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Sustainability in the Pool and Spa industry


Open the door to increased sustainably

Through improved hydraulic design, plant specification, system controls, and water recovery, our solutions can be up to 50% more efficient than other designs and providers.

Sustainability on swimming and spa pools is often seen as a grey area, even though pools are traditionally very high energy consumers.  For example, Part L of the Building Regulations does not specifically require pool tank insulation, yet in certain conditions there is clear benefit to do so.

Pool covers are recommended by the Carbon Trust, yet are frequently not designed into projects for aesthetic reasons – yet our own study has identified significant carbon savings. There are many sustainability issues that need to be addressed on swimming pools – and if done so appropriately will lead to a better environment and a better product through lower carbon emissions and lower resource usage.

Long term sustainability of leisure facilities

In our capacity as designers Devin recognises the opportunity to positively influence the long-term sustainability of leisure facilities.

Through early identification and careful design, it is feasible to minimise:

  • Energy consumption
  • Carbon emissions
  • Water consumption
  • Chemicals usage

We will clearly identify all potential sustainability options within our design scope and in doing so we increase the awareness to positively influence the wider building strategy.

Design measures to reduce energy and resource expenditure

The following Devin design measures are recognised as having a significant potential to positively influence the pool water treatment system sustainability characteristics, and as such to help reduce the energy and resource expenditure on the scheme:

No. Design measures
1 Establish energy targets
2 System capacity or plant size
3 Plant location
4 Balance tank location
5 Balance tank design
6 Surface water removal/transfer channel design
7 Strainer basket design
8 Pump flooded suction
9 Pump reducers and diffusers
10 Pump efficiency
11 Pump variable speed drives
12 Other pumping considerations
13 Pipework layout
14 Pipework velocities
15 Pipework fittings
16 Filtration methodology
17 UV system design
18 Instrumentation, operational flexibility, automation
19 Backwash water recovery
20 Backwash water heat recovery
21 System insulation
22 Rainwater recovery
23 Completion of design for construction
24 Installation of design
25 Commissioning of design
26 Operator training


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