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April/May 2007  

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These ads were seen during April and May 2007 in the Victorian metro and regional areas and the ACT.

Press Releases

October 5 2011  
Top Idea Australia Pty Ltd acquire Smartflo Gutter System from Sankey Pty Ltd

Top Idea are known for the leading ski-slope gutter guard system in Australia called Leaf Stopper. With it's Australia Wide base of resellers and installation customers, Top Idea plans to make Smartflo accessible to a larger market. If you already have guttering and require a gutter guard, then Leaf Stopper is the answer. more

August 19 2009  
Smartflo Gutters Go Back to School
Domed filters exclude vegetable debris from collected water
Smartflo gutter has caught over 8000 litres after only 3 weeks

Over recent years, the value of a school garden where students can get involved in preparation, planting, maintenance and harvesting fresh produce, has been widely recognised. Vegetable gardens are becoming an integral part of many primary schools' Healthy Eating programmes, in a bid to counter poor dietary habits and childhood obesity.

One of the prime requirements for a healthy garden is a reliable supply of water to carry plants through the hot summer months, and with water restrictions affecting most urban centres, the humble rainwater tank is rapidly becoming commonplace once more. However, in order that the collection system works correctly, downpipe openings, and tank strainers must be kept free of leaf and decomposing debris. To this end, Smartflo low maintenance gutters with a filter every 500mm, ensure that the downpipes and tank strainers always remain clear and ready to catch the next precious shower.

February 9 2009  
Warnings ignored on high-gutter menace

Thousands of homes face water damage from faulty gutters because the NSW Government is turning its back on the problem, writes Kelly Burke. (SMH - February 2, 2009) more

October 21 2008  
Sustainable Future Using Smartflo Gutters

Smartflo News - Heavy Rain

As the world slowly accepts that climate change is real and requiring immediate action, sustainable building practices are becoming the norm. Many of the techniques employed for years by rural households to conserve water, are becoming commonplace in urban environments as well. The urban rainwater tank provides water security for the times when water authorities are all out of ideas.

Before a tank is installed, the catchment needs to be examined for contaminants (most commonly fallen leaves and other organic material). If leaves are going to present a hindrance to the flow of water into the tank, a shielding mechanism should be considered. Smartflo enclosed gutters provide such a mechanism. In conjunction with a first flush diverter, Smartflo low maintenance gutters exclude the majority of contaminants from the roof catchment, ensuring downpipes and tank strainers remain clear.

The innovative design of Smartflo leafless gutter optimizes the retention of water even in the heaviest storms, while leaves retained on the shallow upper surface are dried out and exposure to light winds will clear them from the gutter.

Smartflo enclosed gutters have been used to great effect on sustainable houses from Yeppoon QLD to Knoxfield VIC, and also feature on many NSW Rural Fire Service depots. (Wangi Wangi, Forbes, Tingira Heights and others).

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September 17 2008  
Ongoing rises in raw material prices have required a revision of Smartflo prices

Please see the Smartflo September Pricelist

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August 29 2008  
Drought Proofing Urban Environments

Smartflo News - Heavy Rain

With the growing reality of uncertain rainfall patterns, "water security" has entered the vocabulary of urban planners and architects. The political debate over whether to fund desalination plants or urban rainwater collection still rages in most states. While desalination plants are beyond the resources of the homeowner, a backyard tank connected to toilets or laundry is proving to be a valuable addition to an urban home.

In the Archicentre Newsletter dated August 25th 2008, the pressure on the Victorian State government to mandate “a water tank  in every property being sold” was highlighted. The article goes on to propose that the cost be offset by a 50% reduction in vendor property taxes. Read full article at http://www.archicentre.com.au Media section.

As a long time supporter of urban rainwater collection, Smartflo gutters applaud the vision of a tank in every home. With Smartflo shielding the collected water from over 90% of the leaf and debris which would normally enter an open gutter, the obvious advantages in cleaner tank water and reduced maintenance Smartflo gutters offer an optimal solution to rainwater collection from the roof, at similar cost to conventional gutters with a leafguard installed.

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May 21 2008  
Smartflo Gutter - Alternative to Spreaders

Smartflo News - Alternative to Spreaders
Smartflo News - Alternative to Spreaders

 

Smartflo gutters, in common with all enclosed gutters, has only a limited ability to handle the concentrated flow from conventional spreaders which typically take the water from a large upper roof and distribute it through 4 or 5 50mm holes cut into a 500mm length of downpipe mounted horizontally. While this arrangement is satisfactory for an open gutter, the entry points for Smartflo are spaced at 500mm (to restrict the inflow of airborne dirt), and consequently the whole of the concentrated flow is focussed on only one or two entry points leading to localised overflow.

The best solution, from the point of view of drainage and water collection, is to contain the concentrated flow in a downpipe running laterally down the lower roof, and cut into the top of the lower gutter. This means the filter holes for the lower gutter only have to cope with the water from the lower roof, and the water from the upper roof is directed into the lower gutter through a new, larger aperture.

A less effective alternative is to cut additional filter holes into the top of the lower gutter, immediately below the spreader, to locally increase the draining capacity of the top of lower gutter. Each 500mm spreader should be draining into at least five filter holes. While this solution is less visible, it is also less effective in heavy storms.

In the residence shown above, the high roof (approx 70m² on each of four sides) is drained by two 100x50mm downpipes running laterally over the lower roof and cut into the lower gutter. The filters on the lower roof need only drain about 38m² per side, and then two 100x75mm downpipes on each side take all the water from both the high roof and the low roof to tanks at the rear of the house.

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April 1 2008  
Smartflo - smarter than your average gutter

Remedial work on houses following a spate of heavy storms down the east coast of Australia in the past 12 months has revealed internal stud and ceiling saturation as a result of water being forced back into roof and wall cavities.

The primary culprits are high fronted gutters that are fixed flush onto the fascia. These gutters have gained popularity over the past 10 years because they hide the ends of roof sheet and tiles from view. Unfortunately, when the downpipes block, or the gutter reaches its carrying capacity, the overflow point is at the back of the gutter, and can result in the excess water being pushed back into the roof.

The designers of Smartflo gutters were aware of this problem, and created a profile which is 14mm lower at the front than the back. In the event that the gutter reaches its carrying capacity, the overflow will always flow over the front of the gutter.

AS3500.3, the reference standard for roof and gutter drainage, offers several methods by which high fronted gutters might be mounted so as to avoid back flow into the roof cavity. However the clipping mechanism recommended by many of the major roll formers prevents both the flashing solution and the 10mm gap solution from being implemented.

All the arrangements comply with the Building Code of Australia, however the clipping mechanism for many high fronted gutters prevents either of the first two overflow measures, and the third is being avoided because it exposes the ends of the tiles or roof sheet. Smartflo gutter, being broader than conventional gutters, can be lower at the front and still mask the ends of the roof sheet or tiles.

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August 23 2007  
NSW Rainwater Tank Rebate Scheme

As part of the NSW Government's Climate Change Fund, new rainwater tank rebates have been introduced across New South Wales. The following table, published in "The Master Plumber May-July 2007", briefly outlines the rebate levels and conditions required to be met.

Capacity (litres) Rebate Connection to Toilet Connection to Washing Machine Maximum Rebate
$ $ $ $
2000-3999 150 500 500 1150
  1. Tanks must be at least 2000 litres
  2. Tanks must be purchased in full and installed between 1st July 2007 and 30 June 2009.
  3. Apply for the rebate after completion of plumbing and installation work.
  4. Sydney customers apply through Sydney Water rainwater tank rebate scheme here
  5. For all other NSW customers, apply through Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) here
  6. Local councils differ in the rules applied to tank installation. Contact your local council to determine their requirements for your area
  7. Connections to toilets and washing machines must be done by a licensed plumber. The plumber will need to sign your rebate application form to cofirm the tank has been installed according to NSW Code of Practice for Plumbing and Drainage.

More information is available online at
http://enhealth.nphp.gov.au/council/pubs/documents.rainwater_tanks.pdf.

Smartflo gutter is a logical part of any tank project, offering excellent protection from leaves and airborne contaminants, lower gutter maintenance and reduced risk of ember attack during bushfires.

For further information on Smartflo gutters go to please browse the rest of this website.

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August 8 2007  
Smartflo Gutters in the Blue Mountains

Smartflo News - Aquarius Tanks
Smartflo News - Aquarius Tanks

 

Located on the edge of bushland in the Blue Mountains, this ambitious owner builder project illustrates how vision and drive can be converted into an elegant dwelling.

Faced with the dual requirements of reducing the bushfire fuel load, while retaining as much water as possible from this formidable roof, the choice of Smartflo gutters was obvious. The broad shallow upper profile of Smartflo provides very little purchase for leaves which fall into the gutter, so that subsequent winds can blow this material off the top of the gutter. This action reduces the fuel load at the eaves, consequently reducing the risk of ember attack during a bushfire.

With collection capacity around 20% higher than conventional quad gutters, Smartflo gutters are also providing a clean rainwater harvesting system for the large poly tanks installed at the rear of the house.

These pictures also illustrate how to tackle the problem of spreaders when using Smartflo gutters. On an open quad gutter, the convention for draining an upper roof into a lower roof is to place a spreader at the foot of the upper downpipe. These are normally only about 400mm in length with 3-4 holes drilled into them. This arrangement does not work with Smartflo gutters, because the lower gutter is not open along its length, but has discrete entry points spaced at 500mm centres. The best solution is to run the upper downpipe across the top of the lower roof and cut it into the top of the lower gutter. This offers total control of the rainwater from the upper roof and ensures no overflow. Other solutions are to make spreaders 1.8m wide with 15-20 small holes, and to cut additional filters into the top of the lower gutter at the base of the spreaders.

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March 20 2007  
Smartflo Gutters and Aquarius Tanks Shine on a Wet Garden Show

Smartflo News - Aquarius Tanks

Gerry Larking - Aquarius Watermaster and Bill Sanderson - Smartflo Gutters

Garden shows are more in demand than ever as people look for drought-friendly alternatives in their gardens.

This was the case with gardeners turning out for the recent annual Kuringai Garden Show at St. Ives Showgrounds in Sydney's north.

Once again, the Smartflo Guttering System was on display with the compact Aquarius Watermaster Tanks. The display was designed to inform gardeners and home owners of the latest technologies in rainwater harvesting.

The wet conditions proved an ideal backdrop to the display, as it demonstrated just how efficient Smartflo is. In combination with the Watermaster tanks, visitors were able to see the most cost-effective way to save and distribute water.

Water conservation, particularly for the garden, has become a national obsession as water restrictions are in place across most of Australia. People are starting to rethink the varieties of plants they grow, and the means by which they will sustain them.

Smartflo's revolutionary gutter design separates water from fallen leaves. While the leaves remain on the shallow pre gutter, clean water drains through filters spaced at 500mm into the running channel below.

The show, run by Kuringai Rotary Club, has once again proven to be a successful showcase for Smartflo and its partners.

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February 27 2007  
Government's 'Green' Initiative Adds Colour With Smartflo

Smartflo News - Knoxfield

Livingstone Council's Judy Wannop (left) and Lattitude Homes' Joe Cragg were on hand for the installation of the Smartflo Guttering System

Smartflo News - Knoxfield

The intelligence Smartflo Guttering will make a significant difference to this home's water-saving features on its completion

The Sustainable Homes Program is a lasting legacy of the Queensland Government's Year of the Built Environment Program launched in 2004.

It encouraged local councils throughout the State to build display homes using state-of-the-art water and energy saving strategies.

Livingstone Shire Council in Yeppoon, which is located 680km north of Brisbane, is close to completing one such display home and the intelligent Smartflo Guttering System has pride of place on the building.

It was selected as the most efficient method to feed the rainwater tanks. Lattitude Homes' Joe Cragg, who is overseeing the project, and Katie Mitchell of Livingstone Council, who co-ordinated the suppliers, were both impressed with Smartflo's environmental and aesthetic benefits.

"If it looks good and it works well, then it's a recipe for success," says Bill Sanderson of Smartflo who was on hand for the installation. Mr Sanderson said it is important to recognise that people are often torn between doing the right thing and compromising their standards.

"Smartflo doesn't put anyone in that position," he said.

With cyclones a risk in the Livingstone Shire, additional bracing screws were used to lock the gutter down onto the brackets, to ensure that no updraft could dislodge the gutter from the brackets.

Completion is due by May this year after which the home will go on display for six months. The objective is to highlight sustainable initiatives which are readily available at relatively low cost.

Mr Sanderson says the Government was using the program to encourage sound planning and visionary ideas, such as Smartflo, as a way to make these initiatives the norm in housing construction, rather than the exception.

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January 17 2007  
Ark Space Demo Home Opts for Smartflo

Smartflo News - Knoxfield

The new Ark Space demonstration home on the corner of Princes Highway and Campbell St. in St. Peters in Sydney's inner west, incorporates the Smartflo Guttering system.

 

Ark Space set the benchmark on sustainable housing, so it came as no surprise when they chose Smartflo Gutters for their newest demonstration home in Sydney.

The enclosed gutters will feed the sub floor rainwater catchment.

The company operates on the principle of "sustainable and environmentally sound products which have low environmental impact". Rather than pay lip service to the philosophy, they literally live the dream of housing that adds value to the human experience while minimising the impact on the environment. This is evident across the lifecycle of their projects, from design through to factory-based construction, choice of materials and site protocols.

The choice of Smartflo reflects this belief, not only for its superior water catchment abilities but the clean, smooth lines of the guttering. It has been described by company principles, Pierre and Julie as the "perfect complement to the steel and glass fabrication style, which is the hallmark of Ark Space."

Ark Space is highly regarded for its contemporary design and the use of passive solar heating, convection-based ventilation and water conservation. This is achieved without any substantial increase in the cost of construction.

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December 13 2006  
Smartflo Takes Pride of Place in Sustainable House

Smartflo News - Knoxfield

Smartflo News - Knoxfield Sustainable House

This sustainable home in Melbourne's east features Smartflo as part of its water and energy efficient profile

 

Unless you've been living on Mars you would be well aware of the impact that climate change is having on our way of life.

From the devastating fires to the record drought, the evidence is all around and demands an immediate response. Well, one retired couple from Melbourne's east has set a shining example for the rest of us to follow.

A little over four years ago the Hughes family from Knoxfield built a two-bedroom house on a small block (530 square metres) with an emphasis on sustainability. The house is passive solar in design, completely self-sufficient in water, has a solar hot water service in series with a gas instantaneous boost for the winter months, a grey water recycling system for toilet flushing and garden use, and produces at least 55% of its electricity from a 2.4 kW Photovoltaic Array on the roof. Phew! And that's just for starters!

The couple installed the intelligent Smartflo Guttering System which has become the centrepiece of a water collection and distribution system, a necessity for an environment in distress. Rain is collected via Smartflo and passes through a first-flush device system, i.e. the first run-off from the roof which may contain dust and contaminants, does not flow directly into the 6,000 gallon/ 27,240L polyethylene tank. The house is not connected to the mains supply.

Smartflo also eliminates the need to keep gutters free of leaves and other debris. Not only does this improve water quality, it also avoids the need to climb ladders. Another plus for an older couple.

Water efficiency has been achieved through the use of AAA water efficient appliances. These include shower heads, a front-load washing machine, dishwasher, and 3/6 L dual flush toilets. Water from the bathroom and washing machine is collected, treated biologically by peat to Class A water, aerated and stored for toilet flushing and garden use.

As a result of this inspirational couple's vision and dedication, it has taken three and a half years to use the same amount of water that the average household in Melbourne uses in one year! Apply these statistics across a community of 20+ million people, and it doesn't need Einstein to recognise the positive impact this would have on our environment, economy and quality of life.

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November 22 2006  
Smartflo Makes Light Work of Heavy Rain

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When rainfall commences, Smartflo builds up a pool of water between the filters in the pre-gutter. This pool of water absorbs the energy of the flow coming off the roof and turns the stream to run parallel with the gutter rather than across it. This combined with an effective cross-sectional area of 9000mm² offers significantly greater carrying capacity than either 115mm or 125mm quad gutters. The gutter is also 14mm higher at the rear than at the front, so in the event of overflow water will always flow off the front and consequently away from the house.

 

Climate change is contributing to Australia's unpredictable weather patterns and placing pressure on manufacturers to revisit their claims about product performance in the face of recent catastrophic natural events.

Sydney in particular has been prone to these events, including a hailstorm in 1999 that resulted in record insurance losses of around $1.5 billion. A report in 2004 by Macquarie University researchers has linked land clearing in western Sydney to significant climatic changes in that city.

Newcastle-based Sankey Australia Pty. Ltd., manufacturer of Smartflo Low Maintenance Gutters, has released details of a Technical Assessment of the guttering system by Newcastle University in 1999 that validates the product's ability to cope with heavy rain and so-called 'one in twenty year' storms.

Bill Sanderson, Technical Advisor with Smartflo, said it was important for manufacturers to revisit their claims in light of the effects of global warming, and called on the Australian Government to demand that claims be substantiated.

"Product development and innovation is the key to success in the manufacturing sector," Mr Sanderson says. "But this must keep pace with changing conditions, be they technical or environmental."

"The public must have confidence in the products they buy and manufacturers must keep faith by ensuring that their claims are substantiated."

The leafless Smartflo Gutter was designed to optimise rainwater catchment while minimising maintenance. This may appear to be at odds with its broad, shallow curve on the upper pre-gutter area, however an independent study by Dr Shaun Manning of Newcastle University's Research Division found that the system can handle storm events of more than 180mm (7 inches) per hour. This makes Smartflo one of the most effective guttering systems of its type on the market.

By keeping organic matter separate from the collected water, the organic decay which is commonplace in conventional quad gutters is prevented, improving water quality and increasing the longevity of the gutter.

Further details and technical specifications can be viewed on www.smartflo.com.au

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August 16 2006  
Smartflo Gutters Reduce Maintenance in Aged Care Facilities

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The increase in the number of aged care facilities contructed in order to cope with the ageing population in Australia has put substantial pressure on maintenance of these facilities. The installation of Smartflo leafless gutters can minimise these maintenance costs by reducing the need to clean leaf and debris from gutters, protect buildings from water damage, and reduce the risk of ember attack during bushfires.

Smartflo enclosed gutters have been used at nursing homes and aged care facilities throughout Australia. The benefits to operators of these facilities are apparent within the first few months of operation. Many of these facilities including tanks to supplement an uncertain water supply, Smartflo is contributing cleaner harvested water in conjunction with reduced maintenance.

The problem of siltation and composting in eaves gutters is easily solved with the installation of Smartflo leafless gutters. Smartflo leafless gutters offer a robust and long lasting solution. The upper pre-gutter is broad and shallow, causing leaves which land in it to dry out and blow off. Meanwhile, domed filters spaced 500mm apart allow water to drain through into a lower running channel which remains clear of compost and silt.

Smartflo leafless gutters are a proudly Australian product made from BlueScope Colorbond Steel in Newcastle, NSW.

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July 18 2006  
Archicentre Chooses Smartflo Gutter

Smartflo News - Archicentre Chooses Smartflo

Smartflo News - Archicentre - Mosman Green

Mosman Green is a living, breathing, real-time, environmental renovation project of the 21st century by Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Archicentre provides professional, independent services to homebuyers, homebuilders and home renovators. Both aesthetic and functional, the Smartflo leafless guttering system was chosen by Archicentre for the project.

Smartflo leafless guttering was chosen for the collection of cleaner tank water, without interfering with the natural vegetation around the house. Leaves which land in the gutter dry out and blow away, while rainwater passes through domed filters into the running channel of the gutter and then on into down pipes and tanks.

"The aim of the project is to demonstrate the stages involved in the renovation process, the benefits of using an architect and how energy efficient and sustainable design can be incorporated into all renovation projects."

With well established trees on the boundary, it was clear from the outset that highly efficient leaf protection would be essential to prevent the sub floor water storage and down pipes from filling with organic matter and debris. Archicentre chose Smartflo leafless gutter to eliminate fallen leaves from the rainwater harvesting process before the composting process commences.

Using Smartflo enclosed gutter in Deep Ocean Colorbond, the architect, Stephen Petrie, has a smooth clean line of gutter to provide the perfect edge to the tiled roof.

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June 21 2006  
Common Guttering Problems Eliminated

Smartflo News - Common Guttering Problems

The all too familiar problems of poor performing gutters faced by home owners, managers of tourist parks, aged care facilities and other commercial enterprises is easily solved by Smartflo's innovative guttering system.

For high fronted gutters, accumulated leaf and debris in gutters and downpipes often overflow into the eaves and wall cavities. Low fronted quad gutters, under the same conditions, bend down under the load and create a spill point.

Smartflo leafless gutter addresses these problems at the earliest stage. The broad shallow pre-gutter exposes leaves to the drying action of sun and wind, allowing the wind to clear leaves from the gutter. Composting of damp organic matter laying in the gutters is reduced, leaving the running channel and downpipes clean. Smartflo is extremely effective on broad deciduous leaves and eucalypt leaves. Fine pine needles and jacaranda leaves are easily brushed clear from the pre-gutter.

Eliminating one problem also solves another. Rainwater tanks are fast becoming a common addition to domestic dwellings. By eliminating most of the debris from gutters and downpipes Smartflo cuts by over 90% the particulate matter which accumulates as silt in rainwater tanks. This gives the obvious advantage of dramatically reducing number of times a tank will need de-sludging each year. Once again Smartflo provides another smart solution to a common problem.

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May 17 2006  
Sustainable Advantage

Smartflo News - Sustainable Advantage

When Michael Mobbs and Heather Armstrong embarked on the renovations of their 100 year old Chippendale terraced house in 1996 they did not image their small dream would grow into something much bigger. The project has since become a foundation model for sustainable urban living in Australia, inspiring the book "The Sustainable House". Their ruling principles were threefold; rainwater harvesting, solar power, and waste recycling.

For rainwater collection and control Michael used Smartflo enclosed guttering, a product manufactured in Australian using Australian Bluescope Colorbond steel. He was able to cater for all the water used in the house. Smartflo's self clearing properties exclude up to 94% of particulate material from the rainwater tanks. Small domed filters at 500mm intervals along the shallow pre-gutter prevents leaves and debris from entering the running channel, leaving them exposed to sun - which dries the leaves - and wind - which blows the dried leaves out of the gutter.

In addition to free clean water, gutter maintenance on the two storey terrace is minimised, further adding to the savings. Clearly, Michael and Heather have looked a long way into the future for their home, and innovative products like Smartflo leaf free gutter have helped realise their dream.

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April 03 2006  
Leafless gutter system saves houses

Smartflo News - Leafless gutter system saves houses

Recent bushfires in the north west Victoria caused substantial damage to property and bushland. While the surrounding bush was being consumed in the blaze one Pomonal resident was breathing easy after deciding to install a leafless gutter system by Smartflo on his house. "Well worth the investment." he said. The self clearing gutter system ensured that the gutter was free of fuel when the fire approached.

The significance of ember attack in home roof cavities was highlighted in the Canberra fires of 2003, and is now widely recognised as a prime cause of damage to domestic dwellings during bushfires. The NSW Rural Fire Service has also observed the advantages of leafless gutter systems, with new fire stations at Forbes, Rylestone, Cranebrook, Wangi Wangi and Tingira Heights all having the enclosed gutter system by Smartflo specified.

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SMARTFLO NEWS

February 9 2009
Warnings ignored on high-gutter menace

October 21 2008
Sustainable Future Using Smartflo Gutters

September 17 2008
Ongoing rises in raw material prices have required a revision of Smartflo prices

Smartflo is manufactured by Top Idea Australia Pty Ltd, 15 Binney Rd, Kings Park NSW 2148