Huddersfield harvests rainwater

Huddersfield University is installing a rainwater harvesting system into its newest structure, the £14m Creative Arts Building.

A 45,000 litre capacity water storage tank will be placed into an underground pit next to the building, forming part of a standard ‘greywater harvesting’ system. The system will allow the university to collect rainwater from the roof of the building for filtering and storage, providing water for purposes such as flushing toilets.

Huddersfield intends the Creative Arts Building to become the most environmentally-friendly building on the campus. The structure incorporates a range of environmental features, including solar panels and wind turbines, and is made of construction materials that will be fully recyclable at the end of its life. It is on target 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.’