Kingspan Water Supplies Rainwater Harvesting to the University of Huddersfield

Aston Clinton, United Kingdom, July 02, 2009 --( Kingspan Water, the leading supplier of rainwater harvesting equipment to the UK building industry, has supplied an Envireau system to the University of Huddersfield for its new £14 million Creative Arts Building.

The Kingspan Envireau will collect rainwater water from the building’s roof, filter it and then pass it into a below-ground 45,000 litre rainwater holding tank. The water will then be pumped to a high level header/break tank within the building to service toilet flushing.

Mains water is also delivered to the header/break tank independently of rainwater, to provide back-up if rainwater supplies are exhausted, or if electrical power is interrupted.

As Gerry Quinn, product manager for Envireau notes, rainwater harvesting can not only help conserve water supplies, it can also bring significant cost savings for properties on water metres.

“We estimate the total rainfall in the region is around 800mm, which means that the total annual savings will be around £813 per annum – a payback period of seven years,” says Quinn.

The Creative Arts building also incorporates solar panels and wind turbines, which, together with the Envireau, is intended to achieve a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating, one of the higher marks awarded to sustainable buildings.

‘We are proud to be one of the first organisations in Huddersfield to be investing in sustainable options like rainwater recycling and renewable energy for our buildings,’ said the University’s deputy director of estates and facilities, Alan Johnson.

‘Consumption of water has been reduced year-on-year against a trend of increases in the Higher Education sector. This is just the start of sustainable projects for us – and not just new buildings but also in refurbishment of our buildings and in future projects.’

For more information, call the Kingspan Water Technical Advisory Service on +44 (0) 1296 633139, or visit their website

Notes to Editors
• Kingspan Water, a brand of products supplied by Kingspan Environmental, manufactures Envireau and Raintrap rainwater harvesting systems (approved by the British Board of Agreement (BBA)). All are available at builders merchants nationwide.
• Envireau’s holding tanks for storing water can be above or below ground. The size of the tank is dictated either by the calculation method shown in the British Standard, or in line with the BREEAM requirement pertinent to the particular project

Kingspan Environmental
Gerry Vincent
01564 796200