We classify low rise buildings as structures usually of just a few floors; for example, a sports stadium or an international airport are low rise applications, but so are also a small block of residential flats or a commercial 2-storey building in a city’s business district.
Drainage Venting Solutions for Low Rise Buildings
Studor is leading the way with pioneering drainage venting technology, which provides complete venting drainage systems for low rise buildings. The revolutionary Studor System or series of AAVs compensates for both the negative and positive pressures in different types of venting systems (providing a total pressure balance). In addition, they provide drainage solutions which are environmentally friendly and are plumbing options which give you lifetime warranties.
If you consider the hundreds of sinks and toilets in a national sports stadium, which has the highest frequency of use in the shortest period of time of any building, and the demand this places on the drainage venting requirements, then here you have a the greatest need to ensure correct ventilation. This is where we can help, using the guidance of our in-house technical team and our CAD design service to provide you with a solution for a new build project, or we can even help you retrofit the installation.
Low Rise Commercial
Low rise commercial buildings commonly use the Maxi-Vent, the Mini-Vent and a combination Air Admittance Valves (AAVs) as a means of venting their drainage systems. On other occasions the P.A.P.A. is also a great option to combat any positive pressures.
More examples include: factories, hospitals and arenas.
Low Rise Residential and Domestic
Examples include: social housing, houses, low rise flats and new build housing estates.
Sample Reference Projects
La Caja Mágica is the most modern tennis venue in the world; completed in 2007 and constructed in steel, wood and glass, the sports complex was designed by French architect Dominique Perrault. The name “Caja Mágica”, or “Magic Box” in English, refers to the dynamic design of the angular, shifting shell that covers the two pavilions. A series of retractable roofs cover the 3 clay courts with a total seating capacity of 20,000.
The use of Maxi-Vent solved two problems specific to this build: The moving roof needed to be completely free from any pipe interference; and the stepped nature of the seating areas meant that space for traditional stack ventilation was not available.
A small retrofit installation has greatly improved the appearance of the domestic property concerned by eliminating the need for an unsightly vent pipe protruding through the roof.
A Studor Maxi-Vent was installed externally This was a retrofit installation. The Aluminium Cover provided additional protection to the Maxi-Vent, which was painted to match the exterior décor.
These installations were part of a network of new build properties in this picturesque part of New Zealand’s North Island, which resulted in the first Certificate of Accreditation given by the Building Industry Authority in New Zealand; issued in 1994, it represents a new way of thinking regarding residential drainage systems particularly with regard to new builds.
This new build project incorporated a range of AAVs from the Mini-Vent through to the Combi-Siphon. Since then, thousands of properties throughout New Zealand like this example have installed Studor products, resulting in cost savings and improved drainage ventilation systems for domestic applications.
The McNamara Terminal Concourse A is the world's second longest airport terminal building at 1 mile (1.6 km). The largest terminal at Detroit Wayne County Airport, Michigan, its 97 gates serve both domestic and international routes; providing Delta Air Line’s primary portal to Asia and its third busiest gateway to Europe.
Studor AAVs were installed in the new Edward H. McNamara Terminal as the positioning of the toilets in a central location within the building, and high usage rates, made traditional plumbing impractical.
“This was my first experience with the Studor air admittance valve and we are very pleased with the resulting labor and material savings and the excellent performance of this product. We would certainly consider using the Studor valves again.”
Larry Turner Project Manager, CPG
Originally built to serve as the centrepiece of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, the stadium was converted into a 50,000 seat, open air, natural grass baseball park, opening in 1997. The ‘Home of the Braves’ has quickly become an Atlanta landmark and a benchmark for future baseball park design.
The cascading nature of the seating areas in a stadium means that a traditional stack system can’t be fitted easily. Use of Studor AAVs is the perfect solution in this situation.
“I would be pleased to recommend Studor. My experience with these vents at Turner Field in Atlanta USA has been excellent. We have experienced no failures of any kind. I find them to be reliable and maintenance free.”
Eric Perestuk Director of Engineering, Turner Field