The importance of accredited drainage
Floors and drains are an integral part of any building. Accreditation is an important consideration to give you peace of mind for your project and to make sure it’s compliant with relevant codes.
The WaterMark Certification Scheme is a mandatory certification scheme that ensures plumbing materials and products are fit for purpose and appropriately authorised for use in plumbing installations. For designers and plumbers, the story doesn’t start and finish with a list of products on the ABCB WaterMark database – there is a whole network of drainage that needs to be considered from a more holistic view point.
From the point of discharge to the grease removal system, there could be a range of drainage – gullies, floor wastes and linear channels. ACO offers a range of different grates, gullies, bucket traps and linear channels to suit specific application requirements.
Boone & Willard Plumbing has supplied and installed hydraulic services to the construction industry for over 55 years and has recently been involved in large-scale construction projects where supplying effective and compliant drainage was a key focus.
One such project is for a luxury hotel in Darling Harbour. Adam James, project administrator at Boone & Willard, explains that supply of equipment was key to the success of the project. The project required 700 CentrePoint floor wastes with tile grates and varying length shower channels, manufactured locally by ACO for the Australian market.
“Working with a supplier that could quickly supply floor wastes and custom-made shower channels was vital for this project. We wouldn’t have been able to do what we needed to do without ACO on board and working with a supplier that is WaterMark compliant makes the approval process seamless,” he said.
Boone & Willard also chose ACO products for the new $91.5 million Lidcombe Forensic Centre in New South Wales. Drainage considerations take on a unique dimension in functionality for the forensics centre that includes a coroner’s court, morgue and dissecting rooms.
“The selection of the grates was an extensive process to ensure they met the requirements of different areas within the centre,” says James. The centre required 225 metres of stainless steel vinyl clamp channel, mostly with a ladder grate and some areas with a mesh grate depending on the specific functional requirements of the area.
“ACO’s stringent attention to detail to ensure the highest possible compliance to water authorities and the ABCB’s WaterMark program, gives designers and plumbers the greatest confidence that the final drainage solution will be easy to clean, compliant and durable for the project,” says ACO Building Drainage product manager, Kate Jennings.
Lead image: The Lidcombe Forensic Centre required 225 metres of vinyl clamp channel, mostly with a ladder grate and some areas with a mesh grate, depending on the specific functional requirements of the area. Images courtesy of ACO.