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48 RAINWATER & GREYWATER PRODUCTS; SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS


natural building materials such as stone and wood. A testament to its popularity is that anthracite grey is now the nation’s favourite shade of grey on not only rainwater systems but also doors and windows. Products now available in this key shade allowing specifiers and their customers to capitalise on the growing market trend. Anthracite grey perfectly complements other building accessories or roofing components, and its versatility and sophistication has led to its popularity across both contemporary and traditional style homes.


MAKE IT EFFICIENT


A necessary part of any building’s operability, rainwater products are legally required to be in good working order under Part H of the Building Regulations. However, research by the BRE (BRE Repairing and Replacing Rainwater Goods 1997) found that a common problem for contractors – and a regular reason for damaged or badly performing rainwater systems – is the prevalence of wrongly sized gutters and inadequately spaced fascia brackets and rainwater pipes.


Often driven by price, these faults are a false economy, as the original need to keep costs down will inevitably lead to high repair and maintenance costs. It is possible to


bypass this problem by designing the rainwater system correctly without unnecessary cost in the first place, by ensuring the components of the rainwater system are sized and positioned correctly. For example, a larger gutter capacity may demand a larger, more expensive downpipe, but it may also result in fewer downpipes, and subsequently, less underground drainage, producing a dramatically lower overall cost.


Whatever the style of home, a correctly specified and installed rainwater system will stand the test of time. Integral to the overall aesthetics and the performance of the building itself, rainwater systems must not be an afterthought, but should be considered as a key part of the design process.


Hayley Lowry is marketing manager at Brett Martin


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