainage discharges, and assesses the impact on receiving waters.

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General water management

 

Communication and engagement in local flood risk management (C751) (FREE)
This guide is useful to identify, engage and work with people likely to be affected by flooding, or integral to its future management.
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Communication and engagement techniques in local flood risk management, companion guide (C752) (FREE)
This is a companion guide to Communication and engagement in local flood risk management (C751) and provides more details on the techniquies and their use.
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Creating water sensitive places – scoping the potential for Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK (C724) (FREE)

2013. This scoping study provides detail about Water Sensitive Urban Design and its potential role in the UK. It is complemented by C723.

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Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK - ideas for built environment practitioners (C723) (FREE)

2013. This ideas booklet explains Water Sensitive Urban Design and its potential role in the UK.

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Guidance on water cycle management for new developments (WaND) (C690)

2010.This guidance provides advice on achieving  improved sustainable water cycle management in new developments.

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Sustainable water management in schools (W012) (FREE)

2006. Provides best practice on incorporating sustainable water management into school design and sets out the business case for doing so.

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Green infrastructure

 

The benefits of large species trees in urban landscapes: a costing, design and management guide (C712)

2012. This guide highlights the importance of large species trees, including the retention and enhancement of existing trees for new and existing developments.

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Delivering biodiversity benefits through green infrastructure (C711)

2011. This guide provides advice about maximising the benefits of green infrastructure for the construction industry.

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SuDS components

 

Structural designs of modular geocellular drainage tanks (C680)

2008. This guidance discusses the different types of geocellular drainage units and differences in their structural performance.

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Building Greener (C644)

2007. This guidance provides advice on the design, construction and operation of green roofs and green walls.

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Source control using constructed pervious surfaces. Hydraulic, structural and water quality performance issues (C582)

2002. This guidance discusses issues that should be considered when designing and constructing pervious surfaces.

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Review of the design and management of constructed wetlands (R180)

1997. This report details the benefits and limitations of constructed wetlands to treat wastewater, and urban and highway runoff.

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Infiltration drainage – manual of good practice (R156)

1996. This guidance provides advice on the planning, funding, design, construction or maintenance of infiltration systems.

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Design of flood storage reservoirs (B14)

1993. This guidance is intended primarily to assist with the detailed design of flood storage reservoirs for flood control.

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