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Above Ground Drainage

Course Structure
Learning Outcomes
Course Fees  

Designed by a collaborative group of key building services consultancies and contractors, this CIBSE Online Learning module offers a practical, flexible and convenient alternative to face to face courses. This unit allows you to take a coordinated journey through an individual topic or a series of topics, finishing by testing your knowledge with interactive activity pages.

Course Structure

This module deals with the pipework installation within a building that carries away waste water from sanitary fittings including WCs, wash basins, showers, sinks and floor gullies. This is known as Sanitary Pipework. Once this pipework goes below ground, it is termed “Drainage”. This course deals only with Sanitary Pipework – ie that above ground. This module is also concerned only with Sanitary Pipework Systems that operate by gravity. There are vacuum systems and pumped systems but these have very particular requirements and make up only a very small fraction of Sanitary Pipework Systems in buildings. Specialist sanitary installations serving laboratories, commercial kitchens or industrial processes are also excluded from this module. 

Make your way through this course at your own pace with the following:  

  • Above Ground Drainge Topics
  • Additional Resources
  • Two Activity Pages
  • CPD Certificate on completion

This course covers: 

  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Principles, Regulations & Standards
  • Design Flow Rates
  • Systems
  • Conclusion

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CIBSE online learning courses are suitable for those wishing to enhance and support their current knowledge base, as well as graduates within an engineering discipline. 
Each unit has been peer reviewed and tested through this group. The units allow students to take a coordinated journey through an individual topic or a series of topics. The units form the backbone of several corporate training schemes.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Principles of Design
  • Performance Requirements
  • UK Regulations and Standards
  • Types of System
  • Determining design flow rates
  • Sizing and layout of Pipework
  • Location of pipework
  • Materials 
  • Testing
  • Fire precautions
  • Limiting noise

Course Fees 

  • Membership Rate: £255 + VAT
  • Standard Rate: £300 + VAT 


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