CSA W201:18 (R2023)
Construction of bioretention systems
This is the first edition of CSA W201, Construction of bioretention systems.
It should be noted that this Standard, by itself, does not have the force of law unless it is officially adopted by a regulatory authority. Since regulatory authorities can adopt the Standard with certain exceptions or additional requirements, the regulatory authority of the relevant jurisdiction should be consulted in order to establish the extent to which this Standard has been adopted. Where this Standard conflicts with regulatory requirements, the regulatory requirements take precedence.
The following publications were consulted during the development of this Standard: City of Calgary Stormwater Source Control Practices Handbook (2007) and Bioretention and Bioswales (2016).
This project was made possible through the generous support of the National Research Council of Canada as part of its Climate Resilient Buildings and Codes Infrastructure initiative.
This Standard was prepared by the Subcommittee on Construction of Bioretention Systems, under the jurisdiction of the Technical Committee on Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management and the Strategic Steering Committee on Natural Resources, and has been formally approved by the Technical Committee.
This Standard has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
This Standard covers the construction considerations for bioretention systems.
This Standard covers the following items:
a) roles and responsibilities;
b) contract documentation;
c) construction sequencing;
d) erosion and sediment control for bioretention systems;
e) construction documentation;
f) material supply and handling;
g) installation considerations;
h) landscape materials and maintenance;
i) construction warranty maintenance; and
j) assumption protocols.
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