Free CIRIA publications

This guidance is freely available, but many documents will require you to sign in to your account or register online to download.
River weirs - Design, maintenance, modification and removal
02/11/2016
This guide provides good practice guidance on the design, maintenance, modification and removal of river weirs, including weirs on canalised rivers, canal by-weirs and side weirs, and river barrages.
 
Abandoned Mine Workings (C758)
12/02/2016
A working draft of the Abandoned Mineworkings Manual (C758)
 
Livestock manure and silage storage infrastructure for agriculture (C759)
06/01/2016
C759 - The new, updated report incorporates the amendment of the SSAFO Regulations in 2010, the introduction of new relevant regulations and the evolution of the construction and storage technologies.
 
The SuDS Manual C753
11/11/2015
C753 - This guide focuses on the cost-effective planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of SuDS.
 
Dam and reservoir conduits C743
26/08/2015
C743 - This guide covers a wide range of aspects to conduits such as forms and materials used in their construction, failure modes, methods for inspection and assessment (ie surveys, integrity testing, and leakage investigations), and the instrumenta
 
Old waterfront walls (C746)
28/07/2015
This web page provides an overview of how old waterfront walls were constructed and whilst many proved troublesome to construct, their longevity is a measure of man’s persistence to succeed.
 
Manual on scour at bridges and other hydraulic structures, second edition
09/04/2015
C742. This guide is for engineers and asset managers engaged in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of structures in the water environment that may be subject to scour.
 
Communication and engagement in local flood risk management
24/03/2015
C751 and C752. This guide will provide practical support for those working in local flood risk management. It brings together vast experience and ideas that have been tried and tested.
 
Application of Eurocode 7 to the design of flood embankments
14/11/2014
C749. This guide provides national guidance for practitioners in the UK and Ireland on the design of flood embankments to EN 1997 Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design.
 
Engaging with risk in construction
24/09/2014
This guide is a companion to CIRIA Control of risk (SP125) which provides advice and methods for identifying, assessing, monitoring and managing risks in an informed and structured manner.
 
Culvert design & operation guide
30/07/2014
C689. This guide adopts a whole life approach to the design and operation of culverts, with a focus on asset management.
 
Design for future climate: adapting buildings competition
30/07/2014
A selection of factsheets that provide insight into the approaches taken to consider climate change effects in the design of real-life construction and building refurbishment projects.
 
Containment systems for the prevention of pollution (C736)
01/07/2014
C736. This guidance has been developed to assist owners and operators of industrial and commercial facilities storing substances (inventories) that may be hazardous to the environment.
 
The International Levee Handbook resources
14/11/2014
International Levee Handbook resources include the guide, presentations and chapter overviews.
 
FRMRC: Framework for assessing uncertainty in fluvial flood risk mapping
06/06/2014
C721. The guide provides a framework for good practice in the assessment of uncertainty in fluvial flood risk mapping.
 
Asbestos in soil and made ground: a guide to understanding and managing risks. Ready reference
09/05/2014
SP168. This special publication ‘ready reference’ should be used to accompany the main guidance Asbestos in soil and made ground: a guide to understanding and managing risks (C733).
 
Managing urban flooding from heavy rainfall - encouraging the uptake of designing for exceedance
29/04/2014
C738. Designing for exceedance enables better management of local flood risk and surface water by creating safe and resilient flood routes, temporary storage areas and making use of other measures to reduce the impact of flooding.
 
The International Levee Handbook
04/07/2013
C731. The first International Levee Handbook is a compendium of good practice, offering detailed guidance on design, construction, maintenance and improvement of levees.
 
Who's doing what in Health & Safety?
05/09/2012
Update to CDM 2007 ??? Principal groups active in health and safety relating to construction.
 
Towards Zero Defects (TZD) Toolkit - April 2008
03/04/2008
 
The Lively Minds Club
01/12/2005
W008. This report summarises a one year trial of three innovative approaches to a consideration of future construction environments and the introduction of new technologies into construction.
 
Small private sewage treatment plants - selection process
15/10/2001
SP152L. This leaflet has detailed guidance for the owners of plants serving domestic households.
 
Septic tank systems - design and installation
28/12/1996
SP144L3. Part three of three leaflets on septic tanks. This free leaflet summarises essential information for those planning to design and install a septic tank system, provides best practice guidance and directs you to relevant sources of expertise.
 
On-site sewage disposal - options
29/12/1996
SP144L2. Part two of three leaflets on septic tanks. This free leaflet provides information to help you determine the best available methods for the disposal of domestic sewage on-site.
 
Septic tank systems - a user's guide
29/12/1996
SP144L1. Part one of three leaflets on septic tanks. This free leaflet provides essential information on how septic tank systems work, DOs and DON'Ts, and emergency advice.
 
Biodiversity indicators for construction projects
01/07/2003
W005. BRE and CIRIA have developed the following set of complementary biodiversity indicators that allow the impact of construction projects on biodiversity to be measured: 1. Impact on biodiversity: product; 2. Impact on biodiversity: construction p
 
Drainage of development sites - a guide
22/03/2016
X108. The guide is intended to assist all those involved with the foul and surface water drainage of development sites.
 
ODPM Consultation on Code for Sustainable Buildings (Phase 1&2)
03/03/2009
Three consultation workshops were organised on behalf of ODPM in March 2005 to discuss an initial outline of the proposed Code for Sustainable Buildings.
 
Guidance on glazing at height
21/03/2016
C632. Information on the glazing used within both new and existing buildings and which has a potential to fall on breakage.
 
Site decommissioning: Sustainable practices in the use of construction resources
01/06/2005
W009. This document contains guidance on sustainable practices in managing volumes of radiologically clean and slightly radioactive wastes and has been produced following extensive involvement of stakeholders.
 
Key Performance Indicators for water use in offices
01/02/2006
W011. This document is a simple guide to checking whether the water consumption of an office is high or low compared to the average. It also provides some guidance about how to improve water consumption to reduce water and sewerage bills, and provide
 
Designing for exceedance in urban drainage - good practice
22/03/2016
C635. This guidance provides good practice advice to drainage engineers, regulators, planners and the construction industry on the design and management of urban sewerage and drainage systems to reduce the impacts from drainage exceedance.
 
Key Performance Indicators for water use in hotels
01/02/2006
W010. This document is a simple guide to checking whether the water consumption of a hotel is high or low compared to the average. It also provides some guidance about how to improve water consumption to reduce water and sewerage bills, and provides
 
Masonry arch bridges: condition, appraisal and remedial treatment
01/10/2006
C656. This guidance provides infrastructure owners, consulting engineers, contractors and maintenance managers with guidance on the management, condition appraisal, maintenance and repair of masonry (stone and brick) arch bridges.
 
Site handbook for the construction of SUDS
03/11/2014
C698. This handbook provides guidance on the construction of sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) to facilitate their effective implementation within developments. The book can also be used in conjunction with CIRIA publication C697, The SUDS Manual.
 
DTI Global Mission Watch: Towards Zero Carbon Housing - lessons from Northern Europe
21/03/2016
This report represents the findings of a mission organised by CIRIA with the support of DTI.
 
Multi-functional artificial reefs scoping study
22/03/2016
C673. The study focuses on artificial reef structures used for coastal defence and identifies the opportunities and constraints to adding marine habitat and/or amenity.
 
Guidelines for the use of metocean data through the life cycle of a marine renewable energy developm
03/01/2008
C666. This guide identifies and recommends uses of metocean data through the life cycle of a marine renewable energy development.
 
Iron and steel bridges: condition appraisal and remedial treatment
22/03/2016
C664. This book aims to meet the requirements of those having a general knowledge of bridge engineering and asset management but requiring information about the performances and specific requirements of iron and steel bridges.
 
Guidance on designing for crowds - an integrated approach
18/03/2016
C675. This guidance contains details of what is considered good practice and has been developed to assist designers to enhance user experience and minimise the risk of crowd incidents and accidents within their design.
 
Drystone retaining walls and their modifications - condition appraisal and remedial treatment
15/03/2009
C676. This publication provides infrastructure owners, consulting engineers, contractors and maintenance managers with guidance on the management, condition appraisal, maintenance and repair of drystone retaining walls.
 
Control of risk
01/04/2011
SP125. A guide to the systematic management of risk from construction
 
Design of containment systems for the prevention of water pollution from industrial incidents
01/01/1997
R164. This title enables the user to find the most appropriate secondary containment system.
 
Retroffiting to manage surface water
20/04/2012
C713. There is an opportunity to manage surface water runoff differently to sustain communities that are pleasant and vibrant places to live in. This guidance sets out a process to achieve this.
 
Farm waste storage: guidelines for construction
04/12/2012
R126. This report provides guidance on construction requirements for farm waste facilities.
 
FRMRC: Culvert design & operation guide supplementary technical note on understanding blockage risks
08/11/2013
C720. While there is recognition that culverts present significant flood risks, there have been few systematic investigations in the UK of blockage risk associated with trash accumulation at culverts and other hydraulic structures.
 
Safer escalators in public places
08/10/2013
C732. This companion guide to Safer stairs in public places (C722) is available as a free download.
 
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
26/07/2013
CIRIA together with its funders and partners has launched an ideas booklet (C723), scoping study (C724) and animation to discuss and promote the role of water sensitive urban design in the UK.
 
FRMRC: Land use management effects on flood flows and sediments - guidance on prediction
08/07/2013
C719. This publication provides guidance to policy makers, farmers, landowners and land managers, governing bodies and consultants on the evidence and tools now available for supporting decisions.
 
Creating water sensitive places - scoping the potential for Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK
18/06/2013
C724. This scoping study, together with the 'ideas booklet' Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK, provides details of the drivers, benefits and vision of WSUD in the UK. It is based on findings from a collaborative project.
 
FRMRC: Quantitative assessment methods for the monitoring & inspection of flood defences
25/03/2013
C717. This publication aims to provide guidance to those involved in the management and operation of flood defence assets on how their asset monitoring programmes might be improved through the collection and analysis of quantitative asset data.
 
Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK
28/02/2013
C723. The ideas book brings together a number of key strands and has identified the benefits and opportunities of Water Sensitive Urban Design in a UK context.
 
Landfill on eroding coastlines
20/12/2012
C718. Guidance addressing the issues surrounding landfill sites on eroding coastlines, which sets out good practice in terms of how these sites should be dealt with.
 
Planning for SuDS - making it happen
01/12/2010
C687. Guidance on planning, master planning and the development process, as well as how they can be used to deliver a more sustainable approach to drainage.
 
Engineering to live within planetary boundaries: Civil engineering research needs
26/10/2010
This paper, prepared by the ICE, sets out a future vision for the development of civil engineering in the broader context of one planet living.
 
Guidance and standards on flood damaged buildings
19/11/2010
A study that address concerns relating to drying times for flood-damaged buildings.
 
Flood resilience and resistance for critical infrastructure
24/06/2014
C688. This web page provides a free downloadable version of Flood resilience and resistance for critical infrastructure.
 
Update of safer surfaces to walk on - reducing the risks of slipping
16/06/2015
C652. This web page provides updated information for use with CIRIA's Safer surfaces to walk on - reducing the risks of slipping.