Storm Consulting Music Case Study

Storm Consulting, Exfiltration Stormwater Treatment System
In partnership with Hornsby Shire Council, Kiama Council, CABP, UTS and HydroCon.

Winner, Stormwater Industry Association Award for Excellence in a Stormwater Quality Measure, 2008

Storm Consulting has developed the award-winning ‘Exfiltration Stormwater Treatment System’, an advanced stormwater treatment system where the stormwater goes through a pipe wall, then leaks out through another filter to a sand filter. The stormwater system has been applied in many locations including Ashgrove Residential Estate, Kiama CBD project at Hindmarsh Park and Kinross Business Park which is an industrial estate in Newcastle, New South Wales.

Surrounded on all sides by nature conservation reserves and stretching along four kilometres of beachfront, no other residential development of this scale in Australia equals ‘Sunrise at 1770’s’ commitment to maintaining Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principals. The development ensures residential facilities remain almost totally self dependent and only 172 houses will be located within the Sunrise Village. Nearly 98% of the land available is permanently conserved and adds to the area’s already considerable list of National Parks and Nature Reserves.

Dan Raymond at EcoUrban was project director for the concept, preliminary, detailed infrastructure design and environmental phases of the $20 million icon project. The project was the first truly sustainable land development in Queensland. It was developed within the dune system over laying Miriamvale Shire’s Water Supply aquifer near the town of 1770. The design included total on-site recycling of all waste and wastewater, all green waste and a unique sustainable building code.

Eco Urban used Music as a conceptual design tool for the stormwater systems at Sunrise. For example, there are no kerbs on the roads and all drainage where it exists are as dry rock creek beds. music helped in the first instance to see how runoff changed with the addition of roads on to the natural surface.

Storm Consulting developed this innovation together with a German company, HydroCon. HydroCon makes permeable concrete pipe systems suitable for use in relation to bioretention systems and sand filters. Storm Consulting also applied music throughout the development and design of the Exfiltration Stormwater Treatment Systems.

Mal Brown, Storm Consulting’s Director and Environmental Manager said the Exfiltration Stormwater Treatment System is an effective system that provides stormwater detention, and goes beyond water quality improvement.

‘A significant benefit is that a landscape design can be put on top of the system,’ he said.