Many urban developments, and subdivisions, require stormwater flows from your block to be limited to a maximum flow rate. (See: ‘Onsite Stormwater Dention‘ for the reason why)
Although councils will require the calculations to be done by a qualified hydraulic engineer here is some explanation of the process so you can understand what is [read more...]
If you want to redevelop or subdivide an existing urban block, you might find that a planning condition is that you will need to provide On-site Stormwater Detention (OSD).
You may also find it is a condition on individual blocks on smaller subdivisions.
Why Is Onsite Stormwater Detention Needed?
Before development of towns and cities [read more...]
If you are going to build on an existing block you will probably have a planning permit condition that stormwater must discharge to an approved point.
If there is no surface water system one option can be to discharge to the street.
This is normally by constructing a proper kerb outlet like the photo below:
When most people think about rainfall they think about the amount of rainfall . . . . . . . . . but it’s just as important to understand how hard it can rain, the ‘Rainfall Intensity’.
The ‘Rainfall Intensity’ is important when thinking about things like; Roof Gutters, Down Pipes, Stormwater Pipes , Tank [read more...]
There are a lot of acronyms used on plumbing drawings so here are a few definitions:
AG – Agricultural (Drains)
B – Basin
Bth – Bath
BT – Boundary Trap
DP – Down Pipe
FW – Floor Waste
HWS – Hot [read more...]
Basement, or underground garages are becoming more popular.
Its one way of getting a bigger house on a smaller inner suburban block.
Before you make a decision to go for this solution its worth thinking about the cost, and the risk.
They aren’t a cheap solution for a few reasons:
There is a [read more...]
Have you ever wondered what this is in your garden?
Perhaps you have seen ‘ORG’ on a drawing.
Well the answer is it’s called an Overflow Relief Gully. It needs to between the house and the connection to the main sewer.
An ORG is a vital part of protecting your house against Sewage blockages [read more...]
What do you think of this Cubby House that someone built in their garden, soon after moving in?
Well it looks pretty good…………………………. Solidly constructed building, nice colourful paint job, and securely bolted down to a convenient concrete slab.
So why is it a Fail?
Well have a look at this close up of [read more...]