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LIFE CERamic Sustainable Urban Drainage System
A short description of the NBS project
Funded by the European Commission through the LIFE programme, European project LIFE CERSUDS (Ceramic Sustainable Urban Drainage System) is developing a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) that uses ceramic tiles of low commercial value as a flooring filter system. The main aim of LIFE CERSUDS is to enhance city adaptability to climate change and to foster the use of SUDS and green infrastructure. This is done by designing and implementing a sustainable urban drainage system demonstrator, consisting of a permeable surface whose skin is made up of an innovative system, with low environmental impact. SUDS, which are being increasingly applied worldwide, provide cities with new means and techniques for a sustainable approach to city rainwater management, integrating run-off management in the urban landscape, based on the natural behaviour of the river basin at issue prior to urban development. In example, the demonstrator envisaged for Benicàssim (Spain) involves construction of a sustainable urban drainage system via development of a permeable ceramic flooring, using ceramic tiles of low commercial value. The space foreseen for the demonstrator consists of a street section with light and pedestrian traffic in an established urban setting of about 3.000sqm.
Furthermore, during CERSUDS project development, two pre-projects will also be carried out: one in the Aveiro region (Portugal) and the other in the Fiorano region (Italy), countries with ceramic clusters and climate problems similar to those of Spain. These projects will be evaluated by both municipalities in order to foster the system’s feasibility.
NBS Implementation context
Spain, Benicàssim (Spain), Aveiro (Portugal) and Fiorano (Italy)
Ongoing (01.10.2016 – 30.09.2019)
Description of the NBS
object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale
• Object (Flooring surface)
Urban density/ Soil consumption
• High (dense city center, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?