The move to sustainable architecture and how plumbing is involved

Sustainable architecture has become more prevalent in recent years.

Plumbing is just one factor the comes into architecture, that has a significant effect on sustainability.

Why is plumbing important in sustainable architecture?

One of the big things that architects look at when it comes to creating new buildings is how they can introduce features that help them to be sustainable.

One of the major ways that sustainability is achieved is looking at water usage and how it can be reduced and waste can be avoided.

Common issues that cause water wastage

Blocked drains, burst pipes and leaking equipment are just some of the things that cause water wastage in commercial plumbing systems.

While some features of plumbing have to be standard, it is important that plumbing installed is good quality, and that plumbers hired to install, maintain and fix issues like commercial blocked drains are fully qualified, experienced people that can ensure as little water as possible is wasted in the process of installing and fixing these issues.

Old systems are often the cause of water wastage in both commercial and domestic buildings.

Many old plumbing installations, from toilets to showers are known for having too much water flowing, in order to carry out their functions. Architects who are focused on creating more sustainable buildings will want to use new and state of the art specialist features that reduce water usage.

Specialist services to avoid water waste

Low-flow toilets, waterless urinals and low-flow and sensor-operated sinks are just some features of both domestic and commercial plumbing, favoured by architects in order to reduce water usage in new buildings. Some more advanced plumbing services and features used in plumbing; to avoid water wastage is sewer cameras.

These devices record the underground systems and can locate the problem much faster than manually, in order to avoid too much water being wasted by these issues.

Energy efficiency in plumbing

Heating is a feature of plumbing that can be improved when it comes to designing homes and buildings that are more sustainable. Heating systems are becoming more and more energy-efficient, with the introduction of using smart systems that monitor usage and can work to reduce waste. Some energy-efficient heating systems include:

  •  Solar heating systems
  • Heat pump systems
  • Tankless Water Heaters

find out more about energy-efficient plumbing systems here

More on sustainability and architecture – Useful links

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