Amidst a pandemic, the right drainage solutions that support health & wellbeing can make all the difference, writes Adam Smith, managing director, Polypipe Middle East
As the global pandemic persists, the way we think about our spaces is rapidly evolving. The deep connection between human health and the spaces which we occupy has become more important than ever before. Fortunately, this shift is encouraging positive transformations in the construction and manufacturing industry towards solutions that better support health, wellbeing and sustainability.
What people may not realise is the profound role of drainage in optimising our spaces for health and wellbeing. The right drainage is critical to life in a building. Not only does it protect occupants from the dangers of leaks, failures and foul odours but it is directly linked to other systems in the building. As a key component in the anatomy of a building, a safe and strong drainage system is essential to creating healthy spaces which are built to last.
After all, the dangers of poor drainage should not be overlooked. The foul smells and disturbing noises caused by low quality drainage is not just inconvenient but harmful to human health. Toxic gases can enter buildings through blocked vents, dry taps or damaged drain lines and provoke a range of health issues. In fact, drainage plays an important role in reducing the spread of infectious diseases and enhancing indoor air quality.
That’s why the Polypipe Middle East approach has always been to support the creation of zero-risk environments, where drainage guarantees health and safety. Especially for spaces occupied by more vulnerable parts of the population, such as hospitals and schools, compromising on drainage is just not an option. You wouldn’t compromise on fire safety or emergency lighting in your office building or mixed-use development, so why should you compromise on drainage?
Furthermore, research has shown that the spread of viruses like COVID-19 and SARS is directly linked to poor drainage. It is evident then, in a world consumed by the COVID-19 crisis, there is absolutely no room for risk, for any type of building, anywhere.
With the onset of COVID-19, Polypipe Middle East’s dedication to supporting public health in our spaces, cities and communities has only grown. We’re proud to be launching our new high-performance drainage solution, Terrain FUZE, in the region. Terrain FUZE offers the best of British engineering, designed to support the creation of modern spaces that deliver the social, economic, and environmental benefits that we seek.
What makes Terrain FUZE stand out is the innovative material from which it is manufactured. High density polyethylene (HDPE) offers increased strength and flexibility, which is what has made it a top choice on the wide range of prestigious commercial buildings.
Terrain FUZE allows designers and specifiers to have maximum flexibility in the design process due to the solution’s inherent material characteristics. Firstly, Terrain FUZE is ideal for off-site prefabrication. Made from lightweight HDPE, it can be installed quickly and efficiently to deliver direct resource-saving benefits.
Furthermore, it’s resistant to high temperatures, making it an ideal choice for the hot climate of the Middle Eastern region. Engineered from fully recyclable materials, its ecological impact is lower compared to other traditional materials.
From a contractor’s point of view, using a solution which is easy to transport and quicker to install enables reduced transportation and labour costs. When it comes to installation, Terrain FUZE offers extremely diverse jointing methods, including electro fusion welding, for maximum joint integrity to ensure leak proof connections.
Terrain FUZE can be especially impactful for spaces where a zero-risk approach is necessary. It’s highly resistant to corrosion, making it ideal for spaces where chemical waste is produced, such as hospitals or kitchens.
Terrain FUZE not only has the ability to transform the nature of our spaces and ensure better health and safety, but also has the capability to work cohesively with Terrain’s full range of hybrid solutions.
From a public health perspective, these systems play an important role in keeping our spaces safe by acting as a barrier to viruses and pathogens from entering our working and living space.
From a technical standpoint, these specialist systems are capable of creating more space in buildings while increasing the efficiency of the drainage system and reducing cost and time on site.
Either way, Polypipe Middle East’s role is to overcome any project-specific challenge by using modern methods of construction and industry-leading solutions. Using precision engineering, stringent quality control and unrivalled support, we will continue to use our solutions as a means to protect our planet and our people.
As market leaders with over 60 years of experience in the Middle East, we are proud to continue to offer game changing systems, using our regional expertise and British engineering to keep public health and safety at the heart of everything we do.
For more information please visit Polypipe Middle East’s Terrain FUZE site.